Forest creek from west of the west property line.
These two slopes meeting at the forest creek are the least disturbed areas on the property. My guess is that this whole area was clear cut in the 30's or 40's for lumber and that since then had been intermittantly used to graze cattle. There is still very little underbrush after 15 years, though a lot more than there was 15 years ago. The leaf litter is only a couple inches thick in most places, and the ground under will turn to hardpan. Need to build up biomass.
The bush honeysuckle invasion has just gotten started in this area, and i think i can get it under control fairly quickly.
This year there are several largish trees that have come down over the forest creek. I think it would be best to move them up on the banks to be the base of a water catchment swale. A dam using some of the rocks might make a small pool, enough to dip into.
I've never seen it completely dry, though I have seen it limited to a few wet spots along this lower part and a couple of shallow puddles under the rocks where it starts to turn to the left just below the pond dam.
Certainly is open in the winter. Can hardly see anything back here when the trees are leafed out.