This story from The Associated Press just moved:
PORTLAND, Ore. – Biologists say they hope they can breed a disease resistant version of the whitebark pine, a tree found at high altitudes in the West.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that pine cones from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Mount Rainier are being used to cultivate whitebark seedlings with a natural resistance to blister rust, a fungus that is threatening the trees.
Beetles are also infesting the trees, which thrive in bad soil and high elevations.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said earlier this month the whitebark pine …