Plate 306X. King Creek 1953 - 2003 Viewed northwest up King Creek on the Paunsaugunt Plateau. According to the original photo caption, the deep gully on King Creek was the result of “destructive [livestock] grazing.” The adjacent meadows were root-plowed and reseeded with smooth brome and intermediate wheatgrass by the Forest Service to control erosion, but the gully was not plugged. The steep cut-banks have flattened and the gully is more vegetated today than it was in 1953. The vehicles in the original and the retake are on the main road up King Creek. When the meadow was treated by the Forest Service, invading conifers were killed. Spruce, ponderosa pine, and juniper have all increased on the distant hillside despite logging. The shrubs in the meadow are mostly rubber rabbitbrush, while bitterbrush is common on the hillsides. There was no sign of livestock use in 2003 when the camera station was revisited.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (476146) taken by Lowell J. Farmer on October 14, 1953; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 9, 2003 - - Photo No. 5233-16. Original photograph (2220-2-Range Resources-Dixie) held by the Forest Service Regional Office Photographic Collection housed at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.
Dry Meadow, Conifer, Juniper
South West: Section 16, Range 4 West, Township 37 South; UTM 388100E, 4164580 N; elevation 8,010 ft.