Three Years of Recovering Whitebark Pine

  • December 20th, 2017  

    The fall of 2017 marks the end of whitebark pine planting season in Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park as part of an effort to recover the species. Knocked down by blister rust, fire, mountain pine beetle, climate change, and other threats, whitebark pine is an endangered species protected under the Federal Species At Risk Act (SARA).

    Since January 2015, the Trans Mountain Legacy Fund has supported initiatives to recover whitebark pine in both parks through cone collection, spreading seed, growing saplings in nurseries and planting new whitebark pine. It’s our hope that in supporting this science-based initiative, whitebark pine continues to be a part of these subalpine ecosystems.

     

    Conservation Biologist Randy Moody teaching the planting crew about selecting microsites to improve seedling survival. Photo: Parks Canada.