Western White Pine (Pinus monticola) also known as Idaho White Pine, is one of four western species of pine found throughout the Kootenay Interior wet belt region. It reaches a height of 80 to 125 feet and a diameter of 1.5 to 3 feet. White Pine is long-lived tree with some trees exceeding 500 years in age. The trees are almost always found is small scattered grounds or a single tree, often mixed with Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar or Hemlock.
The wood is light in weight with reasonable strength and hardiness and very stable when properly dried. The texture is very even and straight grained. The wood is appreciated for most decorative uses because of the deep cherry red knots, which are very visually appealing.
White Pine wood is light in color, ranging from cream to pale light-brown with cherry red knots. The colour is very even, with no difference between the sapwood and heartwood.
White Pine is relatively easy to work with, making it the traditional choice in the craftsmanship of fine wood furniture and the construction of wood products like wall paneling, cabinetry, windows and doors.