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Long Valley Exclosure

1960

1966

2005

Description:

Plate 1098X. Long Valley Exclosure 1960 – 1966 – 2005 The Forest Service built a 6.9 acre exclosure at the head of Long Valley in 1960. The exclosure is bounded on the north and west by Cedar Breaks National Monument. The exclosure was fenced only to exclude domestic sheep, not deer or elk - - as this was and is a sheep allotment. The area inside the exclosure was disced, pitted, and reseeded with smooth brome, Kentucky bluegrass, intermediate wheatgrass, and slender wheatgrass. The USFS fences on the east and south have not been maintained since sometime during the 1970’s and thus, sheep have grazed the treated site for a number of years. The fences on the north and west, however, have been maintained by the National Park Service to prevent sheep from entering the National Monument. Many of the photopoints inside the old exclosure are still marked with steel stakes. There appears to be a greater cover of forbs and native grasses on the National Monument, where sheep have not grazed for many years, than inside the former exclosure. Plate 1098x is viewed northeast to the east exclosure fence, which has not been functional for many years. The 1960 image was made before the area was treated, while the 1966 image was made 6 years after treatment and the exclusion of domestic sheep. Most of the mature spruce in the distance were recently killed by insects and disease. The few tall shrubs are currants. The area had been grazed by domestic sheep in 2005.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photographs (unnumbered) taken in 1960 and 1966; retake by Charles E. Kay on September 1, 2005 - - Photo No. 5542-9. Original photographs, negatives, and narrative reports held in the range files on the Cedar City Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Dry Meadow, Conifer

Location:

South West: Section 12, Range 9 West, Township 37 South; UTM of the general exclosure 338300 E, 4163700 N; elevation 10,200 ft.

January 2018