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By Amanda Eggert
Montana Free Press 

Whitebark pine receives federal protection under Endangered Species Act

Under a Trump-era rule, the agency won't designate critical habitat for the beleaguered high-elevation species.

 

Last updated 12/20/2022 at 7:35am

Richard Sniezk /USFS

Whitebark pine cones in Crater Lake National Park.

Citing threats posed by disease and climate change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the whitebark pine is receiving federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

A 2018 assessment found that more than half of the standing whitebark pine trees in the West had died by 2016. The die-off is largely attributed to blister rust, a non-native fungal disease. Additional th...



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