Ranger Meadows Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Meadow Name: 
Ranger Meadows
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,679m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Moderately Impacted
Gullies: 
Slightly Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Slightly Impacted
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Slightly Impacted
Assessment Points: 
19
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Comments on Restoration: 
-Wilderness setting: by foot access (15-16 miles) on trail. -Impacts localized in middle anger: bank at top is sloughing and small gullies and conifer encroachment. -Check historic channel pictures: unsure if main channel is incised.
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
1
Aspen Trees Present: 
Yes
Beavers: 
No
Fish Observed: 
Yes
Grazing and Cattle
Grazing Trails: 
No
Stubble: 
No
Dung in Channel: 
No
Hoof Prints on Banks: 
No
Human Impacts
Trail: 
Yes
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: 
1%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
20%
Comments
General Comments: 
-Undercut/ steep banks with a lot of vegetation. Meadow has 4 foot vertical banks. -Bank stability: 4 if you do not count undercut banks with vegetation as unstable, 2 if you do count undercut banks with vegetation as unstable. -Lower ranger: deep 3' sinuous, vegetated riffle sections. Narrower channel than middle ranger. Standing water, pools, pans on majority of meadow. Overbank flooding on entirety of channel. -Middle ranger: shallower 2' straight, vegetated riffle sections. Wider than lower ranger. Extensive willow cover (15-20%). Water confined to channel without overbank flooding. Water on meadow surface more attributed to tributaries and slope groundwater seepage. -Hydrogeomorphic types present: riparian low gradient, riparian middle or high gradient (dependent on slope gradient), depressional seasonal.

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