Chapter 7
Middle Mountains

Birch Creek Narrows; view of riparian
re-growth following past fire.

The Middle Mountains are currently being used for livestock grazing. Livestock utilization of riparian habitat can lead to adverse impacts of vegetation, watershed, and wildlife values if proper management standards and guidelines are not applied. A brief survey was conducted of riparian sample sites following the 1999, 2000, and 2001 grazing seasons to assess the impacts of livestock grazing to these representative sites. These same locations have been re-assessed following or near the conclusion of the 2002 grazing season in order to determine livestock impacts and current riparian conditions.

Each location surveyed for this chapter has retained the same numerical designation as in Volumes I, II, and III, and includes the following sample sites:

1.   Birch Creek (Lower Little Birch)*
2.   Birch Creek (Spring)*
3.   Blue Hill Creek (Lower)*
4.   Blue Hill Creek (Upper)*
5.   Cold Creek, Lower*
6.   Cold Creek, North Fork*
7.   Cold Creek (Upper)*
8.   Coyote Creek (Upper)*
9.   Emery Creek (Lower)*
10. Emery Creek, Unnamed Tributary*
11. Emery Creek (Upper)*
12. Red's Cabin Spring*
13. Shoe Spring*
14. Spring Creek (Lower)*
15. Spring Creek, Unnamed Tributary*
16. Spring Creek (Upper)*
17. Unnamed Spring (State Meadow)*
18. Unnamed Spring (Upper Quarry Rd.)*
19. Wilson Pass (Artificial Point)*
20. Wilson Spring*
21. Worthington Spring, Creek Flow*

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*Wildlife frequency data originally preceeded the summary section. Due to the large volume of data collected and to avoid confusion, frequency charts are now located in Appendix F.