Plate 412X. Georgetown Cemetery 1932 – 2004 Viewed north over the northeast cover of the old Georgetown Cemetery on Yellow Creek near Cannonville, UT. The fence has been replaced and the cemetery extended to the east. The original photograph was taken to document how badly the area outside the cemetery had been overgrazed by cattle and domestic sheep. According to the original caption, native grasses were abundant inside the fenced area where livestock had been excluded for many years, while the outside had been denuded. Note how range conditions have improved outside the cemetery, which is on private property. Indian rice grass, as well as needle and thread are now common inside and outside the fenced area, while sagebrush has declined. In general, however, sagebrush is more abundant outside the cemetery - - as judged by the fenceline contrast on the west side of the cemetery. Pinyon and juniper have increased. The area outside the cemetery has not been grazed by livestock in recent years. The cemetery was established in 1877.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (270637) taken by Reed W. Bailey in 1932; retake by Charles E. Kay on May 10, 2004 - - Photo No. 5292-7. Original photo held by the Utah Historical Society, Reed W. Bailey Collection (Box 5, C-439), Salt Lake City, UT.
Sagebrush, Pinyon, Juniper
South West: Section 31, Range 2 West, Township 37 South; UTM 406700 E, 4154600 N; elevation 5,794 ft.