Tag Archives: Pinus ponderosa

Ponderosa Wildfire Survival

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This week Leonard and I revisited the Cove Fire site that we are monitoring along Modoc National Forest Road 40N11. The Cove Fire in late July and early August of 2017 burned over 30,000 acres in Modoc County CA, including … Continue reading

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Ponderosa Pine Regeneration

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Ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) are considered one of the most fire resistant conifers in the west because of their seedlings’ propensity to benefit from mineral soil seedbeds and open habitats created by wildfires. This fire resistance increases as the tree … Continue reading

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Preoccupied

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About a week ago Leonard and I were walking along the Pacific Crest Trail in Warner Valley near Drakesbad (Plumas Cunty CA). The three mammals species we encountered were intently eating and much too preoccupied to be concerned by our … Continue reading

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Male Ponderosa Pine Cones

The ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) is a gymnosperm, that is, it belongs to the group of plants in which seeds are formed exposed or “naked” on sporophylls (spore bearing leaves),  as contrasted with angiosperms where the seed is formed within … Continue reading

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Curious Observation

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In late November Leonard and I went to collect pine cones near Willow Creek Campground on California Highway 139 near Adin CA. Ponderosa (Pinus ponderosa) and Jeffrey pines  (Pinus jeffreyi), and hybrids of the two, are plentiful in that area. … Continue reading

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Western Gall Rust Fungus

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The western gall rust fungus (Endocronartium harknessii) induces globular, woody stem galls on several pine species throughout the West. The pictured galls infected a ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) growing near the shore of Baum Lake (Lassen County CA). The galls … Continue reading

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Purple Martin

I made a mistake! A few days ago Leonard and I saw a pair of purple martins (Progne subis) at a woodpecker hole in a ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) snag near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). We were excited because we … Continue reading

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