Part of the clearing process has been reshaping and preparing for new planting. This has included dragging logs and offcuts up the slopes to create small swales without cutting into the steep hillsides. At these points we can plant trees and shrubs and create a protected base for them. Water, soil and organic matter can collect around them, critters and bugs can hide and play around the logs. Eventually, after a year or two, those logs will break down into the soil and the wee plants first planted will have already established their root base, holding the hillside together.