Part of 🌲︎ pine  genus Pinus and cedar / fir / hemlock / larch / pine / spruce  family Pinaceae.

Native to 🗻︎ mountainous western 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Pinus hosts caterpillars of 247 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Seeds from its cones are an important food source for bears and other animals.  But the tree is having a tough time lately, attacked by diseases no longer held in check by winter weather.  The trees are probably trying to compensate by moving up in altitude, but that process is slow if you are a tree.

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