Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20005

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 West Fisher Watershed Restoration
BPA Project Proposal Number 20005
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
USDA Forest Service, Kootenai National Forest - Libby Ranger District
Business acronym (if appropriate) USFS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Steve Wegner
Mailing Address 12557 Hwy 37 N
City, State, Zip Libby, MT 59923
Phone 4062935991
Fax 4062935758
E-mail swegner/
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
Short Description Enhancement of the West Fisher watershed will accomplish numerous goals towards the recovery of endangered species. The watershed is a priority bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout recovery basin in the middle Kootenai region. Grizzly bears, mule deer
Target Species Bull trout, Westslope Cutthroat trout, Torrent sculpin, Grizzly bear, Bald eagle, elk, and Mule deer

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: 2.2A - Support Native Species in Native Habitat 10.5 - Bull Trout Mitigation 11.2E - Wildlife Mitigation
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Bull Trout (62 FR 32268), Kootenai Forest Plan (6-1-85-F-010) Checkerboard Land Exchange (M.19 KNF (I))
Other Planning Document References USFWS Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan - Part 3 Cabinet/Yaak (1993) Montana Westslope Cutthroat - Threatened (6/98)

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

Year Accomplishment
1996 USFS acquired 21,422 acres in numerous watersheds, including the West Fisher to provide for recovery of the grizzly bear.
1997 USFS and PCTC complete 3,500 feet of stream channel stabilization to help lower fine sediment inputs and stabilize the channel at the major access road crossing.

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Land acquisition for grizzly bear recovery a. complete NEPA analysis for land exchange
2. Fine sediment reduction for native aquatic species habitat enhancement. a. Road obliteration
2. b. Stream channel stabilization
3. Forage/habitat enhancement a. Tree girdling for cavity habitat creation
3. b. ecosystem burning for forage production
4. Grizzly bear monitoring a. hair sampling/DNA analysis

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/00 09/01/03 Complete NEPA process for land exchange Yes in 2003 46.8%
2 06/01/00 09/01/02 Complete 15 miles of road obliteration Yes 12.0%
2 06/01/00 11/01/01 Complete stream channel stabilization projects Yes 1 in 2000 1 in 2001 37.7%
2 06/01/02 10/01/03 Complete 15 miles of road improvement work to reduce sediment sources Yes - later years  
3 10/01/01 09/01/03 Complete 800 acres of ecosystem burning, girdle/ innoculate 350 trees Yes - later years  
4 06/01/00 09/01/04 minimum number of bears in sampled area Yes - 2004 3.5%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Project CORs, 5 technicians $ 22,000
Fringe $ 0
Supplies $ 0
NEPA District NEPA team $ 88,000
Construction 1 stream channel stabilization project and complete 7 miles of road obliteration $125,000
Indirect Forest Service overhead $ 41,862
Other Contract preparation and administration, stream project design, lab fees, vehicle, wire, attractant $ 11,250
Total Itemized Budget $288,112

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $288,112
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $288,112
FY 2000 forecast from 1999 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Organization Item or service provided Amount Cash or In-Kind
USFS Facilities, supplies, materials, and computer support $ 50,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $261,000 $151,000 $ 25,000 $ 12,500
Total Outyear Budgets $261,000 $151,000 $ 25,000 $ 12,500

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Either an Environmental Analysis or EIS will be required for the land exchange objective. This process usually requires three years. The burning objective will be covered under a separate analysis. The stream channel work, tree girdling, and road objectives have been partially examined in other project documents but will require a decision memo to complete the work.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Yount , J. D., and G.J. Niemi. 1990. Recovery of Lotic communities and ecosystems from disturbance - a narrative review of case studies. Environmental Management 14: 547-570. Yes
USDA. 1995. Inland Native Fish Stragety - Recommendations for Habitat Components needed for the recovery of native species. Attachment A: 17pp. Yes
Reiter M. And L. Beschta. 1995. The effects of forest practices on water. COPE Report Volume 8, No.2: 11 pp. No
King, J.G., 1989. Streamflow responses to road building and harvesting: a comparision with the Equilavent Clearcut Area Procedure. USDA-Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. INT-401, 13 pp. Yes
Harper, R. M. And E. Lider, 1998. Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration at the watershed scale. Land and Water, May/June : 27-30. Yes
Rosgen, D.L. 1994. River Restoration Utilizing Natural Stability Concepts. Land and Water, July/August: 36-41. No
Rosgen, D.L. 1996. Applied River Morphology. Printed Media Companies, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 343 pp. Yes
USDA. 1996. Kootenai National Forest- Checkerboard Land Exchange- Final Environmental Impact Statement. 280 pp. No
USDA. 1987. Kootenai National Forest - Land and Resource Management Plan. Vol. 1. 210 pp. No
USFWS. 1993. Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. (Part 3 - Cabinet/Yaak), Missoula, MT. 181 pp. No
Waits, L. 1998. Molecular genetic applications for bear research. Inter. Conf. Bear Res. and Mang. Gatlinburg, TN. No
Kendall, K. Et. al. 1998. Using DNA to monitor bear populations in Glacier National Park. Inter Conf. Bear Res. and Mang. Gatlinburg, TN. No
Troendle, C. A. And W.K. Olsen. 1993. Potential effects of timber harvest and water management on streamflow dynamics and sediment transport. Sustainable ecological systems: implementing an ecological approach to land managemnet, July 12-15, Flagstaff, AZ No

Section 7. Abstract


The West Fisher watershed is located in the Kootenai subbasin of the upper Columbia subregion. Roading and mining began in the 1880's and culminated in the 1940's with 7 stamp mills in operation. In 1910, eighty percent of the watershed was impacted by intense wildfires. There have been 3 flood events (25 to 100 year return interval events) in the past decade in the watershed. The road system has experienced failures in the past seven years. The elevated sediment supplies have created a “press” disturbance regime (Yount & Niemei, 1990) to the aquatic ecosystem. The elevated water and sediment yields from cummulative harvest and roading disturbances has resulted in changes to channel morphology and stability. Channel surveys show that 45% of the sites do not meet the Inland Native Fish Stragety (USDA, 1995) recommendations for pool habitat and large woody debris concentrations. NPPC program measures 2.2A, 10.5, and 11.2E deal with the support of native species. FWS/NMFS biological opnions for Bull trout (62 FR 32268) and Grizzly bear (6-1-85-F-010) support actions for recovery of these species. The project includes approximately 15 miles each of road obliteration and road improvement work, two stream restoration projects, 800 acres of forage enhancement projects, and aquisition of approximately 3,500 acres. It is planned that all work can be accomplished in 5 years. Monitoring of redds, aquatic habitat components, instream sediment, and grizzly use (through DNA- hair analysis) will document progress towards project goals.

Reviews and Recommendations

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