Some areas in the Jeffrey pine forest (in this case JP-7) have seen abundant regeneration of young pines over the last couple of decades, severely overcrowding the forest. This before photo, taken in November of 2006, shows dozens of saplings in the foreground. In November 2006, thousands of saplings and small trees were removed from this 8.3 acre site and burned during the late autumn.
Jeffrey pine forest at higher elevations (here JP-20) had dense stands of white fir in the understory, which can act as ladder fuels that potentially increase fire severity. This before photo was taken in July of 2008. In August 2008, Nevada Division of Forestry crews began removing most of the fir, thinned the larger trees and burned brush piles during the winter.