Plate 402X. Noon Creek 1960 – 2004 Viewed north across Noon Creek one mile east of Bryce Canyon National Park. The original photograph was apparently taken early in the spring as the oakbrush was not yet leafed-out. The benches along the stream were root-plowed and reseeded with crested wheatgrass a year or two prior to when the initial photograph was taken. Note the jeep in the dry creek channel of the 1960 image for scale. The original photo was taken from the old Forest Service trail - - not the present USFS trail - - but that view is now blocked by pinyon, juniper, and oakbrush, so the retake was made from the nearest open area, which is at a slightly lower elevation. Pinyon, juniper, mountain big sage, and oakbrush have all increased. The area was not grazed by livestock in 2004. There was some use by mule deer and none by elk.
U.S. Forest Service photograph taken by O.L. Daniels in 1960; retake by Charles E. Kay on May 9, 2004 - - Photo No. 5287-22. Original photograph held in the range files on the Panguitch Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, Panguitch, UT.
Pinyon, Juniper, Oakbrush
South West: Section 26, Range 4 West, Township 37 South; UTM 394900 E, 4156600 N; elevation 7,090 ft.