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Crawford Creek

1964

2003

Description:

Plate 227X. Crawford Creek 1964 - 2003 Viewed southeast up Crawford Creek. Conifers have grown-up and now block the original view, so the retake was made a little further to the left. Spruce has increased, while aspen has declined. Many spruce on the valley floor, however, have died, most likely the result of an elevated water table associated with the old beaver activity. Crawford Creek was actively being dammed by beaver in 1964, but that no longer is the case. A few aspen successfully regenerated about 25 years ago when mule deer numbers were low (Kay and Bartos 2000), but today all aspen suckers are heavily browsed by elk, deer, and cattle. The area was actively being grazed by cattle in 2003.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (508790) taken by Lee Prater on August 17, 1964; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 3, 2003 - - Photo No. 5203-19. Original photograph held by the U.S. Forest Service Regional Office Photographic Collection (Dixie-2230-2) housed at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Aspen, Riparian

Location:

South West: Section 35, Range 4 ½ West, Township 38 South; UTM 384800E, 4146600N; elevation 8,280 ft.

January 2018