Project: Greenwood/Tepee WBP Release
Agency/Forest or Park/District: Plains/Thompson Falls RD, Lolo NF, Sanders County, MT
Project coordinator: Valerie Walker
Contact: Valerie Walker firstname.lastname@example.org, (406) 826-4343
Source of funding /amount
Supplemental funding: $885.00, NFVW
Dates of restoration efforts
Release planted WBP from competing conifers
15 plots approximately 1/10 acre each (variable plots)
Because whitebark pine’s intolerance to competition is well documented, this project was not intended as a study. Our intent was to protect the investment already made in restoring the species to these sites and to help ensure the seedlings survive to reproductive maturity. Because the total number of seedlings involved is so small, there will not be an untreated control population.
We accompanied a YCC crew walking into these areas when the soil was moist and hand-pull all non-WBP within 12’ of a WBP.
Planting? If so, source of seedlings? Resistance?
We were satisfied with our efforts to protect the investment made in these seedlings by maintaining their freedom from competition. We were fortunate to have a YCC crew on the District this season that provided many hands cheaply. This project dovetailed nicely with having this crew build cone cages, identify trees for an operational cone collection, then accompany the climbers through the caging process, and provided a broader view of whitebark pine restoration.