Rubble with a cause
In one of the most ruined areas of the forest, there are still many piles of wood, burned or downed, left from the effects of the wildfire that roared through here in 2011. However, you can see one of the orange “cones” that surrounds a seedling planted to help the forest recover. In most of the cones, the seedlings seem to be doing well.
As many times as I have been in the White Mountains, this area is fairly recently discovered. When I first saw it, I was amazed at how it had been torched down to the level of grass. On that first weekend that people were allowed back into the area, probably the only thing that was visible for miles was a deep layer of gray ash punctuated by the occasional black “matchstick” made by a tree’s skeleton. The ash is still deep underfoot.