British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Best management practices for whitebark pine management mining and mineral exploration Moody, Randy; Keefer, Michael


Whitebark pine is a species of five needle pine that is found broaly at high elevations in BC roughly south of the Yellowhead Highway. Within BC the species is currently Blue Listed and in Canada is listed as Endangered indicating a substantial conservation concern, its primary threats are white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetle, fire suppression and climate change. Mining and other industrial activities have the potential to further damage the species through habitat loss yet with good planning may to provide benefits to the long-term survival of the species through the use of best management practices. Key means for the mining sector to create a net-benefit for whitebark pine include funding blister rust screening, seed collections, planting in reclamation and habitat offsetting.

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