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Return of the giants: Restoring white pine ecosystems by breeding and aggressive planting of blister rust-resistant white pines


Fins, Lauren; Byler, James; Ferguson, Dennis; Harvey, Al; Mahalovich, Mary Francis; McDonald, Geral I.; Miller, Dan; Schwandt, John; Zack, Art. 2001. Return of the giants: Restoring white pine ecosystems by breeding and aggressive planting of blister rust-resistant white pines. Station Bulletin 72. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho, Wildlife and Range Experiment Station. 21 p.

In 1883, when the Northern Pacific Railroad made its way through northern Idaho, western white pines dominated the moist, mid-elevation, mixed-species forests of the Inland Northwest between 2,000 and 6,000 feet. These majestic trees often lived to 350 years but could reach the ripe old ages of 400 and even 500 years. They were an integral part of the most productive forests in the region, providing habitat for a highly diverse mixture of organisms, from the smallest microbes to lichens, higher plants, and animals.

Keywords: white pine ecosystems, blister rust, Douglas fir, grand fir, hemlock, Inland West


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Return of the giants: Restoring white pine ecosystems by breeding and aggressive planting of blister rust-resistant white pines
Electronic Publish Date: June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010

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