It also makes lovely, fuzzy "berries":
There are many interesting plants in this reserve. We were at the top part of the trails, where the primary forest is Monterey Pine. About 15 years ago, there was a large forest fire that began in this area and moved up the hill destroying many homes in Pebble Beach. In the following years, there was thick new growth.
However, it has not turned out to be a healthy forest, perhaps because all the trees germinated at the same time. There is also a disease called pitch canker that has decimated the Monterey Pines. But I think the unhealthy forest pictured below is more a result of the fire:
Notice that the trees are all about the same size and the lack of undergrowth. Compare this to the top picture which shows a more typical forest with differing sized trees.
At one time it was thought that we might lose the Monterey Pine forest all together from the pitch canker disease. But the Pebble Beach Company and others have done lots of work with trees that are resistant.
On a happier note, here is a nice example of a local mushroom. I believe these are edible, but I won't be trying them any time soon.