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lodgepole pine

[loj-pohl] /ˈlɒdʒˌpoʊl/
noun
1.
a tall, narrow, slow-growing coniferous tree, Pinus contorta, of western North America, having egg-shaped cones that remain closed for years.
2.
the wood of this tree, used as timber.
Origin of lodgepole pine
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; lodge + pole1
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  • lodgepole pine has been shown to have a great value for telephone and telegraph poles when treated with preservatives.

    Our National Forests Richard H. Douai Boerker
  • Railroads buy half a million lodgepole pine crossties yearly.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The best areas for larch are those so thoroughly burned as to preclude the immediate heavy reproduction of lodgepole pine.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Like paper birch and lodgepole pine, it follows forest fires where the ground is laid bare by the burning.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • It is one of the slowest-growing of the pines, and probably it is surpassed in that respect by lodgepole pine alone.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The lodgepole pine has been called a fire tree, and the name is not inappropriate.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The meadow, bordered by red and white fir and Jeffrey and lodgepole pine, offers an attractive but cold campsite.

    Guide to Yosemite Ansel Hall
  • We turn left, passing thru a beautiful forest of Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine and fir.

    Guide to Yosemite Ansel Hall
  • It was a lodgepole pine sixty or seventy feet away and several feet lower than my stand, on the side of a moraine.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • lodgepole pine is the most common tree, covering the floor of the valley and extending up the mountains to about 8,000 feet.

    Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park United States Dept. of the Interior

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