Check out this Oregon Public Broadcasting video.
This tells the story of whitebark at Crater Lake National Park. I thought it was interesting that this ecologist felt that having tree species are important to the ecosystem (we sometimes have this discussion, trees or no trees, does it matter?).
The story claims that until the Crater Lake people got interested, nothing was done because people were focused on “timber species” sugar and western white pine. That is not true…people had been working on this for years in Forest Service Region 1…here’s a summary.
I also don’t think that it was clear that “Dorena Forest Research Center” is
Dorena Genetic Resource Center, actually part of the National Forest System and not Forest Service Research
Here’s a link to them.