Upper Independence Creek Meadow Assessment

General Information
Assessment Date: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Meadow Name: 
Upper Independence Creek Meadow
Meadow Reference: 
Organization Affiliation: 
Assessment Completed: 
Yes
General Characteristics
Watershed: 
Land Ownership: 
Physical Condition
Main Channel Bank Height: 
Natural Condition
Gullies: 
Natural Condition
Total Bank Stability: 
Natural Condition
Vegetation Cover: 
Natural Condition
Bare Ground: 
Natural Condition
Encroachment: 
Moderately Impacted
Assessment Points: 
22
Restoration Efforts
Restoration Efforts: 
Yes
Comments on Restoration: 
- Bank Stabilization & Lahontan Cutthroat Trout weir
Additional Observations
Headcut Present: 
No
Aspen Trees Present: 
Yes
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: 
No
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: 
2%
Willow, Alder, and Aspen Coverage: 
60%
Surveyors
Meg Hanley
Jacob Dyste
Comments
General Comments: 
- Lahontan cutthroat trout spawning ground above Indpendence Lake - Main meadow isn't on Upper Independence Creek, rather is south of the creek. Along the creek is a riparian corridor with some bank instability which is being addressed via restoration - Part of Independence Lake Preserve (TNC & TDLT) - Lots of willow. - Some conifer encroachment

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