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Miners Peak




Plate 1301X. Miners Peak 1917 – 2002 – 2006 Viewed southeast to Miners Peak (9,243 ft) on Cedar Mountain. The area is locally known as Smith Flat. The tall shrubs closest to the camera are willows and appear unchanged despite yearly grazing by domestic sheep on this private rangeland. The foreground was heavily grazed in 1917, while the 2002 retake was made during an extreme drought. The 2006 retake was made under normal precipitation conditions and shows a remarkable regrowth of Letterman needlegrass and slender wheatgrass along with some Kentucky bluegrass. The area is still grazed yearly by domestic sheep. In the distance, aspen has declined and most stands have not successfully regenerated in many years due to repeated ungulate browsing (Ohms 2003).

Photo Information:

The original photograph was taken by Parson Webster in 1917, while the 2002 photo was taken by Seth Ohms; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 11, 2006 - - Photo No. 5679-9. Original photograph provided by Jim Bowns, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT; 2002 retake provided by Seth Ohms, Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Dry Meadow, Aspen


South West: Section 29, Range 10 West, Township 37 South; UTM 323100 E, 4157400 N; elevation 9,180 ft.

January 2018