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Photograph of Wood Canyon-Stake 3828 - May 12, 1999
Dominic Oldershaw
Surprisingly, the pipeline corridor is now more prominent than before where it crosses Wood Canyon. Grasses are very common in the corridor, an increase which has occurred at several sites in Wood Canyon. These grasses primarily are Achnotherum speciosum (desert needlegrass). Grasses have increased in disturbed sites in Wood Canyon, possibly because of the removal of feral burros from the northern Panamint Mountains in the mid-1980s. Visually, disturbance scars may persist or vanish depending on species composition changes. These visual changes may have little to do with whether the site is "fully recovered" in a species-composition sense. (Dominic Oldershaw)