Whitebark Pine Research

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre began whitebark pine research in 2007 by revisiting whitebark pine ecosystem plots that were established in the 1970s and 80s by the BC Forest Service through its BEC (biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification) programme. We wanted to learn how the resilience of these ecosystems was being affected by cumulative impacts of mountain pine beetle, blister rust and a warming climate. 

We discovered that whitebark pine ecosystems across northern BC were in serious trouble and that restoration was needed. 

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Mountain pine beetle attack in whitebark pine near Bergeland Lake, Sept 2007

Our research program has continued in collaboration with UNBC, BC Forest Service (now Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development), UBC and University of Alberta