Tricking beetles and protecting whitebark pine - a video
Whitebark pine are an important forage species for grizzly bear, as we -- and others -- have written. They're also a species that writers and nature lovers seem to specially connect with; our own Ed Marston and Earthjustice's Doug Honnold have written odes to them in these pages.
Writer and photographer David Gonzales has founded a citizen-scientist group, Tree Fight, that helps scientists work on a project to combat beetles killing whitebark pine in Wyoming. The pines are suffering more now because warmer winters have allowed beetle populations to grow stronger. This video, by HCN's occasional media partner Assignment Earth, highlights David's efforts.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn is HCN's online editor.