Plate 988X. Ikes Valley 1952 – 2005 Viewed northwest at the head of Ikes Valley. This is a general view of the area were the Parker Three-Step Transect is located. The large ponderosa pine in the center of the photograph is the end point for line two - - see Plate 987x. The area in the foreground has been treated and is mostly smooth brome and Kentucky bluegrass with some native needle and thread. Juniper and ponderosa pine have increased. The most common shrubs are currant, bitterbrush, and green rabbitbrush. The site was actively being grazed by sheep in 2005. Some ponderosa pine and juniper were killed on the top of the distant ridge by a prescribed burn. The gully seen in the 1952 image is more vegetated today than it was in the past.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken on July 18, 1952; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 31, 2005 - - Photo No. 5497-21. Original photographs, negatives, and narrative reports held in the range files on the Cedar City Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, UT.
Conifer, Juniper, Dry Meadow, Mountain Brush
South West: Section 20, Range 6 West, Township 38 South; UTM 362850 E, 4151120 N; elevation 7,800 ft.