Little Sugarloaf Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Meadow Name: 
Little Sugarloaf Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,195m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Slightly Impacted
Secondary Channel Bank Height: 
Natural Condition
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Secondary Channel Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Slightly Impacted
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Heavily Impacted
Assessment Points: 
25
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
Yes
Comments on Restoration: 
-Check dam built in 1950s on small channel. -Wilderness setting, off-trail access. -Large gullies draining meadow, maybe too large for hand labor. Impacts are located throughout meadow, but especially at SW edge.
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
2
Aspen Trees Present: 
Yes
Beavers: 
No
Fish Observed: 
No
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: 
0%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
8%
Comments
General Comments: 
-Open meadow very wet with number of seeps and springs. Conifer encroachment prevalent on all edges and within meadow. Aspen stands within confer along edge. -Two gullies, one very large, drain the western side of the meadow. -S&MCC built check dams, relocated 1, which appears stable. -Scored furthest N channel as Channel 1, and channel in center of meadow as Channel 2. -Unsure of full historic extent of meadow, but clearly was larger in the past due to encroachment. -Numerous logs in channels behave like check dams. Evidence of fire on NW edge of meadow. -Hydrogeomorphic types present: discharge slope, riparian middle gradient, subsurface middle gradient.

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