Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

“Pine in the Park” raising awareness for endangered B.C. tree

September 11, 2012

On Sept. 22, local researchers will host an afternoon of awareness and celebration for the endangered whitebark pine. This quirky tree, which is often stunted and windswept from growing at higher elevations, has been the victim of rapid decline in recent years.

Pine in the Park: Research and Restoration of an Endangered Tree in B.C. Parks is an afternoon event taking place Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tyhee Lake Provincial Park. The objective is to showcase the work currently taking place within BC Parks and highlight conservation initiatives.

"Our goal is to introduce as many people as we can to an important tree that we are rapidly losing," whitebark pine researcher Alana Clason said. "The more people that are aware of this species, that wildlife depends on it, and that we're trying to slow its decline, will go a long way to making its conservation a success."

Along with refreshments, the afternoon includes games for children and learning opportunities for young and old. This event is funded by BC Parks and there is no cost for attending.

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre is a Smithers-based not-for-profit that aims to improve knowledge of natural resource sustainability by facilitating credible research projects across British Columbia. For more information about the centre, please visit http://www.bvcentre.ca or contact the centre at (250) 847-2827(250) 847-2827.