Plate 589X. Aspen-Mirror Lake 1938 – 2004 Viewed northeast across Aspen-Mirror Lake on Duck Creek. Conifers, primarily ponderosa pine, white fir, and spruce have increased, while aspen has declined. Some aspen around the lake, however, has successfully regenerated, especially when mule deer numbers were low during the 1970’s (Kay and Bartos 2000)- - see Plate 588x. The large ponderosa pine on the left is still present, as are most of the older trees on the far hillside. Note the domestic sheep in the 1938 image. Today, the area around the lake is not grazed by livestock, as it is a major recreation area. The shoreline is more heavily vegetated today than it was in earlier times. Sedges and rushes dominate the foreground in the retake.
U.S. Forest Service photograph taken on July 10, 1938; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 9, 2004 - - Photo No. 5376-33. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.
Conifer, Aspen, Riparian
South West: Section 7, Range 7 West, Township 38 South; UTM 352000 E, 4154000 N; elevation 8,420 ft.