The 60 square miles of moonscape in the Sierras is the price we are paying for messing with the natural fire cycle. In Parque Nacional de San Pedro Martir, 200 miles south of San Diego, at 7,000 feet, the ponderosa pines grow majestically tall, with the crowns not touching. There, the forest floor is parklike with few shrubs and seedlings, and there is no Smokey the Bear fire suppression. The U.S. Forest Service needs the mandate and funding to once again harvest timber and thin the forest. I, for one, would rather see a clear cut than a moonscape.