Whitepine Meeting March 21

Thursday, March 21, 2024. 7 pm PDT, White Pine Chapter Meeting
Program: Breeding and Raising White Pine Blister Rust Resistant Tree Seedlings
Location: Lecompte Auditorium, 2nd floor, 1912 Center, Moscow, Idaho
Presenter: Aram Eramian, Superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene Nursery, USFS

This presentation will primarily be about how the Nursery supports the US Forest Service Region 1 Genetic Resource Program in providing rust resistant Western White Pine and Whitebark Pine seedlings for reforestation and restoration programs. There will be a brief discussion of the history of the program and how blister rust was introduced.The bulk of the talk will be about testing candidate trees for White Pine and Whitebark Pine and how we produce seedlings for outplanting on lands managed by the Forest Service, Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. Additionally, he will discuss the production of native species for restoration purposes.

Aram Eramian has an extensive Forest Service career concentrating mostly in silviculture and fire ecology. He came to the Coeur d’Alene Nursery in 1992 and served as the Tree Improvement program manager for 11 years, Bareroot Production manager for 13 years before assuming the Nursery Superintendent role in 2016. Someone once told him “your career finds you”. Aram thinks he understands that now.

All are welcome.