Sod Hole Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Friday, July 20, 2018
Meadow Name: 
Sod Hole Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
3,220m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Slightly Impacted
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Natural Condition
Assessment Points: 
21
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Comments on Restoration: 
Historic records indicates trail used to go through meadow, and later rerouted. Didn't see any evidence of old trail.
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: 
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
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
5%
Comments
General Comments: 
Impact: gullies: 2 gullies total length equals half of meadow length. See gully measurements for depth and aerial for region, gullies cutting through possible peat layer, veg in impacted area was drier-shooting stars, Noticeable transition to this drier veg than the west of the meadow. Headcut: see measurements. Beginning of 1 of the gullies. Appears to have migrated ~1/4 meadow length. Gullies stop: channel becomes same elevation as meadow surface after aerial dotted line region/as it approaches lake edge. Vegetation: Mossy carpet vegetation background underneath short alpine carex dominated veg-> not picked up in veg. transects, Meadow near lake (lacustrine fringe), very messy and had multiple large pools of water. Braided channels mixed with pools at lakes edge. Successful retake of historic photos. Main channel has short region of incision, sandwiched by 5-6'' healthy channel depth. Not sure if this is worth addressing because it's a short section/ could be natural.

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