Great Basin National Park is known for the Basin Bristlecones and their ability to survive adverse conditions. Bristlecone pines in the area grow in the isolated grove just below the treeline. The conditions are adverse and the temperatures are cold with high winds. The harsh conditions make it so that sometimes the trees won't event grow another ring. Their slow growth makes it so that the wood is very dense and is resistant to fungi, rpt, insects and more. There are a few fires because there is very little vegetation.
The pines are the longest living trees and scientists debate what is the oldest living thing and say that the creosote bush that grows in the Mojave Desert may be a little bit older. The Bristlecone Pines are often confused the limber pines which grow together at the same elevations.