Lower Lewistall Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Meadow Name: 
Lower Lewistall Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,618m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Moderately Impacted
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Slightly Impacted
Vegetation Cover: 
Moderately Impacted
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
15
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Comments on Restoration: 
-Wilderness setting: 6 mile hike in (+), 3-4 miles crosscountry without a trail. -Impacts localized within each of the three meadows. Work would be dispersed because the meadows are separated by forest.
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
1
Aspen Trees Present: 
No
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: 
3%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
8%
Comments
General Comments: 
- The three meadows were different than each other in scores, so our scorecard is a reflection of averaging the parameters. -The northernmost meadow had one 0-2 feet channel with lots of surface flow and one headcut. -The middle meadow had a deeply incised channel with a higher percent of encroachment and dry patches. Potentially use hand labor for check dams. The southernmost meadow was on a steep gradient with a deeply incised main channel on the east side and a huge gully on the west. -The northernmost meadow supported frogs. -The southernmost meadow had gopher activity. -The southernmost meadow had a dense thicket of willow lining the main channel on the meadow side. -The gully measurement (#3) for soil was on the meadow side. There was exposed dirt lining the entirety of the gully. It was not peat, just upland mineral dirt. -Hydrogeomorphic types present: discharge slope, riparian middle gradient, riparian high gradient.

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