There are 43 native tree species found in BC; the majority of which are well protected in parks and reserves. Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is the only federal-listed tree species at risk due to blister-rust, mountain pine beetle and climate change.
FGC’s goal is to adequately maintain the genetic diversity of BC’s indigenous tree species. Conservation status for each species is determined by estimating the number and size of representative populations found within protected areas for each biogeoclimatic zone. Genetic conservation activities include genecology research, and collecting and storing seed at the Provincial Tree Seed Centre.
For more information see Genetic Conservation TAC
Conservation Panel Photo: The late Dr. Michael Carlson and whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), a species a risk, near Whistler, BC. Credit: Dr. A. Yanchuk, 2007.