Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20028

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 Company along Fisher River
BPA Project Proposal Number 20028
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz, Scott Snelson
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 2000
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
Short Description Purchase perpetual conservation easement on up to 73,000 acres of PCTC lands in Fisher River watershed which precludes subdivision/commercial developments; conserves/enhances fish habitat, maintains public recreational opportunities, and insures continue
Target Species bull trout, interior red-band rainbow trout, westslope cutthroat trout, burbot, other native fish, mule deer, elk, white-tailed deer, moose, black bear and riparian associated 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: 10.1, 10.2A, 10.3B.11, 11.1, 11.2C, 11.2D, 11.2E
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Bull Trout Listing Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Interior Redband Trout Recovery Actions
Other Planning Document References 1. Fisheries Mitigation and Implementation Plan for Losses Attributable to the Construction and Operation of Libby Dam (MFWP, CSKT, and Kootenai Tribes of Idaho, 1997); 2. Bull Trout Restoration Plan for Montana (Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team 1998); 3. Montana Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration Plan (Montana Westslope Cutthroat Restoration Team, In Prep.) 4. Hungry Horse Dam Fisheries Mitigation Implementation Plan (MFWP & CSKT 1993); 5. Proposed Thompson and Fisher Rivers conservation project summary for Libby and Hungry Horse wildlife mitigation. October 1998. 6. Stream Protection Act of 1963. Supported by Montana’s Wildlife Mitigation Advisory Committee (at Sept. 1997 meeting); Approval to proceed by MFWP Commission, Sept. 9-10, 1998; Letter of support from Governor Marc Racicot to PCTC Vice President Charles Grenier, dated December 10, 1996. MOU with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to help facilitate this project (May 20, 1998). County Commissioners for Lincoln county expressed verbal support during fall 1997. Additional coordination and/or potential financial partners may include: Lincoln County Conservation District, Lincoln County Commission, Natural Resources and Conservation Service, Kootenai National Forest; US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS); Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; local and statewide sport and conservation organizations

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
1998 Fisheries conservation easements included in Libby Fisheries Mitigation Plan

