A Brief History
The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada (WPEFC) is devoted to the conservation and stewardship of whitebark and limber pine ecosystems. WPEFC is registered under the Society Act in BC and was listed extra-provincially in AB in 2020. A sister agency to the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation based in Montana, the Canadian chapter was founded in 2009 by our current President, Randy Moody, and a diverse Board of Directors to serve the unique needs of Canadian members. While Canadian legislation and policies are distinct from the American system, we maintain strong ties with our U.S. counterpart and both organizations work to conserve and restore these vulnerable ecosystems.
Over the past decade, we have played a leading role in coordinating projects that promote recovery work, engage public and private partners, support research, and conduct educational programs to further knowledge, expertise, and management of these systems across their Canadian ranges. We have hosted Science and Management meetings delivering workshops focused on Canadian 5-needled pine topics and engage in awareness and restoration projects in both BC and AB. Our website provides a critical link for Canadian-specific projects and information.
We have big plans! Allying closely with government agencies, academia, consultants, industry, and other non-profit societies we aim to improve outcomes for these endangered ecosystems. If you would like to contribute, please contact us. We’d be happy to work with you.
WPEFC is registered under the BC and Alberta Society(ies) Acts.
Our Vision is to see Whitebark and Limber Pine ecosystems healthy throughout their Canadian Ranges, and
Our Mission is devoted to the conservation and stewardship of whitebark and limber pine ecosystems through partnerships, science-based active management, restoration, research and education.
We believe that:
- recovery is possible
- whitebark and limber pine ecosystems are valuable and worth recovering
- appropriately applied science will aid in this recovery
- engagement, connection, and communication with partners is necessary
Our strategic goals are that WPEFC:
- engages with the public and partners using a variety of diverse platforms
- has sufficient funds to deliver key objectives
- is an integral and respected hub for knowledge sharing
- is governed by an engaged and effective Board of Directors
- plays a leading role in coordinating the conservation & recovery of whitebark and limber Pine ecosystems across their Canadian Ranges
As a registered society, we maintain records, which are available upon request. Some, like our financial statements, are distributed at our Annual General Meeting. The WPEFC’s AGM is generally held in the autumn, and is often virtual although sometimes is in-person. Regardless, as a member, you are invited!