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Whitebark Pine

Conservation groups appeal whitebark pine ruling

Conservationists are appealing a federal judge's ruling that rejected attempts to force the government to protect a high-elevation pine tree whose nuts are a food source for threatened grizzly bears.

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Judge won't intervene to protect whitebark pine

Judge won't intervene to protect whitebark pine

A federal judge has ruled against conservationists who sought to force the government to protect a high-elevation pine tree whose nuts are a food source for threatened grizzly bears.

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Snow shelter

Snow shelter

Deep cold needs to stick around for a long time to kill mountain pine beetles, which have a natural antifreeze that protects them in the winter.

February 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Jesse Logan

Jesse Logan

Jesse Logan, a retired Forest Service ecologist, talks about the effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on whitebark pine trees in 2013.

February 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Research: Grizzlies not so dependent on pine nuts

Research: Grizzlies not so dependent on pine nuts

BOZEMAN — Grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem have a varied diet and are minimally affected by the decline in the number of whitebark pine trees, federal research found.

November 08, 2013 1:46 pmLoading…
Grizzly deaths down by half in Yellowstone area

Grizzly deaths down by half in Yellowstone area

The number of grizzly bear deaths declined by more than 50 percent this year in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, according to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

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High up in Bitterroots, Hamilton man collects cones to help save whitebark trees

High up in Bitterroots, Hamilton man collects cones to help save whitebark trees

LOST TRAIL – High up on a Bitterroot mountain ridge in the very tip-top of a spindly pine, Gabe Thorne is doing his part to save a species.

September 26, 2013 10:30 amLoading…
Whitebark pine tree’s decline documented by researchers

Whitebark pine tree’s decline documented by researchers

TOM MINER BASIN — The soaking wet hikers had several theories about why Jesse Logan and Wally Macfarlane were carrying hatchets in their backpacks: To fend off bears? To end the misery of the clammy cold hike? To lop off frostbitten limbs?

September 26, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Into the clouds

Into the clouds

Hikers venture up a ridge on the way to the higher elevations where whitebark pine trees thrive, a harsh environment where they are a keystone species.

September 20, 2013 2:02 pmLoading…
Looking down

Looking down

The hike started at the B Bar B Ranch in the Tom Miner Basin and quickly climbed.

September 20, 2013 2:02 pmLoading…
Wally Macfarlane

Wally Macfarlane

University of Utah researcher Wally Macfarlane said effective climate change policy is needed worldwide to prevent problems like the loss of whitebark pine trees.

September 20, 2013 2:02 pmLoading…
Incline

Incline

Pam and Bill Bryan of Bozeman trudge up a mountainside in the Tom Miner Basin during a field trip on Wednesday to learn more about whitebark pine trees and the threats they face.

September 20, 2013 2:02 pmLoading…
Whitebark pine

Whitebark pine

Whitebark pine trees are long-lived, despite the fact that they grow at high elevations where summers are short, winters are long and there is little good soil.

September 20, 2013 2:02 pmLoading…

Low cone output increases grizzly conflict chances

JACKSON — Biologists say a bad year for whitebark pine cone output could lead to more hunter-grizzly bear conflicts in northwest Wyoming this fall.

September 02, 2013 3:37 pmLoading…

WGFD warns hunters of grizzly bear encounters

Human-bear encounters this fall — especially for hunters in grizzly bear habitat — could be more likely in northwest Wyoming since whitebark pine cone production was down, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is warning.

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Helena Forest working to reverse decline of key whitebark pine

Helena Forest working to reverse decline of key whitebark pine

GRANITE BUTTE — The pine cone in Amanda Milburn’s hand is odd. It almost looks lacquered, with a dark purple-red color and thick scales that are tightly bound to one another. The “umbo” — that’s what you call the little tips on the scales — is a light brown. Overall, the cone is about the si…

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Whitebark pine, ski touring course offered

A three day guided and catered educational tour on whitebark pine and safe travel in avalanche country will be held in Cooke City March 8-10 at the Woody Creek Cabin.

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Researchers seek more data on role of whitebark pine in grizzly country

Researchers seek more data on role of whitebark pine in grizzly country

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — In the ongoing deliberations over federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, debate often focuses on a fixed number of total bears living in the region.

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Study finds small success for whitebark pine

Study finds small success for whitebark pine

Whitebark pine trees have no defense against mountain pine beetles, which recently cycled through an epidemic in the West that was unprecedented in human history.

January 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Phil Townsend

Phil Townsend

Phil Townsend, second from right, has spent the past six years working in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

January 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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