Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation (WPEF)

We are a science-based non-profit dedicated to counteracting the decline of whitebark pine and enhancing knowledge about the value of its ecosystems.


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Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation
PO Box 17943
Missoula, Montana 59808

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This Year's Conference

Pablo, Montana
September 13–14, 2019

The Far View from the Mountaintops: Meshing Past and Present Whitebark Pine Science, Management, & Cultural Significance


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This year’s conference hosted by: Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Salish Kootenai College, and the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network


Preliminary Agenda

The first day of the conference (September 13) will take place at the Johnny Arlee Victor Charlo Theater on the Salish Kootenai College Campus and will feature presentations and panels on current and developing research, management, and cultural value of whitebark pine.

The second day (September 14) will feature a field trip to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Three Lakes Peak roadless area within the Flathead Indian Reservation.

The 4th Annual Crown of the Continent High 5 Working Group Meeting will precede the conference on Thursday, September 12, 2019, also at the Johnny Arlee Victor Charlo Theater in Pablo.

**Updated** September 6, 2019

2019 WPEF Conference Agenda Update 9/6/18

(This preliminary agenda is subject to change)

Crown of the Continent High Five Annual Working Group Meeting

The 4th annual Crown Managers Partnership CCE Hi5 Working Group meeting will take place September 12th, 2019 in Pablo, MT. Objectives for this meeting include: Rolling out the CCE restoration strategy pilot results. Your feedback needed for next steps in your jurisdictions; identify and pursue opportunities for coordination across the CCE; nominate and elect a new Canadian Associate Co-Chair to serve a 2-year term. Registration is free but required. Please register at the WPEF Annual Meeting Registration link above and indicate which meeting (or both) you will be attending.

More information about the Crown Managers Partnership CCE Hi 5 Working Group and September 12th Agenda can be found here:

CCE Hi5 Meeting Preliminary Agenda



Johnny Arlee Victor Charlo Theater
Salish Kootenai College


The Johnny Arlee Victor Charlo Theater (JAVCT) is one of the prominent gateway
buildings on the east side of the Salish Kootenai College Campus. The theater
features a 210+ seat auditorium with thrust style stage, as well as lobby and small
kitchenette spaces. An attached classroom can seat 40. Both classroom and theater
have overhead projection systems; the theater has an additional public address


There are room blocks reserved at 2 hotels in Polson for the nights of September 11-14th (Wed-Sat). Polson is 9 miles North (~15 min drive) of the conference location in Pablo. There is also a list of other recommended hotels and camping areas listed below. Missoula is around 60 miles south of Pablo.


Room Blocks


KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino, Polson, MT

Reservation Deadline: Monday, August 12.

Booking Name: Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Conference


Phone: 406-883-3636

Room Rate: $80.75-$114.75 (depending on night and room type)


Red Lion Inn and Suites, 209 Ridgewater Drive, Polson, MT

Reservation Deadline: Monday, August 12th. Room Block group rates aren’t guaranteed after this date.

Booking Name: Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Conference


Phone: 406-872-2200

Room rate: $139/night for 1 or 2 person room

Government rates will be honored with a valid government I.D.


Other Lodging and Camping Options with 50 miles


  • America’s Best Value Port Polson Inn; 49825 US 93, Polson, MT 59860

Phone: 406 883 5385

  • Bayview Inn; 50149 US 93 Polson MT 59860

Phone: 406 883 3120

  • Days Inn by Wyndham Missoula Airport; 8600 Truck Stop Road, Missoula, MT 59808

Phone: 406 721 9776

  • Motel Six Missoula; 3055 Expo Parkway Missoula, MT 59808

Phone: 406 549 6665

  • La Quinta by Wyndham; 5059 N Reserve St, Missoula, MT 59808




  • West Shore Campground; 18090 Demersville Wagon Road, Lakeside, MT 59922

Website: Reserveamerica.com

  • Finley Point Campground; 31453 S Finely Point Rd Polson, MT 59860

Phone: 406 887 2715 Website: Stateparks.mt.gov

  • Mission Meadows Camping & RV Park; 44457 Mission Meadow Dr Ronan MT 59864

Phone: 406 676 5182

  • Diamond S RV Park & Campground; 46711 Old US 93, Ronan, MT 59864

Website: Diamondsrvpark.com

  • Willow Creek Campground; 54624 MT 212, Charlo, MT 59824

Phone: 406 644 2356


Camping in undeveloped sites on the Flathead Indian Reservation is by tribal permit; a list of where these permits are retailed is at http://csktnrd.org/fwrc/recreation.  Two permits are required: one for general recreation, and one for overnight camping.   Two tribal general use campgrounds nearby (30 minutes) include Mission Falls, and McDonald Lake.