Lodgepole Pine Trees Yellowstone National Park

A stand of Lodgepole pine tress (pinus contorta) in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Growing in densely populated forests, the long, straight and lightweight characteristics of the tree make it ideal for many uses, including Native American Tepee lodge construction. The thin-barked species of pine tree depends heavily on fire for regeneration.

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Along the sides of the roads in Yellowstone National Park you’ll see many stands of Lodgepole pine trees (pinus contorta). What struck me visually about the stands of these tall, straight species of pine was the density of the forests as well as the difference in the tonality and width of the individual trees.

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