Shoshone National Forest
Just east of Yellowstone National Park lies the Shoshone National Forest, designated as America’s first national forest in 1891. Covering 2.4 million acres in northwest Wyoming, the forest is made up of varied terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to rugged mountains, and immense areas of exposed rock interspersed with meadows and forests.
The higher mountains are snow-clad most of the year, and visitors enjoy viewing the spectacular 13,804-ft. Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s highest. The Shoshone is home to five wilderness areas that provide backpackers and hikers with limitless backcountry opportunities.
What We Are Doing
Whitebark pine trees produce pine nuts that are a rich and highly preferred food of grizzly bear, providing 40% of the fat they need for hibernation. Recent declines in the populations of whitebark pine trees in the Shoshone National Forest due to disease and wildfires have created a shortage of these pine nuts. When whitebark pinecones are scarce, bears search for food in “human” areas, creating dangerous situations for bears and humans alike.
In addition, a shortage of pine nuts and fat intake can reduce the reproduction capabilities of females and the population of this already threatened species. Our planting projects help plant whitebark pine trees in this forest to ensure plentiful food sources for grizzly bears in the future. To date, we have planted a total of 437,684 trees in Shoshone National Forest.