Plate 1148X. Lowder Creek 1945 – 2005 Viewed west across Lowder Creek. There was an active beaver dam on the site in 1945, but today the area is a wet meadow. Beaver-cut aspen and willows would have resprouted, but that regrowth was repeatedly browsed by livestock until those plants were eliminated. A few short willows were present in 2005. In general, aspen has declined, while conifers have increased. Many older spruce, though, were recently killed by insects and disease. The area was actively being grazed by cattle in 2005.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken by Floyd Noel on August 14, 1945; retake by Charles E. Kay on September 6, 2005 - - Photo No. 5567-8A. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.
Wet Meadow, Aspen, Conifer
South West: Section 19, Range 8 West, Township 36 South; UTM 342000 E, 4170400 N; elevation 10,240 ft.