White Bark Pine Restoration Project at Railroad Ridge
June 30 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT
Join Idaho Conservation League, ICL Wilderness Stewards and the National Forest Foundation for a day of giving back at Railroad Ridge. We will be hand “caching” approximately 10,000 whitebark pine seeds. Volunteers will be split into teams and distributed across Railroad Ridge. Located in the White Cloud Mountains, central Idaho’s Railroad Ridge stands above 10,000 feet and offers incredible views. The area is particularly well adapted for whitebark pine and is a good representation of the whitebark pine ecosystem. The area’s whitebark has been significantly impacted by blister rust and has experienced high levels of mortality. This project will include opportunities to learn more about the importance of whitebark pine while you help to restore its presence on Railroad Ridge. Seeds for this project have been collected over the last few years and are currently held at Lucky Peak nursery.
Planting location: White Bark Pine Restoration Project, East Fork of the Salmon River, Railroad Ridge Meeting time: 10 am Meeting location: Boulder Trailhead Special Requirements: a sturdy, high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle with good tires will be necessary to reach the planting site on Railroad Ridge. If volunteers do not have access to a suitable 4-wheel drive vehicle, shuttling will be provided from the nearby Big Boulder Trailhead.
Volunteers may choose to camp nearby overnight either the day before or after the event given the long travel to Railroad Ridge.
If snowpack levels prevent access to the planting site, this volunteer event will be pushed back to Monday, July 18th, 2022.