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Bent and Weathered White Bark Pine at 7500 feet on the Tam Mcarthur Rim South of Sisters Oregon

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Comments (9)

K. Jason McLain on July 14, 2007

Is that a bristlecone pine?

Michael Hatten on July 14, 2007

Hello K. Jason McLain.

I'm not sure what type of Pine this is.. At this altitude (6800) the pines get stunted in their growth because of the long winter, heavy snow fall and wind.

Thanks for Looking.


Michael Hatten on August 5, 2007

Hello K. Jason McLain,

I just found out that this tree is a White Bark Pine


sierraslick on September 30, 2009

Is the elevation more like 7500 ft?

Michael Hatten on September 30, 2009


You know it might be.... I took this photo years ago 04 or 05 and when I marked it's location I wasnt sure where it was exactily. and if memory serves I think the trail head starts out at near 5000. So your probably right.

Thanks for the comment


suttlelake on December 18, 2009

Hey - that is indeed a whitebark pine! In fact, I'm entering USFS whitebark pine select tree data we collected this season - and came across this photo. The whitebark up on Tam (and else where) are suffering from an exotic fungus pathogen (blister rust) which is causing top and branch kill which leads to tree mortality. Mountain pine beetles are also taking a heavy toll on the species. Whitebark pine is in decline and a species in peril across the west. The USFS and other organizations are actively trying to restore and prevent the species from becoming fuctionally extinct. Enjoy the living magnificent whitebarks while you can! C.Jensen Dec/09

Michael Hatten on December 19, 2009

Hello C. Jensen,

Thanks for the comment!

One of my favorite areas to photograph is the Mckenzie Pass from Sisters all the way to Hwy 126 and I've been noticing over the past 3 years The trees are dying off at an alarming rate.

If you were standing at windy point looking at Mt Washington there used to be a beautiful swath of forrest extending into the lava flow and up onto the flanks of the mountain. (like the area around George Lake.) The trees have just turned white and died.

If you follow Hwy 242 over the pass and ontoward proxy falls the trees along the hwy are dying as well. I stopped by Scott lake and saw the same thing happening there. The tree bark seems to be just sheeting off these trees. What was once a beautiful green forest is filled with dead snags.

Is this caused by the bark beetle or the blister rust or both?


Petr Obešlo on June 30, 2011

Magic old tree for me.My favorite.Your gallery is very interesting for me.Bravo!!!

Michael Hatten on July 7, 2011

Petr Šelkolem,

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