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Steep Creek




Plate 22X. Steep Creek 1965-2002 Viewed north in upper Steep Creek drainage on the southern flank of Boulder Mountain. This site was contour-trenched, gully-plugged, and reseeded by the Forest Service in 1962 to prevent soil erosion and to improve range conditions. The area was heavily grazed by cattle in 2002 and was also used by elk and mule deer. The shrubs in the retake are mostly snowberry. The log check-dams have decomposed, but active soil erosion appears to have ceased. Most of the aspen stands successfully regenerated, without fire or other disturbance, during the late 1970’s when the mule deer population collapsed (Kay and Bartos 2000).

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken on August 25, 1965; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 8, 2002 - - Photo No. 4962-9. Original photo held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Mountain Brush, Aspen


South West: Section 15, Range 5 East, Township 32 South; UTM 469400E, 4208900N; elevation 9,400 ft.

January 2018