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Pine Dining

By Megan Wilde

Long before pines became Christmas trees, people around the world venerated and used these fragrant evergreens, from ancient Aztecs to ancient Greeks. Today, pines are some of the world’s most commercially important trees. Their wood is valued as timber and paper pulp, their nuts eaten as food, and their resin used in turpentine and other products. But pines are perhaps even more important as a food source for wildlife. Who dines on pines in the Chihuahuan Desert region?