Upper Paradise Valley Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Meadow Name: 
Upper Paradise Valley Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,024m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Moderately Impacted
Gullies: 
Natural Condition
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Slightly Impacted
Bare Ground: 
Slightly Impacted
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
18
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Comments on Restoration: 
Could not relocate check dams; likely buried under sand and tall veg, no clear channel
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
No
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: 
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: 
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.

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