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Navajo Lake




Plate 632X. Navajo Lake 1930 – 2004 Viewed east-northeast to the upper end of Navajo Lake on the Dixie National Forest. The meadow is no longer grazed by livestock, as the entire area around the lake is now a major recreation complex. The road nearest the camera in the retake provides access to summer homes. The road on the south shore of the lake has been widened and paved. Some aspen around the lake successfully regenerated when mule deer numbers were low during the 1970’s (Kay and Bartos 2000), but today most aspen suckers are repeatedly browsed by wildlife. In general, though, aspen has declined, while conifers primarily spruce, white fir, ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir have increased. Many spruce, however, have recently been killed by insects and disease - - note the pile of logging slash in the retake (photo center). A limited amount of salvage logging has occurred to insure public safety - - i.e., to reduce the risk of injuring people or destroying property by falling trees during wind-throw events. Most of the bug-killed trees on the Dixie National Forest, though, have not been salvaged.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (257064) taken ca. 1930; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 10, 2004 - - Photo No. 5389-33. Original photograph (2200-Dixie-3) held in the U.S. Forest Service Regional Office Photographic Collection housed at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Conifer, Aspen


South West: Section 11, Range 9 West, Township 38 South; UTM 339800 E, 41534290 N; elevation 9,120 ft.

January 2018