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Johns Valley




Plate 145X. Johns Valley 1921-2003 Viewed southwest across Johns Valley with Wilson Peak (9,034 ft.) on the skyline (photo left-center). Shown is the East Fork of the Sevier River. Conifers have increased and now block the original view, so the camera station for the retake was moved to the nearest open area. Except for the ridge in the foreground, there were very few young trees in 1921 - - a result of once frequent but low-intensity ground fires. Today, the forest has both grown-up and thickened-up despite repeated logging - - note the logging road on the near hillside in the retake. Most of the conifers are ponderosa pine, but spruce, limber pine, Douglas fir, and bristlecone pine are also present. The conspicuous evergreen shrub in the original is greenleaf manzanita and it too has increased. Curlleaf mountain mahogany is also present.

Photo Information:

U.S. Geological Survey photograph taken by R.C. Moore (No. 180) in 1921; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 24, 2003 - - Photo No. 5171-15. Original photograph held by U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, Denver, CO.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Mountain Brush


South West: Section 30, Range 2 West, Township 35 South; UTM 407200 E, 4176700 N; elevation 8,400 ft.

January 2018