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Duck Lake Snow Course




Plate 1081X. Duck Lake Snow Course 1936 – 2005 Viewed west across the old snow survey course at Duck Lake. In 1936, a series of snow courses were established throughout southern Utah by what is today the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). When they were first set-up, photographs were taken at each snow survey site. Although the snow course at Duck Lake is no longer used by NRCS, the photos remain. Utah Highway 14 has been realigned, widened and paved. Spruce, Douglas fir, and white fir have increased, while aspen has declined. Some aspen along the edge of the meadow regenerated 30 years ago when mule deer populations were low, but not before or since due to repeated ungulate browsing (Kay and Bartos 2000).

Photo Information:

Original photograph (NRCS – 207) taken on September 8, 1936; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 31, 2005 - - Photo No. 5533-32. Original photograph held by the Snow Survey Supervisor, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salt Lake City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Aspen


South West: Section 12, Range 8 West, Township 38 South; UTM 350000 E, 4153300 N; elevation 8,550 ft.

January 2018