Upper Darwin Pockets Upper Colby Meadows #2 Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Meadow Name: 
Upper Darwin Pockets Upper Colby Meadows #2
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,967m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Slightly Impacted
Gullies: 
Slightly Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Slightly Impacted
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Moderately Impacted
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
17
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
Yes
Comments on Restoration: 
-Wilderness setting: 15 mile hike. Close/ along trail. (PCT). -Impacts localized in southern meadow sections. Hand labor might be tricky. Channel is also deep-ish 2-3.5ft and had steep banks. Hand labor with check dams.
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
3
Ponds Present: 
No
Aspen Trees Present: 
No
Beavers: 
No
Fish Observed: 
Yes
Grazing and Cattle
Grazing Trails: 
No
Stubble: 
No
Dung in Channel: 
Yes
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: 
0%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
1%
Comments
General Comments: 
-Northernmost meadow is in good condition. Conifer encroachment is bad in southern meadows, hand labor possible to cut them down. -Check historic photos for historic meadow area. -Check dams observed. -Most northern meadow assessed has shallow (0-1ft) channel along western border. Lower transect does not go through channel. -Channel height score: Northernmost meadow had a very shallow channel. Southernmost meadows had channel of 2-3.5ft throughout. Score is an average of these meadows. -Hydrogeomorphic types present: riparian low gradient, discharge slope.

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