jack pine

noun

Definition of jack pine

: a slender pine (Pinus banksiana) of northern North America that has two stout needles in each fascicle and wood used especially for pulpwood — see cone illustration

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Recent Examples on the Web The jack pine is the second most common species of pine in Minnesota, behind the red pine. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Seeing the Minnesota outdoors anew with an 'awe walk'," 16 Oct. 2020 After the glaciers that covered New England retreated, around fourteen thousand years ago, the forests here consisted mostly of spruce and jack pine, species that now thrive much farther north. Drew Pendergrass, Harper's Magazine, "Ground Control," 25 May 2020 The land, wedged between two farm towns and covered in palmetto and jack pines, did not, at first, look promising. 1843, "Confederacy in the ’hood," 2 Apr. 2020 Timber receipts offset the cost of replanting jack pine needed to support a viable bird population. Michael Doyle, Science | AAAS, "After 50-year conservation effort, songbird flies off U.S. endangered species list," 8 Oct. 2019 Annually, roughly 4,000 acres of mature jack pine forest is cut and replanted with 2-year-old saplings to make sure habitat remains available for the birds in the future. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "North America’s Rarest Warbler Comes Off the Endangered List," 11 Oct. 2019 Wildfires historically swept through the region every few decades, burning down overgrown jack pines and popping open cones that produced new ones. John Flesher, chicagotribune.com, "Once nearly extinct, a yellow-bellied songbird living in the jack pine forests of northern Michigan is coming off the endangered list," 8 Oct. 2019 Wildfires historically swept through the region every few decades, burning down overgrown jack pines and popping open cones that produced new ones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list," 8 Oct. 2019 Snow falls in a blanket of diamonds/ all around the shack./ The jack pines sway above as we/ fall asleep close together./ but Mom stays awake/ into the night…whispering/ to/ the/ stars. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Readers and writers: Eliza Wheeler builds a charming ‘Home in the Woods’," 28 Sep. 2019

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Jack pine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack%20pine. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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