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Forest Park is managed in many respects as a wilderness; unfortunately, old growth trees were logged as recently as the 1950s creating second growth areas such as this with mature Alder. Stumps are visible along the far slope. Here a tree has fallen, probably from recent winter storm winds. It likely will be allowed to naturally decompose to provide habitat for the many species living here, as well as enrich and stabilize the soil. This photo was taken from Wildwood Trail, which is also visible on the far slope. (File photo, Wikimedia Commons)