More On The Endangered Whitebark

I can honestly say that I have spent a lot of time in Whitebark Pine habitat and I have seen both black and grizzly bears feed and key in on the Whitebark…Clarks Nutcrackers key in on the pine, Red Squirrels cache the nuts of this pine, only later to have their cache raided by grizzly bears and I have slept among clusters of this pine…only to awaken the next morning and have a nut laden bear scat about 30 yards from my tent; the scat still being warm…shoo! Of all the national environmental groups the NRDC is right on top of this issue the best…They are quicker than skeptical bearbiologists on the Whitebark issue…my feeling is that it has a lot to do with wildlife advocacy coming to NRDC from Louisa Willcox, a bear woman if there ever was one.
Matt
by Erika Brekke July 19, 2010 Favorite Local To This Post .Tags
climate change | endangered species | global warming | grizzly bears | mountain pine beetle | whitebark pine | Yellowstone National Park

Whitebark pine trees are in trouble. Growing in the Western mountains, these important trees provide habitat for small animals and food for grizzly bears. But global warming has driven the mountain pine beetle, a pest that attacks and kills the trees, into the areas where the whitebark’s habitat. If measures aren’t taken to combat global warming, iconic landscapes and entire ecosystems could be dramatically transformed.

NRDC asked the government in 2008 to consider the whitebark pine for endangered species status, then sued earlier this year because the government hadn’t acted on the request. A preliminary finding to be issued Tuesday is expected to move the tree a step closer to federal protection.

Related:
More OnEarth coverage of whitebark pine
Experts on NRDC’s Switchboard blog

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Wally Macfarlane wrote on July 27, 2010, 03:41PM : Flag this comment as inappropriate

Erika,

Thank you for producing such a powerful video regarding the plight of the whitebark pine. My hope is that your video will reach and resonate with mainstream America. If viewers want more information on what they can do to get involved in this issue they should check out TreeFight.org.

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