Looking northwest from OP 17.
The western part of the 1.NorthwestForest slopes from the north and northeast down toward the southwest toward 2.ForestCreek and where it flows out to the west.
This is a downed tree that is pretty close to on contour, so I've piled branches and pieces of trunk from another tree that had fallen up hill from it. The tree that had fallen must have been one of the dead standing ones because it came down and shattered into many smaller pieces that were small enough for me to haul over and put in place.
The concept is that along this line a fairly thick bed of rotting wood will help accumulate more water for the hillside than having is scattered around. Also, runoff will be slowed, though in the direction I'm facing, toward the northwest corner, there is no evidence of runoff erosion ditches, leading me to think this part hasn't had much human activity in the past except for clear cutting maybe 60 or 70 years ago and probably cattle grazing up until maybe 30 or 40 years ago.