We continue down into the red pine woods . The red pine is an "evergreen" tree. That means that it does not lose its leaves (needles) every fall and winter. A red pine, in fact, keeps a needle for 3 or 4 years.

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Broken red pine trunk

Close-up of red pine needles

The red pine is not native to this part of Pennsylvania. We are well south of their normal range. These trees were planted 40 years ago during construction of the campus. Many of the red pines on the Trail are dead or show damage from wind storms and insects. Any species that is placed in an ecosystem outside of its normal ecological range will show signs of stress and will be increasingly susceptible to disease.

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