Whitebark Pine Mortality Assessment Report

July 21, 2010

The red and grey trees littering the western landscape are a testament to the fact that North America's forests are under assault. And nowhere is it more obvious and dangerous than at high elevations where whitebark pine trees are falling victim to the hungry mountain pine beetles, climate change and blister rust at such incredible numbers that scientists predict they could go functionally extinct in the coming decade. NRDC and the US Forest Service helped fund an unprecedented study of the entire 20 million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to investigate mortality levels of whitebark pine throughout the region.