Losing the whitebark is more than losing a species by Jayden Skelly

As we approached 9000 feet on the third day of our first backpacking trip, we entered a new ecosystem unknown to our group. Forests dominated by spruce and firs ceded into another forest dweller—the whitebark pine (pinus albicaulis). Only found within high-elevation environments, this tree is remarkable in every sense. Witnessing impacts to the species