General Information Project: SEKI Wilderness Meadows Scorecard AssessmentAssessment Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017Meadow Name: Ranger MeadowsMeadow Reference: UCDSNM002223Organization Affiliation: American RiversAssessment Completed: Yes General Characteristics Watershed: Upper KingElevation: 2,679mLand Ownership: Kings Canyon National ParkHydrogeomorphic Type: Riparian low gradient Physical Condition Main Channel Bank Height: Moderately ImpactedGullies: Slightly ImpactedTotal Bank Stability: Natural ConditionVegetation Cover: Slightly ImpactedBare Ground: Natural ConditionEncroachment: Slightly ImpactedAssessment Points: 19 Restoration Efforts Restoration Efforts: NoComments 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: YesNumber of Headcuts: 1Aspen Trees Present: YesBeavers: NoFish Observed: Yes Grazing and Cattle Grazing Trails: NoStubble: NoDung in Channel: NoHoof Prints on Banks: No Human Impacts Trail: YesEvidence of OHV use: NoRoad: NoCorral: NoBuilding: NoVehical Access: No Adjacent Land Use Adjacent Culvert: NoAdjacent Bridge: NoAdjacent Road: NoAdjacent 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.