Upper Paradise Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Meadow Name: 
Upper Paradise Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,789m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Slightly Impacted
Secondary Channel Bank Height: 
Slightly Impacted
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Moderately Impacted
Secondary Channel Bank Stability: 
Slightly Impacted
Vegetation Cover: 
Moderately Impacted
Bare Ground: 
Slightly Impacted
Encroachment: 
Slightly Impacted
Assessment Points: 
20
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
Yes
Comments 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: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
6
Aspen Trees Present: 
No
Beavers: 
No
Fish Observed: 
Yes
Grazing and Cattle
Grazing Trails: 
No
Stubble: 
No
Dung in Channel: 
Yes
Hoof Prints on Banks: 
No
Human Impacts
Trail: 
No
Evidence of OHV use: 
No
Road: 
No
Corral: 
No
Building: 
No
Vehical Access: 
No
Adjacent Land Use
Adjacent Culvert: 
No
Adjacent Bridge: 
No
Adjacent Road: 
No
Adjacent 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.

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