BVRC hosts Pine in the Park

Event aimed at awareness and celebration of the endangered whitebark pine at Tyhee Lake Provincial Park, Sept. 22.

Saturday, Sept. 22, the Bulkley Valley Research Centre hosts an afternoon of awareness and celebration for the endangered whitebark pine at Tyhee Lake Provincial Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Titled, Pine in the Park: Research and Restoration of an Endangered Tree in B.C. Parks the event is designed to showcase work taking place within B.C. Parks and highlights conservation initiatives.

This quirky tree, which is often stunted and windswept from growing at higher elevations, has been the victim of rapid decline in recent years.

“Our goal is to introduce as many people as we can to an important tree that we are rapidly losing,” whitebark pine researcher Alana Clason said.

“The more people that are aware of this species, that wildlife depends on it, and that we’re trying to slow its decline, will go a long way to making its conservation a success.”

Along with refreshments, the afternoon includes games for children and learning opportunities for young and old. This event is funded by BC Parks and there is no cost for attending.

For more information about the centre, please visit www.bvcentre.ca or contact the centre at (250) 847-2827.