General Information Project: SEKI Wilderness Meadows Scorecard AssessmentAssessment Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018Meadow Name: Upper Paradise Valley MeadowMeadow Reference: UCDSNM003016Organization Affiliation: American RiversAssessment Completed: Yes General Characteristics Watershed: Upper KingElevation: 2,024mLand Ownership: Kings Canyon National ParkHydrogeomorphic Type: Riparian low gradient Physical Condition Main Channel Bank Height: Moderately ImpactedGullies: Natural ConditionTotal Bank Stability: Natural ConditionVegetation Cover: Slightly ImpactedBare Ground: Slightly ImpactedEncroachment: Moderately ImpactedAssessment Points: 18 Restoration Efforts Restoration Efforts: NoComments on Restoration: Could not relocate check dams; likely buried under sand and tall veg, no clear channel Additional Observations Headcut Present: NoAspen Trees Present: NoBeavers: NoFish Observed: No Grazing and Cattle Grazing Trails: NoStubble: NoDung in Channel: NoHoof Prints on Banks: No Human Impacts Trail: YesEvidence of OHV use: NoRoad: NoCorral: NoBuilding: NoVehical Access: No Adjacent Land Use Adjacent Culvert: NoAdjacent Bridge: NoAdjacent Road: NoAdjacent Building: No Coverage Gopher Disturbance: 0%Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 2% Comments General Comments: Conifer encroachment in dry/sandy north section of meadow In general, we thought the delineated polygon was not representative of the meadow area/size. The delineated polygon was the largest concentration of gramminoids. There are large washed of sand through the meadow. These originate from the steep walls. The sediment spreads through the meadow surface for ~100'. sand deposition occurs at the mouth of this side channel; the 100' could be plugged by man, but we think the fallen logs and deposition of sand make the threats of this 100' negligible. many large sand bars in meadow -> research whether good/bad? Large gravel/sand wash on north end of meadow appears recent (2017 floods?); covering young trees, carex emerging through sand in some places. Fire came through meadow-lots of downed charred logs and snags. Vegetation: Same dominant yellow forbe as lower paradise valley; same bracken ferns, very tall cornlily throughout( even in wast red polygon), conifer encroachment localized in northern section of meadow. Appear Fairly young, Most appear unhealthy with brown needles. Whitethorn along trail on upland area abovemeadow; not yet encroaching, very tall sedges dominate red polygon wet meadow area.