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Scout Lake




Plate 13X. Scout Lake 1935-2002 Viewed north-northeast over Scout Lake on the eastside of Boulder Mountain. The forest around the lake has grown-up to such a degree that the original photopoint could not be used, as conifers now block that view. Instead, the retake was made from the lakeshore and further to the right. Conifers, primarily spruce, have increased in height and numbers, while aspen has declined. The lake level is 4 to 5 feet lower in the retake due to the extended drought. Part of the area to the west (left) of the lake was prescribe-burned by the Forest Service in 1997 - - see Plate 14x. There, aspen has successfully produced new stems greater than 6 feet tall, as the fallen trees and dense regrowth limits access by cattle, elk, and deer. Today, there is little forage in the thick, conifer-dominated forest around the lake.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph 308659 taken by K.D. Swan on September 24, 1935; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 7, 2002 - - Photo No. 4956-19. Original photo held by U.S. Forest Service Regional photographic collection (2310-Dixie-133) held at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Aspen


South West: Section 33, Range 5 East, Township 31 South; UTM 468800E, 4212700N; elevation 10,050 ft.

January 2018