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Big Lake Ridge




Plate 324X. Big Lake Ridge 1952 - 2003 Viewed south-southwest approximately 600 yards northeast of Big Lake on the Awapa Plateau. The shallow lake seen in the distance supports a thick growth of native sedges. The original photographs (Plates 323x, 324x, and 325x) were part of an old Parker 3-step range transect. Plate 324x was taken from between the third and fourth steel stakes on the transect centerline - - see Plates 323x and 325x. The foreground is dotted with mima mounds - - slightly-elevated circular landforms created by pocket gophers over hundreds or thousands of years. Silver sage appears to have increased and grows the tallest on top of mima mounds where the soil is deepest. In the distance, spruce has increased while aspen has declined.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken on July 22, 1952; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 24, 2003 - - Photo No. 5247-12. Original photograph held in the range files on the Teasdale Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Teasdale, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Conifer, Aspen, Dry Meadow, Sagebrush


South West: Section 28, Range 2 East, Township 31 South; UTM of transect starting point 440000 E, 4215350 N; elevation 9,880 ft.

January 2018