Plate 926X. Little Valleys 1957 – 2005 Viewed south across the Parker Three-Step Transect in Little Valleys north of Panguitch Lake. The steel fence post seen in the mid-distance is the start of the transect, which runs west (right) to east (left). Native grasses are primarily Stipa spp. and Poa spp. Silver sage, mountain big sage, and rubber rabbitbrush grow on top of the mima mounds that dot the meadow. Conifers, primarily spruce, white fir, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine have increased despite selective logging. Some aspen stands regenerated 30 years ago when mule deer numbers were low but not since due to repeated ungulate herbivory (Kay and Bartos 2000). The area was actively being grazed by cattle in 2005. Elk use was also evident.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken in 1957; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 26, 2005 - - Photo No. 5476-27. Original photographs, negatives, and reports held in the range files on the Cedar City Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, UT.
Sagebrush, Conifer, Aspen
South West: Section 34, Range 7 West, Township 34 South; UTM 356200 E, 4185450 N; elevation 8,680 ft.