Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9116

Proposal Table of Contents

Additional Documents

Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Objectives, tasks and schedules
Section 5. Budget
Section 6. References
Section 7. Abstract

Reviews and Recommendations
Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Rasor Ranch Acquisition/Crab Creek Watershed Restoration Project
BPA Project Proposal Number 9116
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Columbia National Refuge
Business acronym (if appropriate) USFWS, CNWS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Greg Hughes
Mailing Address 735 East Main St., P.O. Drawer F
City, State, Zip Othello, WA 99344
Phone 5094882668
Fax 5094880705
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Upper Columbia Mainstem
Short Description Protect and enhance the Crab Creek watershed and its fish, wildlife, water, archaelogical, geological and educational resources through partnerships, acquisition, and management of the 4,285 acre Rasor Ranch.
Target Species

Project Location

[No information]

Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

Sponsor-Reported Relevant RPAs

Sponsor listed no RPAs for this project proposal

Relevant RPAs based upon NMFS & BPA Review

NMFS and BPA did not associate any reasonable and prudent alternatives with this project proposal

NPPC Program Measure Number(s) which this project addresses:
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References

CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): wildlife

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
See Section 7 under rationale and significance No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Acquire Rasor Ranch a. Obtain funding (1,660.82 acres)
. b. Purchase
2. Evaluate conditions a. Conduct iventories: instream, riparian, upland vegetation, noxious weeds
. b. Complete evaluation reports
3. Develop restoration plans a. Work with USBR, NRCS, WDFW, DU and other appropriate local, state and federal entities
. b. Wetland Restoration Plan
. c. Riparian restoration plan
. d. Upland restoration plan
4. Implement restoration projects a. Implement above plans
. b. Manage as part of CNWR

Objective Schedules and Costs

n/a or no information

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $ 25,000
Capital Purchase 1660.82 acres of shrub-steppe ($350K); restoration ($400K) $750,000
Subcontractor U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; U.S.D.A. Natural Res. Cons. Service; Ducks Unlimited Inc.; Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $775,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $775,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $775,000
FY 1999 forecast from 1998 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Not applicable

Outyear Budget Totals

2000 2001 2002 2003
All Phases $200,000 $200,000 $ 75,000 $ 75,000
Total Outyear Budgets $200,000 $200,000 $ 75,000 $ 75,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: NRCS purchases easement from private landowner; then USBR purchases land with and without easement from land owner; then BPA purchases land and USFWS manages the land and works with NRCS and DU to restore wetland, riparian, and upland habitats.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The USFWS is proposing to acquire the remaining shrub-steppe uplands of the Rasor Ranch under a cooperative effort with NRCS, USBR and DU. The purchase would link WDFW and USFWS lands to the west with USFWS lands to the east and include approximately 5 miles of Lower Crab Creek stream bottom and adjacent riparian and upland habitats within the Crab Creek Watersheed. Objectives would include: the removal of farming and livestock operations from damaged wetland, riparian, and upland areas, wetland, riparian and upland restoration, noxious weed control, fencing and compatible wildlife oriented public use and education. BPA watershed funds in conjunction with BPA wildlife funds would be used for partial purchase, restoration, and future outyear funding The project will benefit a rich and diverse group of fish, wildlife and plant species. The Crab Creek watershed supplies habitats for at least 20 animal and plant species that are listed as sensitive, threatened, or endangered. The property provides important migratory waterfowl, shorebird and other migratory bird habitats as well as year-round habitats for resident fish and wildlife species. Currently the stream suffers from the effects of dredging and channelization and the adjacent wetlands suffer from draining for and from agricultural practices. The uplands suffer from grazing impacts. Retiring this land from farming and grazing, and restoration of the wetland, riparian and upland habitats will be an instrumental first step in restoring this property and the Lower Crab Creek Watershed. Previous enhancement activities by NRCS, USFWS, WDFW, USBR and DU indicates that the watershed responds well to treatment and this property could be restored within two years for the wetland/riparian habitats and within 3-5 years for the upland component. A baseline evaluation should be accomplished within the first season and monitoring should be easily accomplished following restoration activities.

Reviews and Recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

This project has not yet been reviewed

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