What a great read, love it! Congratulations on a great trip and a saved cabin!! As your son said, the forest will prosper, there were fires long before us and will be more long after us. Nature prevails and will regenerate in due time, but, I totally understand how thats not quite enough for us in the finite way we must live and think.
We thinned our old hardwood timber 2 years ago because of drought taking so many mature oaks and it hurts me to look at it each day, but, the wildlife love it. They seem to be thriving in the slash and thick switches that grow off of the stumpage. Keep reporting, it gave me a breath of fresh air at a time when fishing the mountain streams seems like its 5 years away! Can't wait until Spring!
<(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.