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Guidelines for whitebark pine planting prescriptions

Posted date: July 05, 2011
Publication Year: 
2011
Authors: Scott, Glenda L.; McCaughey, Ward W.; Izlar, Kay
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Proceedings (P)
Source: In: Keane, Robert E.; Tomback, Diana F.; Murray, Michael P.; Smith, Cyndi M., eds. The future of high-elevation, five-needle white pines in Western North America: Proceedings of the High Five Symposium. 28-30 June 2010; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-63. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 362-364.
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Abstract

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a keystone species in high-elevation ecosystems of the western United States. Unfortunately many fragile subalpine ecosystems are losing whitebark pine as a functional community component due to the combined effects of an introduced disease, insects and succession. Planting whitebark pine is one part of a multifaceted restoration strategy (Keane and Arno 2001). Once seedlings are established, they have the potential to be a long term seed source where existing trees have been lost. The practice of growing and planting whitebark pine is relatively new compared to traditional conifers, and with the high cost of cone collection and seedling production, survival is particularly important. This paper describes the planting guides created by Scott and McCaughey (2006) and further refined by McCaughey and others (2009). The planting guidelines should help increase survival making wise use of limited funds, and further the restoration of whitebark pine.

Citation

Scott, Glenda L.; McCaughey, Ward W.; Izlar, Kay. 2011. Guidelines for whitebark pine planting prescriptions. In: Keane, Robert E.; Tomback, Diana F.; Murray, Michael P.; Smith, Cyndi M., eds. The future of high-elevation, five-needle white pines in Western North America: Proceedings of the High Five Symposium. 28-30 June 2010; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-63. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 362-364.