Plate 20. NIOTCHE CREEK: 1938 - 1996 Musina Peak and the Wasatch Plateau are in the distance. The shrub in the left foreground of both pictures is elderberry (Sambucus sp.). Other shrubs above the stream are willow (Salix spp.), which appears to have increased in both height and density. Aspen (Populus tremuloides) have increased in height. Conifers, primarily spruce (Picea sp.), have grown taller and more numerous. Many of the aspen stands do not appear to have been invaded by conifers, which is a rarity in southern Utah. This is part of the climax aspen zone on the north side of the Fishlake Plateau.
1938 photo [#370023] taken by the Forest Service; 1996 photo is Kay #4033-1 taken on Aug. 3. Forest Service photo [RG-95-G] is held by the National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Riparian, Aspen, Conifer, Sagebrush
South Central: Fishlake N.F., Richfield R.D., T23S, R2E., Sect. 35, UTM 4290100 N, 443700 E; elevation 9,700 ft.; view to north.