Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20007

Proposal Table of Contents

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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 Acquire and Conserve Priority Bull Trout Habitat in Trestle Creek Watershed
BPA Project Proposal Number 20007
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
River Network
Business acronym (if appropriate)

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Hugh Zackheim
Mailing Address River Network, 44 N. Last Chance Gulch
City, State, Zip Helena, MT 59601
Phone 4064424777
Fax 4064428883
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Inter-Mountain
Subbasin Pend Oreille
Short Description Purchase conservation easements and/or fee interests on 800 acres of private land in the watershed of Trestle Creek, a crucial bull trout spawning and rearing stream in the Lake Pend Oreille Basin, Bonner County, Idaho
Target Species Bull trout

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: 10.5, 10.5A.5
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Bull Trout Biological Opinion (Listing: "Threatened")
Other Planning Document References 1. Lake Pend Oreille Key Watershed: Bull Trout Problem Assessment 2. Idaho Bull Trout Conservation Plan

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. Establish property-specific conservation objectives for the private lands in the Trestle Creek watershed a. Develop land ownership data base and maps
1. b. Coordinate with Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game and Forest Service to identify priority conservation properties and to determine desired land-use/ownership outcomes
2. Negotiate conservation acquisitions a. Determine properties for sale, contract for appraisal information and enter negotiations with landowners
2. b. For not-for-sale properties, inform landowners about conservation easements as a financial incentive to participate in bull trout conservation
2. c. Contract for appraisal information and negotiate conservation easements with interested landowners, in cooperation w/IDFG
3. Secure adequate funding to carry out the acquisition projects a. Seek additional acquisition funding as necessary to supplement BPA dollars. Potential partners include Washington Water Power (through WWP hydro relicensing/mitigation program), Forest Service, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and State of Idaho
4. Secure permanent protection for approximately 500 acres of private land in the Trestle Creek watershed through conservation easements and fee acquisitions a. Complete FY2000 conservation acquisitions by closing the purchases of fee lands and conservation easements
4. b. Transfer purchased lands to Forest Service and transfer conservation easements to IDFG or private land trust
5. Secure permanent protection as much as possible of the remaining 500 acres of unprotected private land in the Trestle Creek watershed through conservation easements and fee acquisitions a. Complete FY2001 conservation acquisitions by closing the purchases of fee lands and conservation easements
5. b. Transfer purchased lands to Forest Service and transfer conservation easements to IDFG or private land trust

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/99 06/01/99 0.0%
2 06/01/99 06/01/00 20.0%
3 03/01/99 12/01/99 0.0%
4 01/01/00 09/01/00 50% of Trestle Creek private land conserved 80.0%
5 10/01/00 09/01/01 Remaining Trestle Cr. projects concluded 0.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel 1/6 time of River Network's Northern Rockies Office director $ 8,500
Fringe calculated at 22% $ 1,870
Supplies $ 0
Capital Purchase of land and conservation easements $250,000
Travel $ 3,000
Subcontractor Property appraisals $ 10,000
Subcontractor Land ownership research & mapping $ 3,000
Total Itemized Budget $276,370

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $276,370
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $276,370
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
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Capital funds for land/ easement acquisitions (requested) $100,000 unknown
Washington Water Power Capital funds for land/ easement acquisitions (to be requested) $100,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

All Phases $475,000
Total Outyear Budgets $475,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: There are strong indications of landowner interest in participating in a program of conservation acquisitions (some fee and some easement). However, participation will be on a willing-seller basis, so conservation acreage targets might not be achieved.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Panhandle Bull Trout Technical Advisory Team. 1998. Lake Pend Oreille key watershed: bull trout problem assessment (June 1998 draft). Lake Pend Oreille Watershed Advisory Group and Idaho Division of Environmental Quality, Boise, Idaho. Yes
USDA Forest Service. 1993. Trestle Creek watershed improvement environmental assessment. Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Sandpoint RD, Sandpoint, Idaho. Yes
State of Idaho. 1997. Bull trout conservation plan. Idaho Division of Environmental Quality, Boise, Idaho. No
Horner, N., et al. 1997. Panhandle regional fisheries management investigations -- job performance report; federal aid in fisheries restoration. Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game, Boise, Idaho. No
Idaho FPA. 1994. Site-specific forestry best management practices for Trestle Creek watershed. Idaho Forest Practices Act rules, Idaho Dept. of Lands, Boise, Idaho. No

Section 7. Abstract


Trestle Creek is recognized as one of the most important bull trout spawning streams in the Pacific Northwest, hosting an annual run of 500-1,000 fish, representing 30-50% of the adult spawners from Lake Pend Oreille. A comprehensive bull trout “problem assessment” cited residential development as the primary threat to the integrity of the Trestle Creek watershed and its continued suitability for bull trout. River Network proposes to undertake a targeted program for purchasing fee title and conservation easements to prevent subdivision and development of private lands in the Trestle Creek watershed. River Network will coordinate with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game and the Forest Service to identify the key private inholdings and establish property-specific conservation objectives. River Network anticipates completing about 500 acres of conservation acquisitions in FY2000, and the remaining acquisitions in FY2001. Three factors suggest a high probability of success for this project: (1) private lands comprise only about 1,000 acres in this primarily national forest drainage; (2) numbers of private landowners are limited (about 25); and (3) Trestle Creek landowners are supportive of bull trout conservation. Results will be evaluated through quarterly meetings with IDFG, comparing conservation acreage achieved with targets. Overall, this project will secure crucial habitat for the threatened bull trout and thus meet the objectives of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (Section 10.5 – Bull Trout Mitigation) which directs that, after studies and evaluations, “on-the-ground projects [should be] identified and implemented as soon as possible to address the needs of this species.”

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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