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Subalpine sentinels: Understanding & managing whitebark pine in California

March 31, 2020

A hardy inhabitant of the subalpine zone of western North America, whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a keystone tree species in California’s subalpine forests, where it regularly defines the upper treeline in the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Warner, and Klamath Mountains. Walking portions of the John Muir Trail in the southern Sierra Nevada, moving through extensive stands and mats of whitebark, one might wonder why such an apparently widespread and hardy species would be under consideration for listing as a federally endangered species.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title Subalpine sentinels: Understanding & managing whitebark pine in California
Authors Michèle Slaton, Marc Mayer, Shana Gross, Johathan Nesmith, Joan Dudney, Phillip J. van Mantgem, Ramona J. Butz
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Fremontia
Index ID 70209335
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center