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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Connie Alfieri Memorial

Connie Sue Wilson Alfieri, a long time Forest Service seasonal employee passed away recently. Connie worked 43 years on the Targhee National Forest in the Island Park, Idaho area. Mike Alfieri, her husband said one of the most enjoyable jobs Connie did was collect and clean whitebark pine cones for future restoration projects. Connie was involved in the whitebark pine seed extraction for a large cone collection in the mid 1990s; 88 lbs of seed! She was also involved in the care and handling of the containerized WBP seedlings that we planted in the North Fork fire scar in the late 90’s early 2000’s. Melissa Jenkins remembers Connie called the seedlings her “babies” and she handled them with loving care, making sure they were in the best possible condition when we planted them on site.

Connie spent her entire career working in the woods, administering timber sales, inspecting tree thinning contracts, planting trees, prepping seedlings to be out-planted on the Forest. She also provided scrumptious pot luck dishes. No one can make huckleberry cheesecake like Connie.

Because Connie cared about whitebark pine and its restoration, her husband, Mike, Daughter Rose and Son, Ben wanted donations in her memory to go to the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation.

Memorial Donation

On the donation form, please select “is this a tribute gift” and indicate that it is In Memory of Connie Alfieri.