Shore Pine (Pinus contorta)
Shore pine (Pinus contorta) is highly adaptable and can be found in bogs, dunes and even rocky hilltops. It has stiff, bluish-green needles and grows rapidly. Pinus contorta is a 2-needled hard pine and is tolerant of low nutrient conditions and salt-spray.
Pines are high value wildlife trees. They have nutritious, oily seeds that are favored by many birds and small mammals. Foliage is eaten by grouse and deer. The bark and wood is eaten by porcupines and small rodents. And pine needles are a favorite material for making nests. Large pines provide excellent sites for roosting and nesting; small pines provide good cover for many animals.
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