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White Pine (Pinus strobus) discovered by Peter Armitage (#817)

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Observed: July 28, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
Posted on: July 28, 2012 @ 8:34 PM (diff: 0 days)
According to my elderly neighbour, John Ash, white pine used to be very common in the Brooklyn-Portland-Jamestown area, and many schooners where built using lumber cut from these trees. Nowadays, they are extremely scarce. Since we started living in this area (3 years now), I've only seen one old white pine in the forests (and I've travelled over a lot of it on mountain bike via woods roads), very near our house. I've seen one other juvenile pine near a forest access road in a regenerating clear-cut stand about 5 km east of here, just past Ryans Pond. It may have been a silvaculture plant. Our nearby old Portland pine tree lost its top during Hurricane Igor. Two summers ago I noted several seedlings around its base and I transplanted one to my garden here in Portland. But last year when I returned to the vicinity of the old pine, the seedlings had vanished. I returned today and found a 2 inch seedling and a taller, 1 foot youngster that has been browsed by moose. The presence of lots of moose poop, chewed young fir branches + the chewed 1 foot pine supports my theory that an important reason for the failure of white pine to repopulation this region is due to excessive moose browsing. Anyone care to comment on this? Peter

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By Peter Armitage on 7/28/2012 8:37:50 PM

You can see the moose chew on the pine youngster - look carefully.

By Peter Armitage on 7/28/2012 8:38:52 PM

The photo on the left shows the old pine decapitated by Igor. The photo to its right shows it intact, pre-Igor.

By Peter Armitage on 8/2/2012 9:05:59 PM

I visited the pine seedlings site this afternoon and found a 3rd seedling. But it, too, had been nipped by a moose. I built a chicken-wire cage around one of the seedlings and shall return to provide protection to the other two as well. I'll need larger "exclosures" for these trees as they start to grow (hopefully they will).

By Peter Armitage on 8/18/2012 8:17:54 PM

I just uploaded a couple of pics showing my moose & rabbit exclosures to protect the tree seedlings from moose & rabbit browsing. My neighbour thinks that moose AND snowshoe hare both chew on pine.

By JR on 10/5/2021 7:06:29 AM


Painting a deck, listening to the radio this weekend and out of the blue came the moving interview on Unreserved with you and Jodie Ashini.
It was wonderful to hear.

One circle closed, another one opened.
What a wonderful move.

I wanted to reach out and tell you how much I enjoyed hearing about it. Googled you and ended up here.

So, on the White Pine and the Moose post you made in 2012:
How did your exclosures work?
Any more pine trees or seedlings found since?


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