Visitors to 11,285-foot South Tent Mountain, the highest peak in Sanpete County and on the Wasatch Plateau, can view some of the range-management work done to control the flooding and make the high forest plateau home to one of the nation’s largest elk herds. It is incredibly diverse. There are small patches of spruce and fir, aspens, and sagebrush-shrub communities. There are areas that may get 6 inches of precipitation a year to areas that get 30 inches. There are some of the most erodible soils in Utah.
They are big slumps. Everything we do with regards to timber, road building, and grazing has to recognize that.” When she makes her rounds, Dufour enjoys looking at birds that nest in the cavities of the plentiful dead snags of the dark forest. She listens to bugling elk in the fall and looks up to see goshawks, peregrine falcons, and three-toed woodpeckers, all species regarded as sensitive by federal wildlife managers. Sumps, seeps, potholes, and wetlands dot the Wasatch Plateau, creating habitats for frogs, salamanders, and toads.
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