The Big Jack East Project is a 2,000-acre forest health and hazardous fuels reduction project located directly south of the Town of Truckee. The two primary objectives of the Big Jack East project were to improve forest health through the thinning of timber stands and to remove small trees and brush that could increase the intensity of a future wildfire. Operations on the project began in 2019 and were completed in 2021.

Check out the following before and after photos to see the increased tree spacing, reduction in brush and woody debris, and elimination of dangerous ladder fuels. Can you see the difference?

For more information on the project please check out this short video made in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

Before and after photos by the U.S. Forest Service.

Cover photo by Ryan Fitzhenry.


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