Plate 180X. Showalter Bench 1940 - 2003 Viewed southeast over the lower portion of Showalter Bench. According to H.E. Gregory, the area in the foreground had once been cultivated, but was invaded by sagebrush after the fields were abandoned. During the early 1950’s, however, the site was root-plowed and reseeded with crested wheatgrass, as part of the Pines Reseeding by the Forest Service. Sagebrush has since reinvaded the site only to be killed by the drought that has gripped southern Utah for several years. Needle and thread grass is also present and the area was actively being grazed by cattle in 2003. Juniper has increased, as has ponderosa pine, the latter, despite repeated logging.
U.S. Geological Survey photograph by H.E. Gregory (No. 978) taken in 1940; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 14, 2003 - - Photo No. 5186-4. Original photograph held by U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, Denver, CO.
South West: Section 12, Range 4 West, Township 35 South; UTM 396100E, 4180600N; elevation 7,940 ft.