General Information Project: SEKI Wilderness Meadows Scorecard AssessmentAssessment Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017Meadow Name: McGee CanyonMeadow Reference: UCDSNM005288Organization Affiliation: American RiversAssessment Completed: Yes General Characteristics Watershed: Upper San JoaquinElevation: 3,138mLand Ownership: Kings Canyon National ParkHydrogeomorphic Type: Riparian middle gradient Physical Condition Main Channel Bank Height: Slightly ImpactedGullies: Moderately ImpactedTotal Bank Stability: Slightly ImpactedVegetation Cover: Natural ConditionBare Ground: Natural ConditionEncroachment: Slightly ImpactedAssessment Points: 19 Restoration Efforts Restoration Efforts: NoComments on Restoration: -Wilderness setting: 15 mile hike and 2 miles off PCT. -Restoration would be in the side channel/ gullies in meadow #3,2, and 1. Also the top portion of meadow #4. Additional Observations Headcut Present: YesNumber of Headcuts: 9Aspen Trees Present: NoBeavers: NoFish Observed: Yes Grazing and Cattle Grazing Trails: NoStubble: NoDung in Channel: NoHoof 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: 0%Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 3% Comments General Comments: -Only scored 5 meadows: did not include transition/ riparian connections. -Confused about side channels vs gullies. Were deep side channels coming off hillsides and main channel count as gullies? Discontinuous gullies: how/ do they need measuring? -Meadow 4 upper section is dry, easily put check dam at top to rewet meadow surface. Large headcuts at bottom of top of the meadow. -Top meadow (#5) has similar vegetation cover and bank heights to #4. We read map incorrectly and took transect in #4 instead of #5. Meadow 5 doesn't need restoration - inundated entirely, large meandering channel that floods the meadow surface. -We decided to break up McGee into 5 different meadow sections and take notes/ do transects. The 5 sections were determined by flat meadow area. McGee is a steep canyon and we decided to assess the flat areas. - There were a ton of side channel/ gully-like channels throughout the system. If these do need fixing, then hand labor would be fine. If these are not gullies, then the fully score would be a 3. (We decided to score worst case scenario.) There might be so many deeper channels because it is steep terrain. -The main channel was mostly 1 channel, but was more braided in meadow #3. -Did 4 transects: there were 5 different flat meadow sections in McGee(#4 and 5 were very similar). Scored transects on 1,2,4. Hydrogeomorphic types present: riparian mid gradient, riparian low gradient, riparian high gradient, discharge slope.