2015 Little Bear GYGT Whitebark Pine Seed Orchard Weather Station

General Project Information

Project Title: Little Bear GYGT Whitebark Pine Seed Orchard Weather Station

Project Dates: 2015

Year project implementation started:

How many more years is this project expected to continue, if any?

Project Contact: (Please provide complete information for primary contact(s), e.g., name, position, phone number, email, agency name, unit/sub-unit)

Keith Konen, kkonen@fs.fed.us, 406-522-2560

Location (Land management agency or ownership and name of geographic area(s) where project was implemented. This information should be specific enough to identify a general project location on a map but not specific enough to compromise the project.)

Little Bear Seed Orchard, Bozeman Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest

Cooperators: (List cooperating agencies and sub-units, other companies/organizations, and individuals as needed.)


Project Funding

Funding Sources (amount FHP/amount other incl. in-kind)

Forest Health Protection funding                    $  6,500

Other funding                                               $37,500

Total                                                            $44,000

Did Whitebark Restoration funding get used or obligated? (If not, please explain.)

Yes, the weather station was purchased and delivered; however, the total cost and funding used was only = $6,099 of SPFH1115.


Project Details

Scope and/or Size of Project or Treated Area: (Include a short description of the project or treatment area if helpful in understanding the scope of the project.)

Infrastructure for 7-acre Seed Orchard

Number of Acres or Other Units Treated, Monitored, or Surveyed:

Specific location of project or treated area(s): (If desired, add more specific project location information here, e.g., UTMs, Lat-long, specific landmark. Otherwise, indicate if more information is available by request.)

Objective(s) (from original request):

Obtain on site weather data to guide seed orchard operations and family and individual-tree response to climate data.

Planting: (Please answer the following questions if the project includes plantings or cone collections.)

Number of seedlings planted (List by location if applicable): N/A

Was the seed source screened for resistance? (If other, explain.)

Were Plus trees used?


Weather station has been purchased with all components to acquire desired data.

Project Status (Is the project complete? If not, what remains to be accomplished and when?

The weather station has been purchased but not installed.  We have all components, yet need to select the final location, construct a concrete pad, erect the tower, and install the components. It is possible this could be finished fall 2015. Local weather station expertise lies within the district fire staff and due to the 2015 fire season we were unable to complete this during the summer months.

Will outcome meet objectives? Yes


Project Follow-Up

Are there plans for monitoring or follow-up? (If not, please explain.)

Yes, once operational the data from the weather station will be monitored and utilized frequently.

Changes Needed or Problems Encountered: None at this time.