2018 Whitebark Pine Conference Draft Agenda

2018 Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Annual Science and Management Workshop

Central Idaho Whitebark pine: High, Dry and Burned – a focus on forest restoration following wildfires and mountain pine beetle in a changing climate

September 20-22, 2018

Stanley, ID


September 19 –  Stanley Community Center (address)
9:30 am 6:00 pm Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
6:30 pm




  7:00 pm




Community Program – Whitebark Pine in Peril: Why we Care and What We Can Do

Stanley Museum

Elizabeth Pansing, University of Colorado, Denver Whitebark pine ecology


September 20 –   Stanley Community Center (address)
7:30 am Registration Opens
8:00 am 8:30 am Welcome and Workshop Logistics

Cyndi Smith, Director, Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation

Brian Anderson, Deputy Area Ranger, Sawtooth National Forest and Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Megan Keville – Northern Rockies Fire Science Network

Morning Moderator: Cyndi Smith
8:30 am 9:00 am Title: The National Whitebark Pine Restoration Plan: a multi-agency collaborative effort to rescue a high elevation foundation and keystone species

Diana Tomback, Professor, Policy and Outreach Coordinator

Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation and Professor, Department of Integrative Biology,

University of Colorado-Denver

9:00 am 9:20 am Title:  Millennial-scale reconstructions of wildfire, vegetation, and erosion in the Payette and Salmon watersheds

Jen Pierce, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University

9:20 am 9:40 am Title:  Climate change and whitebark pine distribution in the Sierra Nevada

Shawn McKinney, Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Coauthors: Peggy Moore, US Geological Survey Ecologist

9:40 am 10:00 am BREAK
10:00 am 10:20 am Title:  Managing whitebark pine under climate-altered fire regimes: assessing extirpation risk in the Greater Yellowstone using a demographic projection model

Elizabeth Pansing, PhD candidate, University of Colorado-Denver

Co-authors: Diana Tomback, Michael Wunder

10:20 am 10:40 am Title:  Prescribed burning as a tool for Restoration of whitebark pine, mission upland burn, Flathead NF

Cara Nelson, Professor, University of Montana

10:40 am 11:00 am Title: Whitebark Fire History of the Cascades & Bitterroots

Michael Murray, British Columbia Ministry of Forests

Coauthor: Joel Siderius

11:00 am 11:20 am Title: Predicting whitebark pine post-fire mortality

Sharon Hood, Rocky Mountain Research Station

11:20 am 11:40 am Title: High, Dry, and Safe?  Five-needle Pines in the Great Basin and Southern Rockies

Anna Schoettle, Research Plant Ecophysiologist, RMRS 

11: 00 am 12:00pm Title:  What’s up with Pinus defenses

Barbara Bentz, Research Entomologist, Rocky Mtn Research Station

12:00 pm 12:30 pm LUNCH (Homemade soup and bread provided)
Afternoon Moderator: Angel Saavedra
12:30 pm 12:50 pm Title:  Whitebark pine in mixed-species stands throughout the western US: Broad-scale indicators of extent, regeneration, and recent decline

Sara Goeking, Biological Scientist, USFS RMRS, Inventory and Monitoring

12:50 pm 1:10 pm Title Monitoring whitebark pine on Bureau of Land Management lands in north- and west-central Idaho

Steven Rust, Nature’s Capital

Coauther: LeAnn Abell, Coeur d’Alene District, BLM

1:10 pm 1:30 pm Title: Ecological effects and effectiveness of silvicultural restoration treatments in whitebark pine forests

Colin Maher, Ph.D Candidate, University of Montana

1:30 pm 1:50 pm Title: Whitebark Pine Seed Sowing on the Custer Gallatin National Forest

Clay DeMastus, Orchard Manager, Custer-Gallatin NF

1:50 pm 2:10 pm Title Seeds and Seedling survivorship in two MPB-mortality WBP stands

Kelly McCloskey, Ecologist, Grand Teton National Park

2:10 pm 2:30 pm Title: Field Testing Whitebark Pine in British Columbia

Charlie Cartwright, Forest Geneticist, Cowichan Lake Research Station

2:30 pm 2:50 pm Title: Whitebark Pine Friendly Ski Area Certification Program

Michael Giesey, Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation

2:50 pm 3:10 pm BREAK
3:10 pm 3:30 pm Title: Whitebark Pine Discovery Trail – Educational Outreach at Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Oregon

Brent Oblinger,  USDA Forest Service, Forest Pathologist, Central OR Service Area

3:30 pm 5:00 pm Manager/Operational Panel

Boise NF-Keith Wilson/Jennifer Brickey

Sawtooth NF- Robin Garwood/Deb Taylor

Salmon-Challis NF –David Morris

Payette NF – Paul Klasner

H-T NF- Duncan Leo

GYE –Avery Beyer

Crown of Continent- Melissa Jenkins

BLM and GYE- Emily Guiberson

CDA Nursery-Emily Overton Rhoades

Lucky Peak Nursery -Sara Wilson

FHP-Laura Lowrey

5:00 pm 6:30 pm Cash Bar with Informal Poster Session –Mtn Village Bar
5:00 pm 8:00 pm Silent Auction in Mtn Village Bar, Velvet Falls Room

Bid on merchandise, art, crafts, books, etc. and support whitebark pine restoration.  Bidding closes at 8:00 PM.

September 21

Field trip to Galena Summit and Rainbow Creek Project Area


8:30 am – 9 am- WPEF Membership Meeting

9a.m.- 4 pm (out and back from Stanley, Meet at Mtn. Village Lodge, Stanley)

This is a management focused trip. Come learn about the approaches Sawtooth and Sawtooth National Recreation Area staff have available to them to manage whitebark pine.  We will car pool from the Mtn Village at 9 am to Galena Summit and begin the membership meeting.  Next, we will hike the moderately steep dirt road ½ mile to the beginning of the planting area, and by several permanent plots and transects. The route will continue to gradually climb the next 1 mile.  The last ¼ mile, steeper than the previous mile, will take us to Rainbow Creek Project area and a daylighting thinning area (we should reach the top by lunchtime, 3.5 hours).  The estimated time for the return trip to the vehicles is 1 hour 30 minutes.  The elevation change = 8,700 ft. to 9,300 ft.  Attendees can plan to hike back to the car at any point they choose.  Others can continue on and return to Stanley after visiting Rainbow Creek. Bring your own lunches, water, and field gear for the hike.


September 22 (Meet at Mountain Village, Stanley)

Basin Butte Lookout, Salmon-Challis National Forest

9am-12 pm

We will car pool 45-50 minutes from Stanley to Basin Butte Lookout, 8,954 ft.  It is a good road with some water bars that may give low clearance vehicles a belly ache.  Expect two hours at the site with discussions at the wrap around porch on the lookout with a 360 degree view of 2012 Halstead wildfire and others, and THE PEAKS!  Discussions will include Fire and Lookout History, Regen sampling, Blister Rust ID, Plus Tree Program in R4, cooperating and coordinating efforts in R4.   Bring your own lunches, water, and field gear for the hike.



Poster Session, September 20, 2018 (Community Center beginning 8 am and during Social 5-6:30 pm)

Denyse Dawe, MSc. Candidate, Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, University of Alberta.

Title: Limber pine regeneration following fire in the northernmost extent of its range.


Maegen Rochner, M.S. Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee

Title: Tree-Ring Reconstruction of Late Holocene Wildfire from Remnant Logs in a High-Elevation Whitebark Pine Ecosystem, Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming, U.S.A.

Michael Murray, British Columbia Ministry of Forests

Title: Raising resistance: restoring endangered whitebark pine