Successful annual WPEF Science and Management Meeting Held in Pablo, Montana
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and the Salish Kootenai College (SKC) were the hosts for the recent WPEF Science and Management Conference, September 13-14, 2019 at Salish Kootenai College. Other sponsors of the conference were Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, along with WPEF. Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Board members and staff want to thank the hosts and the sponsors for all they contributed to making this a great meeting. In particular, the venue and food was provided by the college. College students, the forestry group, several tribal members and whitebark pine advocates donated items for the raffle and silent auction. Participants were never hungry due to the supply of snacks provided by the college during the conference. Rick Everett, professor at SKC, did a fantastic job organizing the entire meeting, agenda, and field trip. Thank you very much Rick for that incredible effort and all the behind-the-scenes work to make this year’s conference a huge success. A list of speakers and topics can be found under Conferences.
Many of the presentations revolved around whitebark pine management and cultural significance on Tribal Lands. This was also the focus of the field trip to Three Lakes Peak on the reservation, led by Divisions of Forestry and Cultural Preservation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Details of the meeting will be communicated in the next Nutcracker Notes publication. The next annual technical meeting in 2020 will be part of the larger H5II High Elevation Five Needle Pine Research Conference to be held in Missoula, Montana, September 15-17, 2020.
There was coverage of the conference and a scrap book of photos in the Valley Journal, Ronan, MT, Conference Highlights Unique Mission Valley Trees; and also in the Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT, Elder Tony Incashola remembers Whitebark Pine from his Youth.