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City Creek Basin




Plate 62. CITY CREEK BASIN: 1924 - 1999 All of the pinyon (Pinus edulis) and juniper (Juniperus sp.) closest to the camera in the 1924 photo were destroyed in PJ-control efforts by the Forest Service sometime in the 1960's-70's. Nevertheless, pinyon and juniper increased so dramatically since then that the original camera station could not be precisely relocated. Pinyon and juniper have also increased over the years on the more distant hillsides, as has oak brush (Quercus gambelii). Lack of old stumps and woody remains suggests that this is not a matter of pinyon and juniper re-establishment following removal; rather it appears that these trees have moved downslope replacing other vegetation in the absence of fire. Woody riparian vegetation also appears to have increased along City Creek, although these plants may not have been fully leafed out in the 1924 photo. Curlleaf mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius) appears more abundant in 1999 on the distant hillsides.

Photo Information:

1924 photo is U.S. Forest Service #186708 taken on May 14; 1999 photo is Kay #4454-17, taken on July 26. Forest Service photo [2300-R-45-Scenery] held by the Beaver Ranger District, Fishlake National Forest, Beaver, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Pinyon, Juniper, Sagebrush, Riparian, Mountain Brush


South Central: Fishlake N.F, Beaver R.D., T29S, R4W, Sect.27, UTM 4235200 N, 386650 E; elevation 7,080 ft., viewed northwest.

January 2018