Plate 59. SARGENT MOUNTAIN: ca. 1925 - 1999 The range was very heavily grazed in 1925, judging from the heavily browsed serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) on the distant hillside and the freshly eroded soil at the base of the hill below the photo point. The range appeared to be in much better condition in 1999 as evidenced by the abundant grasses and no evidence of erosion. The valley and most of the far hillside were burned sometime in the 1980's, which explains the lack of sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) in those parts of the 1999 photo. Conifers appear to have increased over the intervening years, and aspen (Populus tremuloides) has regenerated in the left foreground and photo left edge. Snowberry (Symphoricarpos sp.) is also common in the 1999 photo. The line bisecting the 1999 photo is a new 4x4 road. Monroe Mountain, Sevier Valley, and the Wasatch Plateau are in the distance.
The ca.1925 photo is U.S. Forest Service #179807; 1999 photo is Kay #4449-10A, taken on July 25. Forest Service photo [2310 Fishlake-32] held by the Forest Service Regional Office Photographic Collection housed at Weber State Univ., Ogden, UT.
Sagebrush, Mountain Brush, Aspen, Conifer, Dry Meadow
South Central: Fishlake N.F, Beaver R.D., T26S, R4½w, Sect.34, UTM 4262400 N, 383500 E; elevation 9,150 ft., viewed northeast.