Charlotte Lake Lower Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Meadow Name: 
Charlotte Lake Lower Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
3,140m
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Slightly Impacted
Gullies: 
Heavily Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Slightly Impacted
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
17
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
1
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%
Comments
General Comments: 
impacts localized to side channel gullies and conifer encroachment. gullies: Not sure if these are problem, or just drainage patterns through organic sphagnum layer. Most gullies are not cutting down to main channel-i.e. not a headcut. channels that don't reach main end in large pools. Some of these are unregulated, muddy pools. Located in located in hydrogeomorphic type: discharge slope Conifer encroachment: young conifers with similar age class. Not in center of meadow, but on south, SW, and north sides of meadow Sphagnum moss covers entire meadow, less at the bottom. See video. Peaty soils because of this moss. See aerial for meadow area assessed. We excluded upper finger portion that drains from charlotte lake because it is more of a riparian corridor, lots of conifers of same age class. This is likely encroachment. It's a steep gradient, and cascades into meadow proper. Successful historic re-take photos

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