This Year’s Conference

September 20-23 in Jasper, Alberta

Help us out by pre-registering for the meeting and field trips online by September 15th at the WPEF-Canada website through this link:

You can also arrive and register on the day of the meeting.
Any questions about meeting logistics, please contact Brenda Shepard:



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 23rd 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.

If you are interested in giving a presentation, please email

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



Wednesday September 20, 2017 – Jasper National Park Administration in the Heritage Train Station (607 Connaught Drive)

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm Community Whitebark 101 Talk hosted by Parks Canada – Diana Tomback and Brenda Shepherd. Location to be announced.

Thursday September 21, 2017 – Sawridge Hotel and Conference Center (76 Connaught Drive)

  • 8:30 – 6:30 Science Meeting and Social
  • After-party venues to be announced at the meeting
8:00-8:30 Registration opens Registration
8:30-8:45 Introduction Brenda Shepherd, Randy Moody
8:45-9:15 Keynote: Whitebark and limber pine in Canada: where have we been and where are we going? Cyndi Smith
9:15-9:30 Breaking news: US rangewide recovery program Diana Tomback
9:30-10:00 Crown Managers Partnership High-5 working group update Brad Jones, Melissa Jenkins, Randy Moody
10:00-10:30 Break – poster session, silent auction
10:30-10:50 Restoration & operational projects in Northern BC Sybille Haeussler
10:50-11:10 Policy & implementation of recovery work in Alberta Robin Gutsell, Jodie Krakowski
11:10-11:30 Grizzly bear use of whitebark pine in BC Francis Iredale
11:30-11:50 BC whitebark pine activities and policy update Joanne Vinnedge, Michael Murray
11:50-1:00 Lunch on your own – poster session, silent auction
1:00-1:20 BC screening program for whitebark pine Ward Strong
1:20-1:40 Genetic resistance to white pine blister rust in 5 needle pines Rich Sniezko
1:40-2:00 Current limits and future potential range of northern whitebark pine under a changing climate Eliot McIntyre, Alana Clason
2:20-2:20 Limber pine masting dynamics Vern Peters
2:20-2:40 Whitebark pine seed update & germination trials Dave Kolotelo
2:40-3:10 Break – poster session, silent auction
3:10-3:30 Communicating effectively about science Niki Wilson
3:30-3:50 Past, present, and future climate change and forest dynamics in a high-elevation whitebark pine ecosystem, Wyoming, U.S.A Maegen Rochner
3:50-4:10 Improving understanding of threats to whitebark pine in the western US: Quantifying climate change effects on mountain pine beetle outbreaks Polly Buotte
4:10-4:20 Wrap-up: Announcements, field trip logistics
4:20-6:30 Catered social/cash bar, poster session, silent auction winners


Friday September 22, 2017 – Field Trip to Cavell and Tonquin Valley Trail

  •  8:30am – 4:30pm.

We will car-pool up the Cavell Road to the upper sub-alpine (45-minute travel each way) and do two easy hikes to whitebark pine stands. The Cavell Road will be closed to the public due to construction, so all attendees will need to be led in the car-pool by Parks Canada staff. Details will be available at the meeting.  Outreach and education activities, planting, cone collection, prescribed fire will be key topics during the field trips.

Saturday September 23, 2017 –  Field Visit to Saskatchewan Crossing Limber Pine Fire Site

  • Tentatively 11:00am – 2:00pm. To be confirmed at the workshop.

For those traveling south from Jasper to Banff on the Icefields Parkway, meet 1.5 hours south of Jasper for a short hike to a road-side limber pine fire site in northern Banff National Park.  Details will be available at the meeting.