2007 Operational Cone Caging & Collection

Project:  Operational cone caging and collection.

Agency/Forest or Park/District:  Lolo National Forest

Project coordinator: John Errecart

Contact:  John Errecart  Plains/Thompson Falls R.D.- Lolo N.F.   408 Clayton Ave. P.O. Box 429, Plains, MT.  59859.   406-826-4316  jerrecart@fs.fed.us

Cooperators: Flathead, Bitterroot and Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Source of funding /amount

FHP: $8,199

Supplemental funding: $6,000 from Lolo N.F. for contract development and cone surveys (NFVW)  These are appropriated Forest Service dollars.

Dates of restoration efforts

Cone Collection 8/30/2007.  Don’t have caging date, typically early to mid July.


Collect WBP seeds to facilitate outplanting of Blister Rust Resistant seedlings.

Acres/ha treated

4 seeds zones: Selkirk/Cabinets, Missions/Glacier National Park, Central Montana & Clark Fork/Lolo Pass.


Cone surveys will be performed in June with caging to start soon after. Seed zones will be prioritized for collection by status of areas with available planting sites (current priority: Selkirk/Cabinets, then Missions/Glacier National Park, then Clark Fork/Lolo Pass and then Central Montana).

Planting? If so, source of seedlings? Resistance?



Collected 33 pounds of seed for future outplanting.

Monitoring since completion of the project

No monitoring associated with cone collection.

Will outcome meet goals?

Yes, Collected WBP seed facilitates outplanting of Blister Rust Resistant seedlings for any cooperator within the seed zone(s) collected.

Future actions/follow up?

Annually check for collectable cone crop.