2016 Assessing whitebark pine distribution and stand conditions on the Yakama Reservation

General Project Information

Project Title:

Assessing whitebark pine distribution and stand conditions on the Yakama Reservation

Project Dates: 2016

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)

Whitney Matthes, Yakama Nation, (509) 949-0423

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.)

Yakama Reservation, Toppenish, WA, West Coast Region (R6)

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                   $17,000

Other funding                                                 $30,000

Total                                                               $47,000


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

No funding from the whitebark pine grant has been used or obligated at this point.


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.)

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):

The original and current objective for this project is to collect baseline data on population distribution, health, and regeneration status of whitebark pine on the Yakima Reservation (YR).

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?


Not available at this time.

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

The project has not started yet. In late June 2016, Katherine Fitch the previous project contact accepted a new position at a different company. Due to her sudden departure, the Yakama Nation Wildlife department was unable to complete the work during the 2016 fiscal year. We plan to complete the project this summer (2017) in accordance to the original grant proposal submitted by Katherine Fitch in September 2015.

Will outcome meet objectives?  Yes


Project Follow-Up

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

We plan to establish permanent whitebark pine monitoring plots.

Changes Needed or Problems Encountered:

Due to loss of the original project contact, the project was put on hold until a new restoration biologist could be hired. As of October 2016, a new restoration biologist has been employed and we plan to continue the project and meet the outlined objectives in the summer of 2017.