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- n. A lodgepole pine or its wood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lodgepole pine..
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pole used in the framework of a lodge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shrubby two-needled pine of coastal northwestern United States; red to yellow-brown bark fissured into small squares
His studies in lodgepole forests in Utah and Idaho found that there is a relatively short-lived increase in the potential for surface fires when dying needles that have not yet lost all their resins pile up on the ground.
So far, only a couple of the trees (literally two) have been found to be successful in fending off beetle attacks, using chemical and physical responses similar to those in lower-elevation tree species, such as lodgepole pine and Douglas fir.
Vegetative cover is extremely diverse: alpine environments contain various herb, lichen and shrub associations; whereas the subalpine environment has tree species such as lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, silver fir, grand fir, and Engelmann spruce.
Those who want to justify logging try to conflate low elevation forests with all forest types-many of which such as lodgepole pine-are very likely not affected by fire suppression due to the naturally long intervals between fires in these forests.
Mountain pine beetles are native to western forests, and they have evolved with the trees they infest, such as lodgepole pine and whitebark pine trees.
They have left large tracts of dead lodgepole pine trees in their wake, which -- most, but not all, believe -- has heightened the risk for fire.
Last year, Colorado's Senators got Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to dedicate $40 million in existing funds to mitigate the effects of beetles on Colorado's lodgepole pine forests.
This warming, drying trend weakened the trees and was an important factor in what has now become “the largest known insect infestation in the history of North America,” the mountain pine beetle that has destroyed most of the lodgepole forests of the west.1 Other conditions encouraged the invasion.
Many people who cut lodgepole in the forest to heat their houses in winter brought the cordwood—and the beetles—into town.
But the lodgepole had no strategies or defenses against the triple catastrophes of prolonged drought, warming climate and an unprecedented invasion of mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, whose apt Latin name means “tree killer.”
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