Melissa Jenkins- Kalispell, Montana

I am currently the forest silviculturist on the Flathead National Forest. It has been my privilege to serve on the WPEF board of directors since 2010, first as a board member, and then as secretary since 2013. In 1981, I received a BS in forestry from the State University of NY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I first got the whitebark “fever” in 1996 when I identified a bumper cone crop and completed a large cone collection. My passion for the resource, and my relationship with managers and researchers, has continued to grow over the years. In 2001, I became the first Chair of the Greater Yellowstone Area Whitebark Pine Committee. Under my leadership, the six national forests and two national parks came together and made great progress toward accomplishing ecosystem-wide goals. Recognizing the need for an ecosystem-wide restoration strategy, I wrote GYA Whitebark Pine Restoration Guidelines in 2005. My whitebark pine restoration accomplishments include a wide variety of projects including prescribed burning, planting, silvicultural treatments, plus tree identification and protection, and cone collection.

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