To be fair, the state of these forests that we’ve gotten used to during our lifetimes is probably nothing like their pre-Columbian state. In many areas such as Idyllwild and Big Bear the density of mature trees is 10-100 times what it would be naturally.
Care to elaborate on this? I mean, talking specifically of the Lake Fire area, the fire didn’t so much cleanse and reset the forest as abolish it, at least in the Fish Creek area near Heart Bar… and what is best is piles and piles of dead, dry, partially burned trunks standing (and fallen), and young chaparral coming up.
But how is there “too many trees” in these areas relative to historic norms?
To be clear, I am not sure what the answer is here.