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THE EASTERN WHITE PINE

The Eastern White Pine is the tallest tree species found in the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest site.  It is known as a super canopy tree, towering over all other tree species.  Apart from its size, the Eastern White Pine can be identified by its long cylindrical cones and its needles that group in five's.
     The Eastern White Pine once covered most of northeastern North America.  Today, only a very small percentage of the original old-growth White Pine stands remain.  It was logged extensively and used in ship building, especially for ship masts and as lumber for colonial homes.  The Eastern White Pine is the provincial tree of Ontario and is known by some Native American peoples as the Tree of Peace.

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