Alder Creek Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Meadow Name: 
Alder Creek Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
1,757m
Slope: 
6.9º
Land Ownership: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Heavily Impacted
Secondary Channel Bank Height: 
Natural Condition
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Moderately Impacted
Secondary Channel Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Slightly Impacted
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
23
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
7
Aspen Trees Present: 
No
Beavers: 
Yes
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: 
Yes
Road: 
No
Corral: 
No
Building: 
No
Vehical Access: 
Yes
Adjacent Land Use
Adjacent Culvert: 
No
Adjacent Bridge: 
No
Adjacent Road: 
Yes
Adjacent Building: 
No
Coverage
Gopher Disturbance: 
1%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
10%
Surveyors
Meg Hanley
Jacob Dyste
Comments
General Comments: 
- Series of dams in upper south section of meadow, effectively raising water table & killing conifer - Meadow is at the top of Prosser Reservoir - Reservoir is currently very low - Extensive beaver activity with deep pools in upper meadow - Lower meadow below beaver has heavy conifer and sage brush along edges of deeply incised channel - Difficult to determine influence of reservoir on meadow - Channel in good condition is not the main meadow channel and could become incised as headcuts move up it.

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