Special Journal Issue on High-Elevation, Five-Needle White Pines
Image credit: Diana Tomback
The Forest Ecology and Management special journal issue “Ecology and Restoration of High-Elevation, Five-Needle White Pines” has now been published. WPEF board members Diana Tomback and Bob Keane, along with Richard Sniezko of the USDA’s Dorena Genetic Resource Center, spearheaded the effort as editors. The special issue aims to raise awareness of the similar ecological threats facing these montane ecosystems and the critical need to develop conservation and restoration plans. It features a collection of overview papers and invited contributions from the keynote and plenary presenters of the H5II Conference held last year. Topical areas include health status, management practices, climate change, white pine blister rust resistance screening and restoration planning.
The journal issue also includes a paper authored by Diana Tomback and Eric Sprague, U.S. Forest Service and formerly of American Forests, on the process used to develop the National Whitebark Pine Restoration Plan and how it serves as a model for other high-five pine species. Since 2017, WPEF and American Forests, in consultation with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal and tribal partners, have worked to develop a range-wide restoration strategy for whitebark pine in the U.S.
The journal has provided six months of free access to the special issue for readers.
Just out, 6-mo free access! Special issue FORECO Ecology & restoration of high elevation five-needle white pines, which provide important biodiversity & ecosystem services but threatened by exotic disease, native beetles, & climate change. https://t.co/BtJe3ceVu7 pic.twitter.com/hG2vWO8Vh2— Elsevier Environment (@ELSenviron) September 2, 2022
D.F. Tomback & E. Sprague in “The National Whitebark Pine Restoration Plan: restoration model for the high elevation five-needle white pines” describe partners & process to rescue keystone whitebark pine, proposed as threatened under ESA https://t.co/mNbgv3ET5z pic.twitter.com/3sbK0lL10s— Elsevier Environment (@ELSenviron) August 23, 2022
Free access: Tomback et al.'s Tamm review describes key conservation and restoration practices for whitebark pine, an ecologically important high elevation western North American conifer endangered in Canada and proposed as threatened in the USA. https://t.co/MujjsHu1VE pic.twitter.com/wUITHsj3FV— Elsevier Environment (@ELSenviron) September 2, 2022