no , actually that was the city of chico fire dept. This was in Bidwell Park maintained by the city of chico , who I work for. They pointed to the trees we fell them.
A couple common names to this tree may be , Nut Pine , Ghost Pine, Sabine's Pine. Most common in todays day and age is Digger . Refering to the California indians. Although politcally, Digger is offensive to the indians and is not used in the books. So this should give you a pretty good clue and some history as to what this tree is .
very true Mark. Knarly buggers especially when thier open. I've had to litteraly side swipe a city tree along a home owners fence because they complained about the cones being death threatening .
Interseting fact about Grey pines..ooops did I say that ? oh well. (Pinus sabiniana)The kernals are 25% protien and 49% fat and over 95% of the fats are polyunsaturated. Indidans figured this out many years ago.