General Information Project: SEKI Wilderness Meadows Scorecard AssessmentAssessment Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017Meadow Name: Upper Paradise MeadowMeadow Reference: UCDSNM003016Organization Affiliation: American RiversAssessment Completed: Yes General Characteristics Watershed: Upper KingElevation: 2,789mLand Ownership: Kings Canyon National ParkHydrogeomorphic Type: Riparian middle gradient Physical Condition Main Channel Bank Height: Slightly ImpactedSecondary Channel Bank Height: Slightly ImpactedGullies: Moderately ImpactedTotal Bank Stability: Moderately ImpactedSecondary Channel Bank Stability: Slightly ImpactedVegetation Cover: Moderately ImpactedBare Ground: Slightly ImpactedEncroachment: Slightly ImpactedAssessment Points: 20 Restoration Efforts Restoration Efforts: YesComments on Restoration: •33 check dams, most in channel 1. •Wilderness setting: 6 mile hike and 3 mile cross-country without trail. Additional Observations Headcut Present: YesNumber of Headcuts: 6Aspen Trees Present: NoBeavers: NoFish Observed: Yes Grazing and Cattle Grazing Trails: NoStubble: NoDung in Channel: YesHoof Prints on Banks: No Human Impacts Trail: NoEvidence of OHV use: NoRoad: NoCorral: NoBuilding: NoVehical Access: No Adjacent Land Use Adjacent Culvert: NoAdjacent Bridge: NoAdjacent Road: NoAdjacent Building: No Coverage Gopher Disturbance: 6%Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 5% Comments General Comments: •Dispersed issues in both channels and gullies (40 acres). •Middle of meadow appears to be historically inundated but is now dry with two channels flanking the west and east. •Western meadow portion appears to be seepy and sheet flow at the top of meadow is sloped to the north which drains flow into long gully. Water continues in golly and encroachment intensifies. Gully meets up with channel 2 on the west side of the middle meadow section. •Middle meadow section is very dry in the center with both main channels flanking the outsides. Channel 1 has numerous check dams with scoured banks but not terribly gullied. Channel 2 is well vegetated, but more entrenched below the dry meadow surface. The southernmost portion of this section appears to be seeps that channelized into a gully and flank the western portion of the meadow and eventually meet channel 2. •Northernmost meadow section has entrenched channel on western portion with a few undercut check dams. Meadow appears to be seeps at the eastern side which flow downward in the main channel. Channel might be a large gully or insect floodplain? *Channel 1: Flanks the east of the middle meadow. *Channel 2:Flanks the west of the middle meadow. These channels converge at the bottom of the northernmost meadow and cut deeper into the meadow. •Hydrogeomorphic types present: riparian middle gradient, discharge slope, subsurface low gradient.