jack pine


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 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 The property features a mixed forest of mature oak, jack pine, white pine and red pine as well as lowland conifers near the river, including cedar. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan adds 1,000-acre forest near Au Sable to public lands," 8 Aug. 2019 Kirtland’s warblers lay eggs in nests built on the ground under the low-hanging branches of jack pine trees. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Pining for a comeback: Habitat management boosts Kirtland’s warbler numbers," 4 June 2019 To circumvent this the state instituted tree harvests for some of Michigan’s oldest jack pine and aspen stands about 30 years ago. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Seeing the forest for the trees: Healthy forests bring abundant wildlife," 7 Mar. 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Jack pine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack%20pine. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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