McGee Canyon Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Meadow Name: 
McGee Canyon
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
3,138m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Slightly Impacted
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Slightly Impacted
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Slightly Impacted
Assessment Points: 
19
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Comments 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: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
9
Aspen Trees Present: 
No
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: 
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: 
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.

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