I've been reading a lot of posts over the last year on foundation materials, and types of foundations for remote cabins. I have built a few log cabins before for other people but never remote. My wife and I are in the process of purchasing some remote land and we would like to build a small 14 x 16 log cabin on the property. So the biggest issue I am having is with the foundation. I think I am kind of leaning towards using some type of pier block type of foundation. The area we will be building on has permafrost soils. I want to built above the ground rather than below ground to avoid melting the permafrost below the cabin. I have heard that it is important to remove any organics like moss and haul in gravel to avoid the hazard of a ground/brush fire. My concern is that if I remove the organic layer won't this affect the natural insulation that the moss/organic layer provides?