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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Whitebark Pine Films

Hope and Restoration: Saving the Whitebark Pine

“Hope and Restoration – Saving the Whitebark Pine” is a powerful documentary short that tells the story of whitebark pine and the people and organizations working to restore this threatened species. Co-produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Center for Conservation Media and The Ricketts Conservation Foundation, the film includes rarely seen footage of Clark’s nutcrackers, grizzly bears and the iconic soaring mountain landscapes whitebark pine call home.

For the Love of Whitebark Pine Films

For the Love of Whitebark is a small grassroots organization working hard to conserve Whitebark Pine in the GYE. We work in partnership with land managers to accomplish our conservation activism. Follow us on instagram @fortheloveofwhitebark and learn more on linktree @whitebarkwarriors.

You can check out more of their beautiful short films and photos at Creative Ascents Films.

For the Love of Whitebark Pine

Into the Canopy

Getting to Work

What are Those Pouches on the Trees?

Hunting for Pinecones

Whitebark in Winter

A Strangling Fungus

The Loss of Whitebark


Citizen Science Projects

Current- The Pacific Crest Trail Five-Needle Pine Project, Michael Kauffmann (WPEF) & PCTA



Current- The Whitebark Pine Project, Aaron Wells




Current- The Nutcracker Ecosystem Project, Taza Schaming



2014- Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Carol Treadwell (BMWF) & Bob Keane (WPEF)


2016- Clark’s Nutcracker Project, Anya Tyson (Grad student) worked with the National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS) with financial support from WPEF & other organizations (see additional information below)

Clark's Nutcracker Citizen Science Project

In 2017, the Clark’s Nutcracker Project engaged 289 total participants in data collection, including 236 students of five organizations (NOLS, Teton Science Schools, the Community School, Wyoming Catholic College, Powell High School, and 2 independent citizens). To reach this audience, we gave public presentations and dozens of trainings to over 70 wilderness instructors representing 50 backcountry expeditions. In total, we completed 114 scientific surveys to document Clark’s nutcracker presence and whitebark pine stand conditions across four remote mountain ranges.

Symbiosis: Clark’s Nutcracker & Whitebark Pine – Checkout the TED Ed video here.