lodgepole pine
Pinus contorta

Lodgepole pine is a widely distributed, slender crowned western conifer of significant timber value. It is also a common component of many recreation and wildlife areas. Lodgepole pine needles are 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, and occur in bundles of 2.

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Growth   Size

Timber Value

      Lodgepole pine is used for log homes, boards, framing, paneling, posts, poles, railroad ties, pulpwood, and particle board.


Wildlife Value
      Thermal and hiding cover, browse on seedlings. Porcupines eat cambium, sheep eat new growth when other food is scarce, and rodents eat the seeds.
          Attracts: rodents, squirrels, porcupines, sheep

Regeneration methods
      Lodgepole pine regenerates following large disturbances and is commonly regenerated by clearcutting. It responds well to thinning at an early age.

Important Problems Early Detection tips
mountain pine beetle pitch tubes; reddening of foliage
dwarf mistletoe presence of the parasite in lodgepole trees

Fun facts
Lodgepole pine is a slow growing species and may live over 500 years. They are heavy seed producers and often form dense, pure stands following fire. The wood is used for a variety of products. Several varieties of lodgepole pine are often recognized. Lodgepole pine is named for its use in the construction of native American lodges and tepees. Several varieties of lodgepole pine are recognized.
Pinus: Latin name for pine from Greek "pitus" / contorta: twisted Latin "torque" (to twist)
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