This Year’s Conference

September 21-22 in Jasper, Alberta














WPEF’s annual gatherings are an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of high elevation pines.  For fifteen years, we have steadily strengthened ties between managers, scientists, academics, and the public.  In 2017 we return to Canada where interest and activities are growing.  Come to the WPEF 2017 Science and Management Conference in Jasper National Park on September 21st and 22nd and celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday in one of our most breath-taking places (

WPEF’s 16th annual workshop will showcase:

  • The latest news, science, and management tips for practitioners, students, educators, the public, and others with an interest in dwindling five-needled pines.
  • Exceptional on-the-ground learning experience by visiting high-elevation forests with interpretation by experts.
  • Opportunities for improving cross-border networks.

The indoor presentations on Thursday will be held in the town of Jasper ( at the heart of the national park. There will be field trips the following two days.  Keep checking the WPEF website for accommodation links and conference. We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in giving a presentation, please email

Please make arrangements for accommodations soon. Hotels are expected to book up early!

Draft Agenda

Jasper 2017 speakers list 
Thur. Sep 21st evening, public event: whitebark 101 Diana Tomback, confirmed

Confirmed speakers for Thur. Sep 21st all day indoor workshop

9:00-9:10 Introduction
9:10-9:55 keynote (I don’t have a title) – Cyndi Smith
9:55-10:15 Canada’s federal whitebark pine recovery strategy – Kella Sadler
10:15-10:45 Break – poster session, silent auction
10:45-11:00 Crown Managers Partnership High-5 working group update: Brad/Melissa
11:00-11:20 Restoration & operational projects in Northern BC – Sybille Haeussler
11:20-11:40 BC whitebark pine update: Joanne/Michael
11:40-12:00 Policy & implantation of recovery work in AB – Robin Gutsell & Jodie Krakowski (if no space could be a poster – this would be an update of our 2015 talk)
12:00-1:00 Lunch – poster session, silent auction
1:00-1:20 BC screening program for whitebark pine – Ward Strong
1:20-1:40 Rich Sniezko – TBA
1:40-2:00 Northern whitebark pine dynamics – Eliot McIntyre for Alana Clason
2:20-2:20 Limber pine masting dynamics: Vern Peters
2:20-2:40 Whitebark pine seed update & germnation trials – Dave Kolotelo
2:40-3:00 TBA
3:00-3:30 Break – poster session, silent auction
3:20-3:40 Improving Understanding of Threats to Whitebark Pine in the Western US: Quantifying Climate Change Effects on Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks – Polly Buotte USGS
3:40-4:00 Past, Present, and Future Climate Change and Forest Dynamics in a High-Elevation Whitebark Pine Ecosystem, Wyoming, U.S.A. – Maegen Rochner
4:00-4:20 TBA
4:20-4:30 Wrap-up: Announcements, field trip logistics
4:30-6:30 Social, poster session, silent auction winners
Later Band at the legion?

Additional talk to be scheduled: Frances Iredale talking about Grizzly Bear use of Whitebark Pine

Fri. Sep 22nd field trip, all day – whitebark pine ecology and restoration at Mount Edith Cavell

Sat Sep 23rd field trip, all day – limber pine fire ecology and prescribed fire restoration Icefields Parkway