Subalpine sentinels: Understanding & managing whitebark pine in California

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A hardy inhabitant of the subalpine zone of western North America, whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a keystone tree species in California’s subalpine forests, where it regularly defines the upper treeline in the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Warner, and Klamath Mountains. Walking portions of the John Muir Trail in the southern Sierra Nevada, moving through extensive stands and mats of whitebark, one might wonder why such an apparently widespread and hardy species would be under consideration for listing as a federally endangered species.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Subalpine sentinels: Understanding & managing whitebark pine in California
Series title Fremontia
Volume 47
Issue 1
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher California Native Plant Society
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 9 p.
First page 34
Last page 42
Country United States
State California
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