From NRDC in the News. Thanks NRDC staffer.
A conservation group says the decline of the White Bark Pine is the reason the Yellowstone Ecosystem was named to the list of ten Endangered Ecosystems that need to be saved. Natural Resources Defense Council Scientist Sylvia Fallon says global warming is allowing pine beetles to thrive and kill White Bark Pine trees. She says that’s bad because the tree is important to a number of species.
“It provides habitat for all kinds of wildlife like elk, Clarks nutcracker squirrels and the Grizzly bear. It’s particularly important for the grizzly because the seeds of the Whitebark Pine provides an important food source for the Grizzly. ”
Fallon says without the Whitebark Pine grizzlies have to wander to find other food sources and that can lead to conflicts with humans. She says the solution is to begin addressing climate change now. Fallon says they also want protections for the tree and grizzlies.