June Mountain Whitebark Pine Restoration Project

Synopsis

In 2018 CalTrout and our partners began  to implement Phase I of the June Mountain Whitebark Pine Restoration Project.  This first phase will work to remove 113 of beetle killed Whitebark pine trees at the June Mountain Ski Area.

The overarching goal of the restoration project is to remove dying trees across 518 acres of National Forest System lands over five years in a multi-phased approach.

  • CalTrout is pursuing additional funding to accomplish subsequent phases, and intends to leverage funds to implement further scientific research to measure long-term ecosystem changes and determine best alternatives for biomass utilization.

Project Background

Over 70 years of fire exclusion, extended drought, and increasing temperatures have resulted in overstocked, disease- prone forested stands in the June Mountain area. The result is over 70% mortality of high elevation whitebark pine trees. Working in partnership with Inyo National Forest and June Mountain Ski Area, California Trout is implementing the first phase of a watershed scale project using forest health timber harvesting techniques at June Mountain. Our efforts will improve forest health, decrease the risk of high intensity fires, protect aquatic resources and the community of June Lake.

Project Goals

  • Remove decaying whitebark pine trees across 518 acres within the June Mountain Ski Area.
  • Improve overall forest health and resilience and decrease the risk of  future high severity wildfires and beetle outbreaks
  • Protect  downstream public water supplies and native species’ habitat such as brown trout.
  • Develop and implement an education and outreach program centered on forest health and resilience, the ecosystem services healthy watersheds provide, and expected outcomes from this restoration project.

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Project Funding Provided by

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation-Fuels Program
  • June Mountain Ski Area
  • Wells Fargo- Resilient Communities Program

 

What Can You Do?

Supporting organizations that are working to protect and restore places like June Mountain and other natural treasures is vital to responsible land stewardship. At California Trout, we work on conservation and restoration projects here and throughout the state. With your support and efforts to inform others, we can ensure wild fish flourish in healthy waters and thriving forests for a better California.

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