The Pinus Contorta Var. Contorta
is commonly known as Beach Pine
, Coast Pine
, Lodgepole Pine
, as well as Shore Pine< Go Back
Shore pine occurs along the Pacific Coast from Yakutat Bay, Alaska,
south through the Coast Ranges to Mendocino County, California
]. In the eastern part of its range, shore pine occurs
intermittently with Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine in the Cascade Range
of northwestern Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska [38
pine is also found in the Klamath Mountains of Oregon and California
The currently accepted scientific name of shore pine is Pinus contorta
Dougl. ex Loud var. contorta [24
]. Shore pine is one of four
varieties of lodgepole pine. The other three varieties are [9
Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia),
Sierra lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. murrayana),
Mendocino White Plains lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. bolanderi).
This write-up will focus on shore pine.
Shore pine is a dominant species in the northern part of its range.
Farther south, shore pine is a codominant or subdominant species. In
mixed stands, shore pine may form scrubby thickets or sparse to dense
groves. Other vegetation is usually sparse [1,48].
Shore pine is listed as an indicator in the following published
Provisional plant community types of southeastern Alaska 
A classification system for California's hardwood rangelands 
Preliminary forest plant association management guide 
Preliminary forest plant associations of the Stikine Area, Tongass
National Forest 
The Alaska vegetation classification system 
The closed-cone pine and cypresses .
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Cope, Amy B. 1993. Pinus contorta var. contorta. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.