Notes on Dead Pinus flexilis
Above DeChambeau Creek
Sierra Nevada Research Center
PSW Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Those dead trees above DeChambeau Creek are Pinus flexilis.
That stand died during the 1990s drought - a
drought/insect/pathogen complex (drought -- bark beetle -- mistletoe).
But, there are young trees coming up under the dead elders. The stand
was quite an anomaly for limber pine anyway -- most stands are not
closed canopy- even-aged as that one was. The more typical limber pine
structure is farther west in Lundy Canyon
-- at edge of Deer Creek, and in Lake Canyon.
Also, old limber pine stands across the Lundy slope (Red Rock Canyon
and on slopes of Copper Mtn) are up to 2500
yrs old. We use limber pine as a bristlecone pine analog -- our
tree-ring chronologies extend to 3500 years, so they don't quite rival
Pinus longaeva, but certainly have a
wider range. We have a set of transects from Eastern
Sierra into central Great Basin. Wonderful country where those pretty
And, I'm still convinced that Louis DeChambeau made
his reputation in the late 1800s as a ski maker using those limber
pines above his ranch!
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