Big Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Meadow Name: 
Big Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
2,279m
Land Ownership: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Moderately Impacted
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Moderately Impacted
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Slightly Impacted
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
Yes
Comments on Restoration: 
There is some electric fence around the riparian area but it doesn't appear to be working.
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
No
Number of Headcuts: 
0
Ponds Present: 
No
Aspen Trees Present: 
Yes
Beavers: 
Yes
Fish Observed: 
Yes
Grazing and Cattle
Grazing Trails: 
Yes
Stubble: 
Yes
Dung in Channel: 
Yes
Hoof Prints on Banks: 
Yes
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: 
2%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
15%
Surveyors
Jacob Dyste
Comments
General Comments: 
There is a beaver dam at the very bottom of the meadow. The meadow looks health right above the dam but it would be a huge issue if the dam blew out. The road to this meadow is really rough, not sure you could drive there, its more of a trail. The meadow is heavily impacted by grazing. There are a lot of confusing forest boundry signs, not sure if there are private in holdings. Electric fence is not operating and the batteries were leaking acid.