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Crawford Creek




Plate 230X. Crawford Creek 1962 - 2003 Viewed south-southwest at the mouth of Crawford Creek. The original photograph shows a Maccoferri Gabion being constructed to prevent headwall cutting on Crawford Creek. Today, that structure has held for more than 40 years and headwall erosion has been stopped. Sedges dominate the stream channel, while the drier areas have been replanted with smooth brome and Kentucky bluegrass. The shrubs in the retake are primarily rubber rabbitbrush. Spruce has increased, while aspen has declined. Aspen on top of the ridge (photo upper right edge), however, successfully regenerated about 25 years ago when mule deer numbers were low (Kay and Bartos 2000). Today, however, all aspen suckers are repeatedly browsed by elk, deer, and cattle.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken by R.L. Jacobson in November 1962; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 4, 2003 - - Photo No. 5206-4A. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Conifer, Aspen


South West: Section 26, Range 4 ½ West, Township 38 South; UTM 384600E, 4147600N; elevation 8,150 ft.

January 2018