Pioneer

I found this ponderosa pine randomly in the middle of a small seasonal stream channel. It is a Douglas-fir forest type, an even aged stand about 75 years old. This is a stand that has transitioned from oak savannah to a coniferous forest – so i guess this area has a history of immigrants. The thing about the ponderosa is that its miles away from its ‘normal’ range. I guess the question is if this tree predates the current Douglas-fir dominated stand. It was certainly large enough to predate the formation of the fir stand. If had fire not been excluded from this area, there could have been a pine dominated forest here instead…

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