Lower Paradise Valley Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Meadow Name: 
Lower Paradise Valley Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,011m
Hydrogeomorphic Type: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Moderately Impacted
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Slightly Impacted
Bare Ground: 
Slightly Impacted
Encroachment: 
Slightly Impacted
Assessment Points: 
17
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Comments on Restoration: 
Did not relocate historic check dams, thick/tall veg and lots of sand deposition (likely buried)
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
1
Aspen Trees Present: 
Yes
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: 
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: 
8%
Comments
General Comments: 
Swale: average dimensions:5-6' wide, 2'deep, worst dimensions: 10' wide, 4' deep, swales not measured as gully because can't measure bankful, no hydrologuc indicators., deepest point in swale is greater than 4' Vegetation: Dominated by cottonwood, willow, aspen, fern. Conifers (fir, lodgepole, cedar) sparsely disbursed through meadow, very few new recruits. conifers appear to be same age class (older). Could not definitively relocate aspen in historic photos. no corn lily observed at all => removal (from historic record) effective. Hydrology: On inside bend of large River (S fork kings); lots of sand/bare ground in meadow likely because of flooding deposition. Swale ditch feature starts at pond at bottom of meadow and flows through 3/4 of meadow and exits in cutoff oxbow bend (old channel) at top of meadow. Unclear if this is a natural/harmful/etc feature or not. Numerous downed trees in meadow. Strange topography in meadow-numerous small depressions and lumps

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