Ranz Dry Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Meadow Name: 
Ranz Dry Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Elevation: 
1,930m
Land Ownership: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Natural Condition
Secondary Channel Bank Height: 
Natural Condition
Gullies: 
Slightly Impacted
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Secondary Channel Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Slightly Impacted
Bare Ground: 
Heavily Impacted
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
25
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
No
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
Yes
Number of Headcuts: 
2
Ponds Present: 
No
Aspen Trees Present: 
No
Beavers: 
No
Fish Observed: 
Yes
Grazing and Cattle
Grazing Trails: 
No
Stubble: 
Yes
Dung in Channel: 
Yes
Hoof Prints on Banks: 
No
Human Impacts
Trail: 
No
Evidence of OHV use: 
No
Road: 
Yes
Corral: 
Yes
Building: 
No
Vehical Access: 
Yes
Adjacent Land Use
Adjacent Culvert: 
No
Adjacent Bridge: 
No
Adjacent Road: 
Yes
Adjacent Building: 
Yes
Coverage
Gopher Disturbance: 
9%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
20%
Surveyors
Meg Hanley
Comments
General Comments: 
- Meadow areas are non-contiguous - Eastern meadow section/stringer is most meadow-like and largest. It is wet along channel (main channel) and is private in its uppermost reaches. The private section has a cattle enclosure, with stubble and dung. Part of the lower eastern stringer also has fencing - unclear whether remnant fencing of if section is also private. - Below the upper eastern stringer private land, meadow vegetation area becomes narrower moving down channel until pinched by natural, sloped embankments - Western stringer has a slightly inset floodplain along secondary channel with a terrace slightly above it. The terrace has meadow vegetation, though is quite dry. - The Little Truckee River runs along the northern delineation of the meadow and has terraces and riparian vegetation. Some meadow vegetation, but only in small swaths. Dry. - 89 runs along the eastern delineation of the meadow - Delineated area is partially private, partially forest land, partially TNC. The boundaries are unclear from signage/ground truthing.

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