Weber State University
Department of Botany
UINTA MOUNTAINS FIELD TRIP
Bring a print out of the questions with you so you can fill in the answers during the trip.
The following questions may be answered in the various presentations by field trip leaders during the day. The questions are not intended to be all inclusive as to the material presented. As a participant, use the questions for self-assessment of understanding the presentations.
1. List 3 environmental problems facing the "Wasatch Front" portion of Utah.
2. How has the climate of the Great Basin changed during the past ten thousand years?
3. List the projects of the Bureau of Reclamation in the area traversed by the field trip and summarize the value of the Weber Basin Project to northern Utah.
4. What one factor has caused the greatest change in the vegetation of Utah since settlement? Should this change cause us any great concern? What can we do about it?
5. List the major plant indicators for each of the following Life Zones:
a. Upper Sonoran
6. Name 2 (two) native Utah conifers of the Uinta Mountains that are absent in natural distribution from the Wasatch Mountains.
7. Consider the SAMAK summer home area: will there be problems with added development? What are some of the problems created by development in the past?
8. What are the five major areas of responsibility of resource management by the U.S. Forest Service on public land.
9. What problems have developed from the use of Duchesne Tunnel?
10. How is it possible to graze so many animals in the vicinity of the Multiple Use Highway and still have so much recreational use of the highway, campgrounds, and streamside?
11. Describe the types of weathering forces which act on bedrock to break it down into soil particles.
12. How do plants and animals aid in soil development?
13.ln examining an increment core from a given tree, you find that at about 30 years of age the rings narrow for 10 years then get wider. Give two explanations for this pattern for a particular tree.
14. Briefly describe the stages of hydrosere (pond) primary succession as it occurs near Lilly Lake.
15. Review post-glacial xerosere (bare rock) primary succession on upland areas near Lilly Lake.
16. What are some arguments for and against wilderness area designation?
17. Which 2 groups of plant pigments are primarily responsible for the various colors seen in leaves in the fall? What metabolic activities within the leaves lead to the appearance of each of these two pigment groups?
A PDF file that combines the Resource Guide and Review Questions is also available. You will need an Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to read and print this file. (In case you haven't heard, the Reader is free.)
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5 June 2003