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Title Is Utah Sahara Bound?
Subject Agriculture--Utah; Land use--Utah
Description The 11th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Cottam, Walter Pace, 1894-
Publisher Extension Division, University of Utah
Date 1947-02-19
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Digitization Specifications Original scanned on Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed tiff. Display images generated in PhotoshopCS and uploaded into CONTENTdm Aquisition Station.
Resource Identifier,458
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.37 no.11
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Is Utah Sahara Bound?," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Setname uu_fwrl
Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2009-03-13
ID 319731
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Description 28 IS UTAH SAHARA BOUND? to it. These investigations showed further that because of the gully systems established by this flood, Salt Lake City may expect more violent discharges from the same area with even less precipitation unless the watershed is improved. Yet we have done little about it, and as time passes we worry less. As a notable feature of the centennial celebration we are about to unveil a monument at the mouth of Emigration Canyon commemorating Brigham Young's historic pronouncement "this is the place." Plans are well laid to make the pioneer trail from Henefer in Weber Canyon to Salt Lake City a memorial highway. Appropriate markers along the way will undoubtedly announce to tourists and residents alike the historic campsites and such notable landmarks as the Big Mountain summit where the Saints caught a first thrilling glimpse of their promised land, and the summit of Little Mountain that marked their last difficult climb in that long, wearisome trek. From Henefer to the summit of Little Mountain tourists and residents might well enjoy the landscape and historic contemplations together. But at Little Mountain, if some such sign were possible, there should be one urging tourists full speed ahead, but our citizens to stop, look and meditate. From this vantage point, an inspiring view in pioneer days, there is spread in every direction the most flagrant example of plant resource desecration to be found near populated centers in Utah with the exception of the North Oquirrh Mountains. Along the summit of this historic pass the earth is bare except for an occasional copse of serviceberry hedged as high as a sheep can reach, and for clumps of maple whose exposed roots give silent proof that the soil where once our pioneers trod has long since vanished with the forces of erosion. Going south from the pass of Little Mountain, the sheep trail, now fenced and barren of vegetation, parallels a huge gully approximately a half mile long, 20 feet wide and 20 feet deep. The soil from this ugly scar, amounting to about 15,000 cubic yards, now rests on the bottom of Mountain Dell Reservoir, one of the principal sources of Salt Lake City's culinary water. In addition an uncal-culated amount of surface soil from a much larger abused area has found lodgment there, together with unnumbered tons of droppings from the herds of sheep that have caused this erosion. In recent years contour trenching on the north slope of Parley's Canyon has prevented much of this organic faecal matter from flowing into the stream that helps to feed the reservoir, but the lack of this engineering on the south slopes insures contamination of our drinking water. Recent years have seen a tremendous increase of deer on the Salt Lake City watersheds despite the fact that because of a lack of winter forage such numbers could never be supported without winter supplemental feeding. The area adjacent to the Little Mountain sheep trail on Parley's Canyon is now used by the State Fish and Game Department for winter feeding of deer. It is estimated that between 300 and 500 animals are fed hay daily. By springtime the canyon slopes that drain directly into Mountain Dell Reservoir less than a mile away take on the appearance of a huge corral. The carcasses of deer that have died during the winter feeding period are
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Source Original Manuscript: Is Utah Sahara Bound? by Walter P. Cottam.
Setname uu_fwrl
Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
ID 319717
Reference URL