Plate 472X. Johnson Wash 1939 – 2004 Viewed east-southeast across Johnson Wash to the mouth of Cottonwood Canyon. The White Cliffs are in the distance. Johnson Wash has stabilized and is more heavily vegetated today than it was in the past. The active floodplain has narrowed and incised. Pinyon and juniper have increased - - including the distant slopes that are now blocked from view. The most common shrub is Wyoming big sage, but some plants have died during the recent drought. Globe mallow, Russian thistle, and cheatgrass are the most abundant understory species.
Original photograph taken by H.E. Gregory (No. 938) in 1939; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 6, 2004 - - Photo No. 5330-11. Original photograph held in the U.S. Geological Survey Photograph Library, Denver, CO. For an earlier retake see Webb et al. (1991:41).
Pinyon, Juniper, Sagebrush
South West: Section 35, Range 5 West, Township 41 South; UTM 377751 E, 4117277 N; elevation 5,580 ft.