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South Creek





Plate 109X. South Creek 1951-1951-2002 Viewed west-southwest down South Creek near Widtsoe, Utah. The original photograph shows a dense stand of rubber rabbitbrush that had become established on an abandoned agricultural field. The site was then treated with fire (first retake) and reseeded to crested wheatgrass. That planting, however, has now been reinvaded by rubber rabbitbrush. In addition, big sage has also begun to invade the site. Pinyon and juniper have increased in the distance, as has ponderosa pine. South Creek flows at the bottom of a 20 to 30 ft. deep arroyo at the base of the hill along the southern edge of the treated area (photo left). Shakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae) is also present, as are a few, widely scattered bitterbrush plants. The area was heavily grazed by cattle in 2002.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photographs 472768 and 472769 taken by T.A. Phillips in May 1951; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 8, 2002 - - Photo No. 5021-10. Original photograph held by the Utah Historical Society, Reed W. Bailey Collection, Salt Lake City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Sagebrush, Pinyon, Juniper


South West: Section 25, Range 2 West, Township 34 South; UTM 415300E, 4185500N; elevation 7,980 ft.

January 2018