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Good afternoon, welcome to the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation virtual conference. We are only displaying the speaker on the screen, everyone else will be muted and off screen when the conference starts. If you are seeing a gallery of everyone go to the upper right and select "speaker" view. Open your Chat box (lower portion of screen) and we will use it for messages as well as questions for the speaker.
hello everyone, I'm Edyta, from Kamloops, BC
Rob Mangold- first speaker
Hi Art- We have too many to show them all, but if you look on the bottom, you can open up a list of all participants. will that work?
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Sorry, Jullie, but I can't see any tab with participants, I have only "Chat", "Rise hand", and "Q&A"...
Ahh, sorry. It's possible that attendees can't see the participant list.
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dang, Mike, you sure are talented!
Diana Tomback speaking
hi bev-- thanks!
all is good
Brian Kittler speaking
Unfortunately we do not have questions to Diana and Brian, but if you send in a chat question we will make sure they respond to you.
It's probably a question to all panelists: to what level there is cooperation between US and Canada? Will there be a presentation on WBP situation in Canada?
Remove competing species like subalpine fir.
Jonathan Nesmith speaking now
All- if you have a question- please select All Panelists and attendees in the "To" panel of chat box. then everyone will benefit. thanks
Can you share a list of attendees when this is over?
BLM has nominated core areas in Idaho, and Region 4 of the Forest Service will have nominated core areas, which we are currently working on.The three R's are the basis of the US F&WS status
we think we can and will!
Thanks, Jonny! I'm curious about responsive park staff have been to this effort. (I'm very grateful that you are somewhere safe and you still prioritized talking today). -- Nicole
Emily Guiberson talking
Question to Jonny from Vladimir Kovalenko- is the rate of infect increasing in SIEN?
Is there a particular whitebark plot monitoring protocol that WPEF has developed/most approves of?
We will be developing a set of monitoring protocols that are fairly general to offer for Data Call 2B.
We need to see how the Region 1 core area nominations play out in relation to the Bridgers.
That is complicated. We need to engage the leadership in this discussion. Right now it seems case by case.
Thank you, Diana!
Very important question Chloe. Thanks!
Question to all the panelists: if management will be possible in wilderness areas, will that extend to LPP that could support MPB population build-up?
The Mid-Swan DEIS is proposing to seed in the Mission Mountains Wilderness in one of the alternatives. The DEIS is available online on the Flathead NF website
We need to move along to the next talk, thanks.
David Neale current speaker
OK now is David Neale...
Mr, Mangold I sure hope scion or seedlings had been collected from those sugar pine before they were destroyed
Question from David Walker to Dave Neal- any ongoing research on genetics of Cronartium?
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he Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation Methods for Surveying and Monitoring Whitebark Pine for Blister Rust Infection and Damage can be found at: http://whitebarkfound.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Methods-for-Surveying-and-Monitoring-Whitebark-Pine-for-Blister-Rust.pdf
Andy Hansen now speaking
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Question from Tony Bertel: Some Wilderness areas have Research Natural Areas (RNAs) within them and management may be more likely/supported in RNAs. I worked with Rob Progar testing Verbenon SPLAT treatments vs pouches in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness RNA
What is this panels opinion on planting grafted seedlings so they might start to produce cones in the field earlier?
Andy-Did you age your seedlings. Some small stems can be degenerate regeneration that is years old.
Seems like it would make sense that seedlings would be more sensitive to heat and drought since they have less root volume and would be more susceptible to drying out. My observations of lower elevation PIAL stands in Jackson Hole were that there was no regeneration.
Katie Ireland now speaking
To Elizabeth Wood, there are various seed orchards across the Northern Region that have done just that -- grafted seedlings to produce cones faster. So far, results are very good. Some of the orchards are actually producing. I hope others with better knowledge of these orchards can chime in....
To Elizabeth- if you meant to plant grafted seedlings operationally, grafted seedlings are very very expensive, which makes them perfect for a seed orchard but not operational.
Kristen Waring now speaking
Bob and Glenda, I am aware of the WBP seed orchards we have one on the NPCLW. And I am talking about planting operationally, but not heavily, maybe one every acre or so with standard seedlings planted as the rest. It seems to me that if we want to start making a difference and bring in the Nutcrackers it would benefit us to plant some trees than can produce cones/seeds in natural landscapes sooner
Other than cost is there a reason not to consider it?
Elizabeth:At what age and size are they producing and how many cones - I would think a tree has to be decent size before having much pollen or seed cones?
MFM is very against it, but it was based on cost. I was wondering if rate of failure made unfeasible as well
There is a certain cost from producing cones rapidly--a growth/reproduction trade-off. For a protected seed orchard that might be OK, but in the wild under natural conditions, that could compromise survival in the trees.
Richard, when you graft scion onto root stock it maintains it age so even though it is small is will start producing seed sooner than a traditional seedling
Interesting Diana, that is something to dig into for sure
Kind of - but the tree still needs to be big enough to hold many cones - (tall or wide crown)?
It would be good to know when those orchards went in and how many bushels of cones they produce each year,etc
Vern Peters talking
Question for Kristen Waring: you mentioned reference conditions. Are moderately burned sites serving as modern reference sites? Are climate-analogue reference conditions being developed for southwestern white pine?