What an enjoyable ride! You travel in my style; that is ride the day with rewards at night. Logging was one of the markets I covered as a job in various locations in U.S.A. with different styles of cutting in each location. Clear cutting, which looks like you experienced, results pretty much depends on soil type, terrain and intensity of rain or melting. The area you crossed does not look like a good place for clear cutting, which results in erosion. It always looks ugly, but you can never tell a book by it's cover!