Climate Change and the Northern Distribution of Whitebark Pine

Preliminary results from a climate change trial on Hudson Bay Mountain near Smithers examining how whitebark pine seedlings from southern BC perform at northern latitudes over a range of elevations.

PhD candidate Alana Clason set out to map the northern distribution of whitebark pine and estimate the probably of regeneration and mortality within current northern populations in order to forecast distributional change over time (where is whitebark pine most likely to persist or expand under a changing climate?) Five areas were chosen for study:

  1. Babine Mountain Provincial Park in the Coast Mountain Range
  2. Mount Sidney Williams in the Omenica Mountain Range
  3. Willmore Provincial Park in the Rocky Mountain Range
  4. Mount Davidson in Central BC
  5. Dore River Fire, McBride, in the Caribou Mountain Range

Learn more about Alana Clason's work.