Plate 969X. Assay Bench 1957 – 2005 Viewed east along Assay Bench. The road in the 1957 photo has eroded and is no longer passable. Since the original image was made, the area has been root-plowed and reseeded with smooth brome, intermediate wheatgrass, and crested wheatgrass - - see Plates 970x, 971x, and 972x. Part of the area was also burned by the Unita Flat Wildfire in 1989. Nevertheless, ponderosa pine and juniper have increased and the treated area has been invaded by mountain big sage and bitterbrush. The site was actively being grazed by cattle in 2005. Elk and deer use was also evident.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken in August 1957; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 30, 2005 - - Photo No. 5492-8. Original photographs, negatives, and narrative reports held in the range files on the Cedar City Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, UT.
Dry Meadow, Conifer, Juniper, Mountain Brush, Sagebrush
South West: Section 29, Range 6 West, Township 37 South; UTM 363800 E, 4158400 N; elevation 7,520 ft.