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Spring Creek Bench




Plate 825X. Spring Creek Bench 1936 – 2004 Viewed north-northwest on Spring Creek Bench south of Enterprise, Utah. In 1936, four photographs were taken to document range conditions in the area. Three inside a fenced Forest Service administration site, which had been moderately grazed for 30 years, and one, heavily grazed site adjacent to the fenced pasture. Plate 825x was taken inside the fenced pasture and shows how native grasses and shrubs had recovered under moderate grazing - - compare this 1936 image with that of the adjacent heavily grazed site - -see Plate 826x. Since that time however, the fence has been removed and the area reseeded with crested and intermediate wheatgrass. Pinyon and juniper have increased, but many of those plants were recently cut to improve range conditions. Shrubs include mountain big sage, bitterbrush, and snakeweed. The area is used by cattle and wintering mule deer.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (330779) taken on October 1, 1936; retake by Darrell McMahon on October 14, 2004 - - Photo No. DM-81-6A. Original photograph held by the Utah Historical Society, Reed W. Bailey Collection (Box 15), Salt Lake City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Pinyon, Juniper, Sagebrush


South West: Section 23, Range 17 West, Township 37 South; UTM 258982 E, 4160078 N; elevation 5,407 ft.

January 2018