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Blubber Creek




Plate 279X. Blubber Creek 1950 - 2003 Viewed north across Blubber Creek on the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The two spruce in the lower right corner of the original image have died and fallen. The foreground is mostly white clover (Trifolium repens) and Kentucky bluegrass, while sedges and rushes (Juncus spp.) line the stream. The alluvial fan across the creek has been contour-trenched and reseeded by the Forest Service to control erosion and improve range conditions. The low-growing shrubs are mostly shrubby cinquefoil. Despite selective logging of the larger trees, spruce and ponderosa pine have increased, but aspen has declined. The area appears less heavily grazed today than it did in earlier times.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (460993) taken on April 24, 1950; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 6, 2003 - - Photo No. 5223-19. Original photograph held by the Utah Historical Society, Reed W. Bailey Collection (Box 11), Salt Lake City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Conifer, Aspen, Dry Meadow


South West: Section 35, Range 4½ West, Township 37 South; UTM 385850E, 4156100 N; elevation 8,000 ft.

January 2018