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Pole Corral Draw

1958

1974

2003

Description:

Plate 365X. Pole Corral Draw 1958 - 1974 - 2003 Viewed west up Pole Corral Draw on the eastside of Boulder Mountain. The 1958 image is part of an old, Parker 3-step range transect. After the 1958 photograph was made, the Forest Service built a livestock exclosure through the middle of the transect. By 1974, grass cover had increased inside the exclosure and shrubs had also started to increase. Note that aspen had not regenerated in either the 1958 or 1974 images. Today, however, the aspen clones show evidence of a regeneration event that occurred 30 years ago when mule deer populations declined (Kay and Bartos 2000). This is especially true of the aspen stand near the photopoint, which has increased in size and sent suckers into the forground of the 2003 retake. Those suckers, as well as other aspen suckers in the immediate area now show signs of repeated browsing by the elk, deer, and cattle, which has prevented additional regeneration. Snowberry has increased, especially inside the exclosure. Green rabbitbrush and rose are also present inside the protected area. The fenced area only excludes cattle - - deer and elk can easily enter the exclosure by jumping the low fence. Needle and thread is the most common grass both inside and outside the exclosure. U

Photo Information:

.S. Forest Service photographs (unnumbered) taken August 5, 1958 and August 21, 1974; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 28, 2003 - - Photo No. 5266-3A. Original photographs held in the range files on the Teasdale Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Teasdale, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Aspen, Mountain Brush, Dry Meadow

Location:

South West: Section 1, Range 6 East, Township 32 South; UTM 472400 E, 4212700 N; elevation 8,700 ft.

January 2018