Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9124

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 Purchase Conservation Easement from Plum Creek Timber
BPA Project Proposal Number 9124
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
Short Description Purchase perpetual conservation easement or similar agreement on thousands of acres of Plum Creek Timber Company (PCTC) lands in Thompson and Fisher River basins which precludes subdivision/commercial developmentsā€¦
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): resident

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Obtain appropriate authorities and permissions to proceed a. Obtain MFWP Commission preliminary approval to proceed, granted Sept. 1997
. b. Confirmation from PCTC indicating desire to proceed, received Sept. 1997
2. Complete Project Scoping and Preliminary Planning a. MFWP/PCTC meet to outline general process, timetables, and generally agreed upon goals.
. b. Meet with County Commissioners, key organizations, federal & state agencies, citizen organizations, and others to describe proposed project and solicit issues
. c. Agree to appraisal method, funding, and time-frame
3. Develop Proposed Action and Alternatives a. Compile list of issues/publics from scoping process
. b. Address issues by developing proposed action and alternatives
3. Complete all NEPA/MEPA requirements a. Select staff/subcontractor to Draft EA or EIS per NEPA/MEPA requirements
. b. Complete draft management and monitoring plans and send out to all publics for review
. c. Hold public meetings/open houses to explain project and obtain input
. d. Incorporate comments and release Final EA/EIS and Draft Decision Notice
. e. Draft legal documents for review by all signing parties
5. Obtain necessary funding and final authorities to complete proposed project a. Secure funding commitments from all cooperators (e.g. BPA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Trout Unlimited, others)
. b. Submit final proposed project to MFWP Commission, PCTC Board of Directors and Montana Land Board for approvals
. c. Finalize legal documents
. d. Sign and record final agreement
. e. Sign and record final agreement
6. Monitor compliance and effectiveness of final agreement. a. MFWP responsible according to agreed upon Management Plan.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 07/01/97 12/01/97 0.0%
2 09/01/97 03/01/98 0.0%
3 04/01/98 07/01/98 0.0%
4 08/01/98 06/01/99 0.0%
5 08/01/98 09/01/99 33.0%
5 10/01/99 09/01/00 34.0%
5 10/01/01 09/01/01 33.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Capital $2,000,000
Subcontractor $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $2,000,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $2,000,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $2,000,000
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
All Phases $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Total Outyear Budgets $2,000,000 $2,000,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: This proposal recognizes that both MFWP and PCTC could terminate discussion and negotiation of this proposed project at any time. MFWP believes this project has a moderate to high chance of successful completion. This proposal also recognizes that the cost of this project is high and could fail for lack of sufficient funds. MFWP has allocated up to $6 million from the Wildlife Mitigation Trust Fund to use as seed money to leverage additional funds. If BPA Fisheries Mitigation Program matches this amount, then the project has an increased probability of success. Total costs are unknown at this time but could range from $12 to $30 million depending on project size and terms. We have the opportunity to reduce the size of this project to match available funds. Other funding sources including: private foundations and other organizations or other public funds such as Habitat Montana (MFWP?s wildlife habitat conservation fund) federal or stateside Land and Water Conservation Funds, Montana coal tax fund, etc. MFWP and PCTC would like to complete this conservation easement by the end of FY 1999. If negotiations break down or if any party withdraws from the process, there would be no need for these funds. If negotiations take longer than expected or the project is divided into phases of implementation, the same amount of funds might be needed over a longer period of time perhaps out to 2005.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The project seeks $6 million in capital funding to combine with Montana?s Wildlife Mitigation Program to provide seed money to leverage additional funds from other public and private sources to undertake one of the largest conservation projects in Montana. Project costs may range between $12 and $30 million depending on project size and terms. Planning costs for this agreement will be covered by existing MFWP budgets. The goal is to complete a conservation agreement with PCTC on approximately 70,000-150,000 acres of their lands within the Thompson River and Fisher River drainages (Fig. 1) before PCTC initiates efforts to sell these lands for other uses. The objectives are to (in perpetuity): restrict subdivision/commercial development; ensure long-term maintenance/enhancement of native fish species habitats; allow for the restoration of streambank/hydrology; allow for continued management of timber resources consistent with these objectives; and provide associated recreational opportunities. The 1994 Fish and Wildlife Program Plan and amendments emphasize coordination of Fisheries and Wildlife Mitigation Programs as well as restoration and enhancement of native resident fish species habitats. The Montana Wildlife Mitigation Program also emphasizes the role of partnerships to facilitate biologically sound and cost-effective partnerships in completing wildlife mitigation goals (Bissell 1996, Wood 1997). MFWP would negotiate terms, complete the NEPA/MEPA processes, coordinate with groups, and ultimately hold and monitor the agreement. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has agreed to facilitate this acquisition process. The project officially began with FWP Commission?s ?preliminary approval to proceed?, in September 1997. Coordination, appraisals, negotiations, and public review processes are expected to continue into 1999. Authorities to complete the project should be obtained by 9/30/99. MFWP would accept all monitoring responsibility. A joint monitoring plan between the Wildlife and Fisheries divisions would be developed over the next year.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

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