Lodgepole pine series
Section: tree Series Dominated by Trees
Series formation: 
Series height:<40 m
Series canopy cover:i
Series ground layer:sa
Elevation range (lower):1500
(upper):   3400
Wetland information:Wetlands:soils seasonally flooded, saturated. Water chemistry: fresh. Cowardin class: Palustrine forested wetland. all slopes to forestline, best developed in subalpine elevations. Soils well-drained. The national inventory of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists lodgepole as a FAC.
Upland information: Uplands:all slopes to forestline, best developed in subalpine elevations. Soils well-drained. The national inventory of wetland plants (Reed 1988) lists lodgepole as a FAC.
Reference:Lodgepole pine range in CA (Griffin & Critchfield 1972), silvics (Lotan & Critchfield 1990). Alexander et al. (1983), Barbour (1988), Minnich (1976), Paysen et al. (1980), Pfister & McDonald (1980), Sawyer & Thornburgh (1977).
Comments:Pinus contorta includes four ecologically distinct subspecies (Lotan & Critchfield 1990). The Rocky Mountain race ( P. c. ssp. latifolia ) grows outside CA. The coastal race ( P. c. ssp. contorta ) is the dominant tree of the Beach pine series. The Mendocino white plains race ( P. c. ssp. bolanderi ) is a component of the Pygmy cypress series. The Sierra-Cascade race ( P. c. ssp. murrayana ) dominates this series. Since the varieties have very distinct ecology, each is treated in different series [ see Beach pine series, Knobcone pine series, Pygmy cypress series, Western white pine series]. The Cascade-Sierra race's cones tend to open at maturity and then quickly fall. Stands are self-replacing and not closely associated with fire. Outbreaks of lodgepole pine needle miner may result in stand replacement. Stands in KlaR, CasR, ModP are associated with depressions which are seasonally saturated an cold; m-SN stands are associated with meadow margins; su-SN, WI, So-CA lodgepole pine stands are most commonly of upland settings among subalpine meadows. The species may be the only canopy tree or mix with other conifers.
Plot based descriptions:Keeler-Wolf (1985c, 1989l) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) describes stands at Bell Meadow RNA in Tuolumne Co., Talley (1976) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) stands at W. B. Critchfield (formerly Bourland Meadow) RNA Tuolumne Co., Beguin & Major (1975), Burke (1987) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) stands at Grass Lake RNA in El Dorado Co., Potter (1994) defines four associations in c. SN, Taylor (1984) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) three associations at Harvey Monroe Hall RNA in Mono Co., Ball (1976) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) describes stands at Last Chance RNA in Inyo Co., Keeler-Wolf & Keeler-Wolf (1981), Keeler-Wolf (1989k) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) stands at Mt. Pleasant RNA in Plumas Co., Keeler-Wolf (1985b, 1988c) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) stands at Mud Lake RNA in Pl mas Co., Griffin (1975) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) stands at Teakettle Creek Experimental Forest in Fresno Co. m-SN, su-SN; Taylor (1980) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) defines one association at Indiana Summit RNA in Mono Co., Talley (1978) in Keeler-Wolf (1990e) describes stands at Sentinel Meadow RNA in Mono Co. TraSN.
Series Association:Potter (1994): Lodgepole pine association, Lodgepole pine/big sagebrush association, Lodgepole pine/Gray lovage association, Lodgepole pine/open association. Taylor (1980): Lodgepole pine/pussypaws association. Taylor (1984): Lodgepole pine/Ross sedge association, Lodgepole pine/Fendler meadow-rue association, Lodgepole pine/Labrador-tea association.
FormationMixed broad-leaved evergreen-cold deciduous woodland
Geographical associated regions: View Regions for: Lodgepole pine series
Representative Image: View Representative Photograph for: Lodgepole pine series
Common species: View common species for: Lodgepole pine series

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