Partners: Lillooet Tribal Council, Environment Canada, EcoAction, Habitat Stewardship Fund, Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk, Shell, BC Hydro, BC Ministry of the Environment, Columbia Basin Trust, BC Parks, Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada
Locations: Whitebark pine recovery work has been ongoing throughout the range of the species; specifically we have conducted work in the following areas: Southeastern Alberta, East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Columbia, South Chilcotin, Chilcotin, and Manning Park
Date: 2009 to present
Description: Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a federally endangered species. Numbers have been declining throughout whitebark pine’s range due to four primary threats: white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetle, fire suppression, and global climate change. KES has worked with various partners to recover populations. To date, recovery work has included the development of Phase 1 and 2 of the Federal Recovery Strategy of whitebark pine for Environment Canada; working with First Nations to initiate restoration work on traditional territory; developing mitigation plans for industry; working with backcountry lodges to develop whitebark pine plans for their tenures; performing phenotypically resistant seed collections; establishing permanent whitebark pine blister rust monitoring transects; monitoring seedling plantings; removing competition from whitebark pine sites to limit seral replacement impacts; and facilitating workshops to guide whitebark pine recovery.