In Idaho, home of their new one-of-a-kind sustainability-focused bakery, the organizations have been planting the keystone whitebark pine
tree species, a main food source for the grizzly bear.
The park is home to diverse plant and animal life, including giant cedar trees, mountain goats, and species at risk such as grizzly bears, whitebark pine
, and little brown bats.
* 2% statewide loss in whitebark pine
(Pinus albicaulis), a candidate for U.S.
Grizzlies in the region eat a wide variety of plants but have historically gotten most of their proteins from whitebark pine
nuts, army cutworm moths, elk or bison meat, and Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
The agency initially declared a successful recovery for the Yellowstone population in 2007, but a federal judge ordered protections to remain while wildlife officials studied whether the decline of a major food source -- whitebark pine
seeds -- could threaten the bears' survival.
A federal court ordered otherwise, because of the loss of whitebark pine
trees, which are a food source for the bears.
Local naturalist Whitey Lueck will give a presentation titled "A Tree, a Bird, and a Boy: The Story of the Whitebark Pine
" during a 9 a.m.
'Should we move the whitebark pine
? Assisted migration, ethics and global environmental change'.
Indicators of red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) abundance in the whitebark pine
, which provides a critical food supply for species
Dear EarthTalk: How is it that climate change is responsible for killing whitebark pine
trees and thus impacting mountain ecosystems?--Dale Livingstone, Salem, OR
A team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Madison reported that native mountain pine beetles are expanding their range further north into whitebark pine
forests in the northern Rocky Mountains.