Native Fungus Suggested as Tool for Restoring Ghostly Whitebark Pine Forests

15% really doesn't sound like much, but it's a damn site (sight?) better than zero.

Cripps conducted a three-year study in collaboration with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada that showed a 10 to 15 percent increase in the survival rate of whitebark pine seedlings when Siberian slippery jack spores are injected into the soil around them. The injection takes place in nurseries before the seedlings are transplanted in the mountains.

That increase is significant and good news for those trying to reinstate whitebark pine trees to the north-central Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, Cripps said. The whitebark pine is a keystone species that grows at high elevations where other trees cannot, but it has been declared an endangered species in Canada and awaits the designation in the United States.