Photo of the Week: Crater Lake Pine
In Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, whitebark and lodgepole pines blanket many of the area’s high sandy plateaus and steep mountain slopes. Today, few pines reach their maximum age and size due to forest fires or infestation by mountain pine beetles. This insect is the leading cause of pine mortality, prompting park authorities to try and protect remaining trees. Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the whitebark pine as a candidate for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Florida resident Lance Warley took this photo using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 17-40mm lens.
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