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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Picture of grizzly bear eating seeds in forest with text "Save the Whitebark Pine"

Save The Whitebark Pine

The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, Ricketts Conservation Foundation, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and American Forests have launched a national campaign to spread the word about the importance of the whitebark pine tree, the threats it faces and hope for its restoration. As a keystone species in the mountains of western North America, whitebark pine supports a community of wildlife like the grizzly bear that indulges on the tree’s calorie-rich seeds. We also count on these trees for outdoor recreation and clean water for communities downstream.

Whitebark pine is rapidly declining due to a trio of threats from a non-native fungal disease, mountain pine beetle outbreaks and related impacts from climate change. It is estimated more than 325 million trees have been lost. Work is already underway to recover this species using the best available science, but there is still much to do. Now officially recognized as a threatened species in the U.S., we need a coalition of advocates to continue the momentum for restoring this remarkable tree. Visit the campaign website to show your support for whitebark pine.