Another Opportunity to Donate to the WPEF in 2020

The CARES Act allows you to deduct certain charitable donations during the 2020 tax year. Taxpayers who take the standard deduction can nevertheless claim a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash donations in 2020. 


Join Us On-Line for a Virtual WPEF Science and Management Meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

On September 16, 2020 we will host a WPEF Virtual Science and Management meeting on-line.  The science sessions will extend from 1pm until 4pm, with an hour break before convening the “social event” and member meeting on-line from 5pm until 7pm.  The program of this web-based science conference is three hours of science and management talks on three topics: The National Whitebark Pine Restoration Plan status, climate change and high elevation ecosystems, and post-fire dynamics in upper subalpine forests.  During the social event, we will auction items to raise funds for the Student Scholarship, have a very quick members meeting, and provide the WPEF community a chance to converse in small groups. This “meeting” will take the place of our annual in-person science and management meeting.  Please put this one-of-a-kind event on your calendar. For an updated “Program Schedule” for the September 16, 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, please go to our website

High Five Research and Management Conference Postponed until October 5-7, 2021

Due to uncertainty associated with Covid-19, we have postponed the H5II Conference to October 5-7, 2021, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula, Montana. On-line registration will remain open at ‘early registration rates’, allowing flexibility for how and when you pay for attendance, and we will continue to accept abstracts for papers and posters.  Please, mark your calendars for next year for this international event.  Follow the H5II Conference webpage for updates   

Spring Edition of Nutcracker Notes Published On-Line

Bob Keane, Nutcracker Notes Editor, announced the on-line publication of Issue 38 of Nutcracker Notes. It is full of WPEF news and science articles. The cover artwork is an original painting by Andrew Hiebert to accompany an article about limber pine restoration in Alberta. There are six science articles concerning the restoration and ecology of both limber and whitebark pine. This issue also includes a discussion with the student award winner, Henriette Gelink. If you would like to access this on-line journal, please join the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, and Julee Shamhart will send you the link. Past editions of the journal (excluding the 2 most recent issues) are available to everyone here: See more of Andrew S. Hiebert's work here:
"Gatekeeper" by Andrew S. Hiebert
Cover painting for the Spring 2020 issue of Nutcracker Notes. 

Elections for New and Continuing WPEF Board Members to be Held Soon

Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation members, Look for an email with information on how to vote for new members to the WPEF Board of Directors.

WPEF Board Member, Melissa Jenkins Featured in a Recent Video

American Forests produced a five-minute video as part of their “Save Our Summits” program to point out the issues associated with loss of Whitebark Pine in the northern Rockies.  Melissa Jenkins, Forest Silviculturist with the Flathead National Forest in Montana, and a Board Member of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, narrates the video and her work is featured in the film. Check out the video at

News & Research

Sun Valley Idaho Mountain Express News Item on Ski Area Forest Restoration Project

In November 2020, the US Forest Service will start the Bald Mountain Stewardship Project to remove dead and diseased trees, thin stands and plant trees on a total of 920 acres of national forest and Bureau of Land Management property at the Sun Valley Ski Area. A number of dead and dying trees due to a number of disease agents has raised concerns about forest health and safety at the Ski Area. The Environmental Assessment includes various management strategies, including daylighting of whitebark pine and planting in previously treated areas. Daylighting of whitebark pine would remove all subalpine fir, lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir in irregular-shaped areas within 20-30 feet of the outer crown of Whitebark Pine trees on about 33 acres of the ski area. For more information, see the news article at:

Whitebark Pine Restoration in the Skeena Region of British Columbia

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is partnering with the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia to support the Bulkley Valley Centre for Natural Resources and Management to restore Whitebark Pine. To see the article published in the local news bulletin “My Bulkley Lakes Now”, go to

Virtual International Conference on Tree-Ring Research Held on May 29, 2020

A virtual Tree Ring Symposium using Zoom was put together by the Tree Ring Society, University of Nevada, Reno and Austin Peay State University.  There were seven presentations viewed by 136 attendees from the international community.  Some of the presentations can be viewed at One of the talks was on dendrochronology used to evaluate mortality in Whitebark Pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, by Savannah Collins-Key, University of Tennessee. For press coverage of this symposium, see

Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Highlights the Issue of Ecosystem Refugia in the Face of Climate Change

The June 2020 Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment has a series of articles as part of Special Issue: Climate‐Change Refugia Volume 18, Issue 5. One adaptation strategy is to focus conservation on climate‐change refugia (that is, areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and sociocultural resources). In this Special Issue, recent methodological and conceptual advances in refugia science are highlighted.  Natural resource managers now have theory, guidance, and concrete examples to apply the refugia concept in practice. The introductory article can be found at .

The articles that are particularly relevant to protection of Whitebark Pine include:

Krawchuk, Meg,  Garrett Meigs, Jennifer Cartwright, Jonathan Coop, Raymond Davis, Andrés Holz, Crystal Kolden, Arjan Meddens, 2020,  Disturbance refugia within mosaics of forest fire, drought, and insect outbreaks, Front Ecol Environ 18: 235-244.

Thorne, James,  Melanie Gogol‐Prokurat, Sandra Hill, Dana Walsh, Ryan Boynton, Hyeyeong Choe, 2020,  Vegetation refugia can inform climate‐adaptive land management under global warming, Front Ecol Environ 18: 281-287.

Barrows, Cameron, Aaron Ramirez, Lynn Sweet, Toni Morelli, Constance Millar, Neil Frakes, Jane Rodgers, Mary Mahalovich, 2020. Validating climate‐change refugia: empirical bottom‐up approaches to support management actions. Front Ecol Environ 18: 298– 306.

Just for Fun

Extraordinary Whitebark Pine: 
Large Whitebark Pine in the Pintlers of SW Montana

Whitebark Pine in the Pintlers, Montana.  Photo credit: Sarah Flanary
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