Plate 199X. Rock Creek 1966 - 2003 Viewed southwest across lower Rock Creek. The helicopter, which is landing to refuel in the original photograph, was spraying herbicide in the immediate area to kill sagebrush. This was part of a larger spray project that was subsequently reseeded with crested wheatgrass. Despite these treatments, sagebrush today is as abundant as it was in 1966. Native grasses, such as blue gramma and needle and thread are also present. The cat trail seen in the original has naturally revegetated. Pinyon and juniper have increased. Rubber rabbitbrush dominates low areas in the valley. The foreground is mostly black sage, while mountain big sagebrush is common on the more distant ridges.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken by Reed Thomson on May 14, 1966; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 18, 2003 - - Photo No. 5191-30. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.
Sagebrush, Pinyon, Juniper
South West: Section 30, Range 2 West, Township 33 South; UTM 407700E, 4196300N; elevation 7,360 ft.