This page features the Director’s Message from the latest Nutcracker Notes, written by Diana Tomback.
This issue of Nutcracker Notes is dedicated to our friend and colleague, Bob
Means, who passed away suddenly on May 27, 2015. With Bob’s passing, the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lost a strong and effective voice in support of
five-needle white pines, and we at the WPEF lost a committed and supportive
Excerpt: This is likely my last message as Director of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation. But I agreed to assume the position of Acting Director for up to 12 months as the Board of Directors searches for a Director who can fully advocate, without conflict of interest, for whitebark pine. I also transition to the new position of Policy and Outreach Coordinator in the WPEF, which allows me to be the liaison with various external constituencies, including NGOs and federal and other government partners. As a reminder, all positions on our Board of Directors are voluntary and not paid
Excerpt: A major initiative is just underway to restore whitebark pine and limber pine in the
Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (Crown), and the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem
Foundation is one of the participants in this effort. This initiative will be guided by a
“High Five” Crown-wide working group. The first organizational meeting was held in
Fernie, B.C., this past March, in association with the Crown Managers Partnership, a
collaboration among the different governmental jurisdictions across the U.S. and
Canadian boundary. The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation has long advocated for
whitebark pine restoration in the Crown.
Excerpt: The climate change predictions for whitebark pine based on bioclimatic envelope models (aka species distribution models) are in general agreement, but will they be right? They indicate that warming temperatures will result in distributional shifts of whitebark pine to higher elevations and more northern latitudes, and, ultimately, the whitebark pine distribution will dwindle to a mere handful of locations in the western United States. These predictions are often portrayed as “whitebark pine moves upward and off the top of mountains, and marches across the Canada-U.S. border to more northern latitudes.” (Then, WPEF-Canada takes over all our work!)
Excerpt: In the last issue of Nutcracker Notes, I discussed the significant contribution of the Wilderness Act, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, to the American conservation movement. The Wilderness Act established the only system of reserves in the U.S. with the objective of maintaining a truly natural state. It still
represents one of the most powerful and important pieces of environmental legislation in the United States, and a global model. Read the full article HERE.