General Information Project: SEKI Wilderness Meadows Scorecard AssessmentAssessment Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018Meadow Name: Middle Rattlesnake CanyonMeadow Reference: UCDSNM000897Organization Affiliation: American RiversAssessment Completed: Yes General Characteristics Watershed: Upper KernElevation: 2,895mLand Ownership: Sequoia National ParkHydrogeomorphic Type: Riparian low gradient Physical Condition Main Channel Bank Height: Moderately ImpactedGullies: Moderately ImpactedTotal Bank Stability: Natural ConditionVegetation Cover: Natural ConditionBare Ground: Natural ConditionEncroachment: Moderately ImpactedAssessment Points: 10 Restoration Efforts Restoration Efforts: YesComments on Restoration: 2 check dams, non-functional Additional Observations Headcut Present: YesNumber of Headcuts: 2Aspen Trees Present: NoBeavers: NoFish Observed: Yes Grazing and Cattle Grazing Trails: NoStubble: NoDung in Channel: YesHoof Prints on Banks: Yes Human Impacts Trail: YesEvidence of OHV use: NoRoad: NoCorral: NoBuilding: NoVehical Access: No Adjacent Land Use Adjacent Culvert: YesAdjacent Bridge: YesAdjacent Road: YesAdjacent Building: Yes Coverage Gopher Disturbance: 0%Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 0% Comments General Comments: No water in late August. Gullies: concentrated in lowest meadow section. Dully 2 has check dams. Sully 1 originates in meadow with sm swales. connects to main channel. Gully 2 originates near remnant trail. Looks actively eroding. chunks of bare soil and sediment in channel. Gully 3 originates in same area, runs parallel to gully 2. Headcut 2 is beginning of gully. Threatening half of lower meadow section Headcuts: 1 headcut starts gully 3, pother headcut in gully 2 Encroachment: historic photos indicate increased encroachment after 1996. Encroachment mainly in lower and upper meadow sections. Small ~1-25 ft tall conifers. See photo MG iphone@ 8:55. Middle meadow very moist end of august-peaty, mossy substrate with pooling water on surface. Seems like grazing here is a bad idea. Easily trampled by stock.