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I remember watching a PBS documentary on ecology of forests in northern Minnesota and how they handle themselves naturally. Brush fires and saplings are necessary for certain types of pines and other conifers (if I remember right) because the bark of mature trees withstands the heat and then gains nutrients from the burn. But, sometimes we humans step in trying to protect the trees -- and lake properties and developments -- and prevent this regular cycle from occurring, which leads to more catastrophic results sometimes.

I heed what you're saying and wonder how we can talk about this in the context of a SOF interview. It's controversial but well worth discussing the restorative nature of plants, animals, and humans.