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Lowder Creek

1945

2005

Description:

Plate 1147X. Lowder Creek 1945 – 2005 Viewed north-northwest up Lowder Creek. Note the Forest Service Guard Station in the 1945 image - - photo right-center edge, which has since been demolished. There was an active beaver dam on the site in 1945, but today the area is a wet meadow. Beaver-cut aspen and willows would have resprouted, but that regrowth was repeatedly browsed by livestock until those plants were eliminated. A few short willows were present in 2005. In general, aspen has declined, while conifers have increased. Many older spruce, though, were recently killed by insects and disease. The shrubs on the hillside near the former guard station are silver sage. The area was actively being grazed by cattle in 2005.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken by Floyd Noel on August 14, 1945; retake by Charles E. Kay on September 5, 2005 - - Photo No. 5565-22. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Wet Meadow, Aspen, Conifer

Location:

South West: Section 19, Range 8 West, Township 36 South; UTM 342000 E, 4170400 N; elevation 10,240 ft.

January 2018