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Lower West Pass Creek Exclosure

1962

2005

Description:

Plate 1069X. Lower West Pass Creek Exclosure 1962 – 2005 Viewed northwest along the east side of the Lower West Pass Creek Exclosure. Copper Knoll (9,015 ft.) is in the distance. The fenced area excludes only livestock, not deer or elk. The area around the exclosure was root-plowed and reseeded with smooth brome and crested wheatgrass - - see Plate 1068x - - but the inside does not appear to have been treated. The exclosure was built in 1952, the year the surrounding area was reseeded. There is some smooth brome and crested wheatgrass inside the exclosure, but the fenced area is mostly native needle and thread. Shrubs, including three-tipped sage, bitterbrush, and green rabbitbrush are more abundant inside the exclosure, as is Indian paintbrush. Pinyon, juniper, and ponderosa pine have increased in the distance. The gullies seen in the original have been back-filled and reseeded. The seeded area outside the exclosure has been invaded by three-tipped sage.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken in 1962; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 7, 2005 - - Photo No. 5528-26A. Original photographs, negatives, and narrative reports held in the range files on the Cedar City Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Dry Meadow, Sagebrush, Pinyon, Juniper, Conifer

Location:

South West: Section 1, Range 7 West, Township 36 South; UTM 360600 E, 4173800 N; elevation 8,040 ft.

January 2018