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38 Lodgepole Pine Colorado Native

(Pinus contorta )

Lodgepole pines (so named because Native Americans used this species when building tipis and lodges) are known to reach heights of up to 160 feet, with a diameter of up to 7 feet. The lodgepole pine, as a species, is very dependent on fire as a mode of replacing itself. The bark of the lodgepole pine is fairly thin, minimizing the defense the tree has to fire. The stands are so densely populated that the trees self thin, or out-compete each other, leaving dead trees in the stand.