Plate 168X. Table Mountain 1920 - 2003 Viewed northwest across Pole Canyon to Table Mountain (9,879 ft.). Yucca (Yucca spp.) has declined in the foreground, while sagebrush and grasses have increased, despite the extended drought. Conifers, primarily Douglas fir, have increased as has curlleaf mountain mahogany. Aspen has increased in height, but most stand have not regenerated in many years due to repeated browsing (Kay and Bartos 2000). The few, older conifers visible in 1920 were mostly growing on boulder fields or other fire refugia, as this area was once swept by frequent, but low-intensity fires. Cattle use this area during summer, as do wintering elk and mule deer.
U.S. Forest Service photograph (47042A) taken by H.W. Johnston on May 1, 1920; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 11, 2003 - - Photo No. 5178-32. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.
Conifer, Mountain Brush, Aspen
South West: Section 15, Range 2 ½ West, Township 31 South; UTM 402900E, 4218500N; elevation 8,840 ft.