At 3700' in elevation, the trees around the cabin have succumbed to five years of drought and bark beetle infestation. Amazingly, the trees seemed healthy and green on my last visit in early May. PG&E and Twain Harte will be helping to cover the cost of tree removal which is now running about $1500/tree (!). Nearly 70 million trees in the Sierra Nevada have died during the drought and it's quite easy to see in the precipitation chart below that the drought has been a major stressor on the forests.
Our family is currently talking amongst itself to determine what species of trees to replant with a warming climate and likely less water. Black oaks? Dogwoods? Install irrigation for new pine trees? When tree removal is done I'll complete another photosphere for comparison. Needless to say, the cabin will never be the same as what I remembered growing up.