Five Facts About Torrey Pine Trees| 6mins
Director: Jim Karnik | Producer: Jim Karnik
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: United States
Join interpretive specialist Diane Greening and the Junior Rangers of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve as they learn what makes the Torrey pine special and how it survives in a tough environment. The rarest pine tree in North America, the Torrey pine grows naturally only along a few miles of the San Diego coast and on tiny Santa Rosa Island, 175 miles from the reserve. See how roots anchor the trees, needles help channel fog moisture to the ground, and tree rings show age and weather patterns. Discover how ocean breezes shape the trees and bark beetles threaten them. Find out how these rare trees help protect the increasingly rare coastal sage scrub and maritime chaparral and the animals that live within.