Pine Valley Mountain View Administration Site
Plate 696X. Pine Valley Mountain View Administration Site 1943 – 1948 – 1953 – 1979 – 2004 In 1938 this 40 acre Forest Service horse pasture was seeded with crested wheatgrass. Furrows 8 to 12 feet apart were made with a plow and the seed broadcast. “A very nice stand of grass was thus obtained in the sagebrush type…[and this Photo Plot Transect was established] to determine the competition status between grass and sagebrush.” Plate 696x is viewed south to the Pine Valley Mountains near the Photo Plot Transect’s starting point. Mountain big sage has declined while grasses have increased. Grasses include crested wheatgrass, cheatgrass, mutton grass, intermediate wheatgrass, Indian rice grass, and hairy grama. In the distance, conifers have increased including ponderosa pine, white fir, spruce, pinyon, and juniper. Mountain brush has also increased.
U.S. Forest Service photographs (unnumbered) taken by Walter Cottam on July 21, 1943 and July 25, 1948, by I.H. Johnson on July 20, 1953, and by Al Tait on June 19, 1979; retake by Darrell McMahon on June 14, 2004 - - Photo No. DM-24-16. Original photographs, negatives, and narrative reports held in the range files on the St. George Ranger District, Dixie National Forest, St. George, UT.
Sagebrush, Dry Meadow, Conifer, Pinyon, Juniper, Mountain Brush
South West: Section 23, Range 15 West, Township 39 South; UTM of the transect starting point 278400 E, 4140500 N; elevation 6,600 ft.