and nearly pure stands of lodgepole pine are found throughout central
and eastern Oregon. Lodgepole pine is a pioneer species that rapidly
colonizes disturbed sites and often gives way to more shade-tolerant
species like ponderosa pine. Most lodgepole pine stands develop after
fire or logging; however, they may form climax forests on sites with
deep pumice and volcanic ash.
Lodgepole pine forests grow in dense stands
with lots of dead trees. They are very susceptible to insect attacks, especially
mountain pine beetles,
and are frequently in danger from fire.
Climate: Lodgepole pine is an adaptable
species that often flourishes where other trees cannot. Lodgepole forests
are found in climates with short, dry
summers and snowy winters. They commonly occur in frost pockets and on
both excessively wet and dry soils.
Management: These forests are typically
harvested via clearcutting, shelterwood, and seed tree methods that encourage
the growth of more valuable ponderosa