Great Basin Naturalist


Eight general study sites in the blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) zone of southwestern Utah were examined. Soils data were gathered and plant cover was estimated. Shrubs were found to he positively correlated with shallow, sandy soil. Nonwoody plants were found to be positively correlated with deeper, silty soils. Cryptogamic soil crusts were positively correlated with silt and nitrogen in the soil and therefore may play a role in elevating soil fertility. Shrubs and grasses were negatively correlated. Management implications are discussed.