The REPLANT Act would protect whitebark pine, a keystone high-elevation tree species
By Jad Daley, president and CEO of American Forests

Melissa Jenkins, formerly with the U.S. Forest Service, inspects a whitebark pine tree in Montana.
Sources: Krist, F.J. and Romero, S.A., 2015. 2013–2027 National Insect and Disease Forest Risk Assessment: Summary and data access. Potter, KM, and BL Conkling, editors. 2015. Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends and Analysis, 2014. General Technical Report SRS-209. Asheville, North Carolina: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 190 p., 209(6), pp.87–92.
Skilled tree climbers place cages around the cones of whitebark pines in the summer to prevent animals from eating the seeds. The seeds are collected a few months later and brought to tree nurseries.
James Lozeau of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe stores whitebark pine seeds at his tribe’s tree nursery in Montana.

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