Wed July 20, 2011
NPR Story

Agency Says Whitebark Pines Should Be Protected

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that Whitebark pine trees should be protected as an endangered species — but the agency will not list the trees as threatened or endangered because of a lack of funding. The trees are a critical part of the ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada but have been dying at alarming rates due to the effects of climate change.

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