Plate 85X. Donkey Reservoir 1965-2002 Viewed southwest across Donkey Reservoir to Boulder Top (11,000 ft.). Conifers, primarily spruce, have increased, while aspen has declined. Aspen in sliderock areas has successfully regenerated, as the steep slopes limit ungulate herbivory. More accessible aspen stands, however, have not regenerated in many years. Except for sliderock areas, all aspen stands have been heavily invaded by conifers. Four willow plants were visible on the far shoreline in 1965, while only two are alive today. The accessible areas around the lake were heavily grazed by cattle in 2002. The reservoir level was as low as possible in 2002 due to the extended drought and downstream water demands.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken in 1965; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 31, 2002 - - Photo No. 4988-24. Original photograph held by U. S. Forest Service Regional Photographic Collection (2360-1-Dixie-A1123) housed at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.
Conifer, Aspen, Riparian
South West: Section 17, Range 4 East, Township 30 South; UTM 475030E, 4228300N; elevation 10,180 ft.