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White Bark Pine Climate Change (WBPCC)

Status: 
Action
Dates: 
January, 2014

Upper subalpine whitebark pine forests are rapidly declining throughout western North America because of the interacting and cumulative effects of historical and current mountain pine beetle outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and white pine blister rust. Mitigation of these effects through active restoration and management is being attempted. However, many feel that projected warmer future climates will severely reduce whitebark pine high-elevation habitat, restricting the population to the tops of mountains or north of the U.S./Canada border.

For additional information, please visit the full project page at https://www.firelab.org/project/wbpcc

Whitebark pine seedling cluster. Photo courtesy of Anna Schoettle / U.S. Forest Service.
Whitebark pine seedling cluster. Photo courtesy of Anna Schoettle / U.S. Forest Service.



National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Inventory and Analysis
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences
Project Contact: 

Principal Investigators:
Collaborators:
Research Staff:
Brian Izbicki - Missoula Fire Lab Research Staff