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May 25, 2024

Red Pine

Pinus resinosa

Red pine has been referred to as the “forester’s friend” because it can grow in all upland soil types including the sandiest and driest sites. Millions of trees have been planted in Northern Michigan since the 1930’s reforesting lands that were farmed, grazed, or left barren by poor timber harvesting practices. Red pine trees grow very straight and have a trait of self-pruning its branches as they grow, reducing the size of knots in the wood. Mature trees are now an important part of the local economy producing lumber, posts, poles, and shaved logs for homes.