An ecologically crucial Sierra pine becomes one of few tree species protected by the feds under the Endangered Species Act

A 2016 analysis by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station found that 51% of all standing whitebark pines across North America and ...

December 21, 2022
6:14 AM

A 2016 analysis by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station found that 51% of all standing whitebark pines across North America and Canada were dead. Letting them disappear could be catastrophic. Whitebark pines help maintain the snow pack. Their seeds provide fatty food sources for the grizzly bear, fox, birds and other creatures who survive in harsh alpine environments. Protecting these trees is critical for preserving biological diversity, said Rebecca Riley, legal director of the natural program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Julie Johnson