On October 11, 2011, five volunteers joined Parks Canada restoration staff to plant whitebark pine trees in the Summit Lake area of Waterton Lakes National Park.
Despite the rain, cold weather, and patches of snow, the crew managed to put 600 seedlings in the ground.
Whitebark pine is threatened by white pine blister rust, an introduced fungus that has killed over 90% of trees in many stands.
In 2010, volunteers assisted in planting 1,200 seedlings in the same general area and survivorship after the first year was over 90%.
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