Lodgepole Pine

  • Lodgepole Pine, Trees, Interior B.C., BC, British Columbia, Moresby Consulting, Forestry, Mountain Pine Beetle Attack
    Lodgepole pine forest in B.C. interior
    Photo: Moresby Consulting
    Lodgepole Pine, Logs, Harvesting, Interior BC, British Columbia, Moresby Consulting, Blue Stain Fungi, Mountain Pine Beetle Killed
    Beetle-killed lodgepole pine with blue-stain fungi
    Photo: Moresby Consulting
    Lodgepole Pine, Cone, Tree, BC, British Columbia,
    Lodgepole Pine needles and cone
    Photo: www.naturallywood.com
    Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility, UBC, BC, British Columbia, Lodgepole Pine, Wood Buildings, Wood Interior
    Bioenergy Research & Demonstration Facility, University of British Columbia
    Photo: www.naturallywood.com

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) is the most plentiful tree species in British Columbia (B.C.). Lodgepole pine, interior spruce and subalpine fir are marketed together as a single species group (spruce-pine-fir or SPF). Kiln-dried SPF lumber is used as a structural framing material in all types of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural building applications. 

The wood is light in colour, ranging from cream to yellow to pale reddish brown. It is straight-grained and nonporous, with a fine and uniform texture. Lodgepole pine is also used to produce a wide variety of products including interior wall paneling, shelving, millwork, veneer, trusses, moulding, furniture, boxes, doors and trim and pulp.

Pine beetle wood is lodgepole pine that has been salvaged from areas in B.C. affected by the mountain pine beetle. It has the same structural performance capabilities as other species listed in this section and has been used in high-profile projects like the Richmond Olympic Oval

Lodgepole pine is produced predominantly as SPF lumber in structural grades according to National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA) rules for dimension lumber. Select Structural, #2 and better, and stud grades are the most common.