Plate 451X. Paria River 1918- 2004 Viewed southwest down the Paria River just below its confluence with Cottonwood Creek. The stream channel has narrowed and the floodplain is more heavily vegetated today than in the past despite continued use by livestock. Cottonwood and willows have increased, as have tamarisk, arrowwood, and Russian olive. Pinyon and juniper have also increased. Greasewood, shadscale, and rubber rabbitbrush are common on drier sites. A high-voltage powerline has been added. The area was actively being grazed by cattle in 2004.
Original photograph taken by H.E. Gregory (No. 377) in 1918; retake by Charles E. Kay on May 16, 2004 - - Photo No. 5314-29. Original photograph held by the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, Denver, CO.
Riparian, Pinyon, Juniper, Salt Desert Shrub
South West: Section 20, Range 1 West, Township 41 South; UTM 417800 E, 4120300 N; elevation 4,700 ft.