Whitebark Pine (Pinus Albicaulis)
The area that makes up Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a thriving habitat for many species, including the critically endangered Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis).
This high altitude pine tree is distinctive with its smooth, silvery bark and large cones that grow on the very top of the tree. They are also easily identifiable by the cluster of 5 needle bundles that grow from 5-9cm in length. Can you identify the white bark pine trees in the area?
The magnificent Whitebark Pine has many factors against them in today’s world. With ongoing issues such as climate change and invasive species, tied with low reproduction and limited opportunities for natural regeneration, it has become clear it is time for some intervention.