Plate 636X. Navajo Lake 1941 – 2004 Viewed northwest to the upper end of Navajo Lake on the Dixie National Forest. In the foreground is the access road to Navajo Lake Lodge. Livestock no longer graze the area around the lake, as it is now a major recreation complex. Conifers have increased, but many spruce and some Douglas fir have recently been killed by insects and disease - - including the spruce in the foreground. In general, aspen has declined, but some stands successfully regenerated 30 years ago when mule deer populations declined (Kay and Bartos 2000). Today, however, most aspen suckers are heavily browsed by wildlife. A new road has been constructed around the lake - - photo left center - - and below that road aspen has regenerated because high traffic volume limits wildlife use.
U.S. Forest Service photograph taken in September 1941; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 11, 2004 - - Photo No. 5391-20A. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.
Riparian, Conifer, Aspen
South West: Section 12, Range 9 West, Township 38 South; UTM 340800 E, 4154800 N; elevation 9,060 ft.