McCoy Flat Assessment

General Information
Project: 
Assessment Date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Meadow Name: 
McCoy Flat
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
1,643m
Slope: 
0.0ยบ
Land Ownership: 
Physical Condition
Gullies: 
Moderately Impacted
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Natural Condition
Assessment Points: 
15
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
1
Ponds Present: 
No
Aspen Trees Present: 
Yes
Beavers: 
Yes
Fish Observed: 
No
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: 
Yes
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: 
4%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
0%
Comments
General Comments: 
The meadow has no channel. There are low depressional areas that have signs of water and different veg type from the sage dominated higher areas. There is a headcut close to where the meadow connected to Pine Creek. The headcut is unstable and about 2 feet high and 12 feet wide. There is sand deposited in the area below the headcut. The headcut threatens most of the meadow up from it. It would be simple to fix. There are some aspens in the area that have been fenced to prevent beaver damage. Pine Creek through McCoy is incised. An inset floodplain with series of vegetated bars is established and has silt and debris deposited on top. Ripple marks suggest deposition was this year. Sandhill cranes foraging in sagebrush. This score is for the meadow area to the west and south. One could say there is a meadow in the Pine Creek channel, but to us it seems to be vegetated banks and bars.

Images

Photo by: Maxwell Odland
Photo by: Maxwell Odland
Photo by: Maxwell Odland
Photo by: Maxwell Odland
Photo by: Maxwell Odland
Photo by: Maxwell Odland