White Bark Pine
Ben Roth Installs Environmental Art in Teton Village
Local artist Ben Roth has installed “Fallen,” a 20’ high by 60’ long sculpture located just off the Pathway in Teton Village. The sculpture was constructed with multiple branches from one deceased whitebark pine tree found at an elevation of about 9,000 feet at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A team including Charley Gorskey, an experienced climber and budding arborist and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort trail crew employees cut the massive branches using climbing gear and transported them by truck to the base. Over three days, with the help of, Watsabaugh and the JHMR Trail Crew, Roth installed the sculpture and a viewing bench.
The fight against the Whitebark Pine Beetle
In conjunction with the Bridger Teton National Forest, JHMR is trying to preserve the amazing “grandfather” Whitebark Pine trees which grow above 8500 feet at the Resort.
These amazing trees have graced the slopes of JHMR for upwards of 1000 years and in just a short 6 years have been under siege by the Mountain Pine Beetle. The strategy at the Resort is to save the bigger, older trees as they have shown greater chance of survival and will continue to produce pine cones and seeds so hopefully continue the species in these locations. These trees were identified during the past 2 winters by Nick Centrella an employee in our host program. His dedication and help has allowed us to get to where we are today! We are lucky to have him on staff. Today thanks to the help of Bill Schreiber, JHMR Engineer who co-ordinated a partnership with the Bridger Teton National Forest to fund the spraying of 250 trees (see pictures). Evidence shows that spraying will protect these trees for 2 seasons. Thanks to N. E LLC Forestry and Rangeland Mgt for the actual spraying. Next week 575 pheromone patches will be applied to trees we couldn’t reach via the spray system.
Watch this space for further updates about this program and the prestigious “plus” trees and more.
Check out www.treefight.org for more information!