Plate 639X. Elderberry Spring 1941 – 2004 Viewed west to Elderberry Spring on the upper end of Navajo Lake. The area is no longer grazed by livestock, as it is part of a major recreation complex around Navajo Lake. Willows have increased in the foreground. Conifers have increased, but many spruce and some Douglas fir have recently been killed by insects and disease. In general, aspen has declined, but some stands successfully regenerated 30 years ago when mule deer populations were low (Kay and Bartos 2000). Today, however, most aspen suckers are heavily browsed by wildlife. The conspicuous forb in the foreground is tall larkspur.
U.S. Forest Service photograph taken in September 1941; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 11, 2004 - - Photo No. 5391-29A. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.
Riparian, Conifer, Aspen
South West: Section 12, Range 9 West, Township 38 South; UTM 340400 E, 4154200 N; elevation 9,050 ft.