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8648701 Montana Focus Watershed - Flathead Similar activities in Flathead watershed No
9404900 Kootenai River Ecosystem Improvements Study (KTOI)(IDFG) Ecosystem function No
9101903 Hungry Horse Reservoir Mitigation Parallel project in Flathead watershed No
3874700 Streamnet GIS Unit Provide GIS support and analysis No
9608720 Montana Focus Watershed - Kootenai System (KR) Yes
9401000 Excessive Drawdown Mitigation Program (EDDM)-Libby Reservoir Component Yes
20517 Libby Mitigation Program Yes
8346700 Kootenai IFIM/Libby Mitigation Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Develop easement terms and cost estimates. a. Select appraisers, approve methods, complete a certified appraisal
1. b. Negotiate conservation easement terms with PCTC to protect native fish species and their habitat
2. Complete all NEPA/MEPA requirements a. Draft EA or EIS per NEPA/MEPA requirements
2. b. Complete draft management and monitoring plans and submit for public review
2. c. Hold public meetings/open houses to explain project and obtain input
2. d. Incorporate comments and release Final EA/EIS and Decision Notice
2. e. Draft legal documents for review by all signing parties
3. Obtain funding and final authorities to complete proposed project a. Secure funding commitments from all cooperators.
3. b. Submit final project to MFWP Comm., PCTC Board of Directors and Montana Land Board for approvals
3. c. Finalize legal documents
3. d. Sign and record final agreement
3. e. Complete baseline inventory & reports
4. Monitor compliance and biological 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 10/01/98 12/31/99 Terms that provide biological benefits Draft Terms 0.0%
2 07/01/99 12/01/99 Evaluate biol. benefits and environmental impacts Complete EA 0.0%
3 10/01/99 09/30/00 Purchase easement Record fisheries easement  
4 09/30/00 Annual monitor fish & wildlife pops., habitat & compliance with terms. Annual Monitor rep. 0.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 0
Fringe $ 0
Supplies $ 0
Capital $500,000
Total Itemized Budget $500,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $500,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $500,000
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
MFWP (Wildlife Mitigation Trust Fund) Acquisition and planning costs $3,250,000 unknown
Other partners or subsequent years Acquisition costs $6,250,000 unknown
BPA Fish Mitigation Acquisition costs $500,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Either MFWP or PCTC could terminate discussion and negotiation of this project at any time. However, MFWP believes this project has an excellent chance of success. 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 $3,250,000 from the Wildlife Mitigation Trust Fund to use as seed money to leverage additional funds. If BPA Fisheries Mitigation Program provides $500,000 up front (and a possibility of using other fiscal-year-end dollars when available), then the project has an increased probability of success. Total costs are unknown at this time but could range up to $10,000,000 depending on project size and terms. We have the opportunity to reduce the project scope to match available funds. However, fund-raising will allow completion of a larger, biologically more meaningful project. Other possible funding sources include: private organizations or other public funds such as MFWP’s wildlife habitat conservation fund, etc. This proposal seeks no additional administrative or operations/maintenance funds from BPA. Administrative needs will be met by the Fisheries Mitigation Program Officer (Brian Marotz) and by the Focus Watershed Coordinator for the Kootenai River (Scott Snelson). These individuals, along with review and input from BPA’s fisheries contracting officer, will provide critical input into the development and implementation of this project. MFWP and PCTC plan to complete this conservation easement by the end of FY 2000. If negotiations break down or if either party withdraws from the process, there would be no need for these funds.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Bissell, G. 1996. Hungry Horse and Libby Riparian/Wetland Habitat Conservation Implementation Plan. MFWP, Kalispell, Montana. No
Bonneville Power Administration and State of Montana 1988. Wildlife Mitigation Agreement for Libby and Hungry Horse Dams between Bonneville Power Administration and the State of Montana. DE-MS79-89BP92755 No
Chisholm, I.M. and J.J. Fraley. 1986. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries. Annual report. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration by MFWP. Kalispell, Montana. Project No. 83467. No
Chisholm, I.M. and P.D. Hamlin. 1987. 1985 Libby Reservoir angler census. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration, by MFWP. Kalispell, Montana. Project No. 83467. No
Chisholm, I.M., M.E. Hensler, B. Hansen, D. Skaar. 1989. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries. Methods and Data Summary 1983-87. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration by MFWP. Kalispell, Mont No
Dalbey, S.R., J. DeShazer, L. Garrow, G. Hoffman, and T. Ostrowski. 1998. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to enhance reservoir fisheries. Methods and data summary, 1988-1996. MFWP. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Proj. No No
Hauer, R. 1997. Kootenai river zoobenthos investigation. Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations -MT. MFWP. Annual Rep to Bonneville Power Administration. Proj. No.83467. Yes
Huston, J. E., P. Hamlin and B. May. 1984 Lake Koocanusa Investigations – Final Report 1972-1983. MFWP, in cooperation with Seattle District ACOE. No
Marotz, B.L., and J. Fraley. 1986. Instream flows needed for successful migration, spawning and rearing of rainbow and westslope cutthroat trout in selected tributaries of the Kootenai River. MFWP. Prepared for BPA. Proj. No. 85-6. Yes
Marotz, B.L., D. Gustafson, C. Althen and B. Lonen. 1996. Model development to establish integrated operational rule curves for Hungry Horse and Libby Reservoirs - Montana. MFWP. Prepared for U.S. Department of Energy - BPA. Proj. no. 83-467. Yes
Montana Bull Trout Scientific Group. 1996. Middle Kootenai River drainage bull trout status report. Prepared for the Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team. 36 pp. Yes
Montana Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team. In preparation. Montana westslope cutthroat trout recovery plan. Prepared for MFWP, Helena, Montana. No
Perry S. and J. Huston. 1983. Kootenai River Investigations Final Report 1972-1982. Section A. Aquatic Insect Study. MFWP in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 112p No
Shepard, B.B. 1985. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries. Annual Report. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration by MFWP. Kalispell, Montana. No
Skaar, D., J. DeShazer, L. Garrow, T. Ostrowski, and B. Thornberg. 1996. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries; investigations of fish entrainment through Libby Dam, 1990-1994. Prepared for Bonnevill No
Snelson, S., C. Muhlfeld and B. Marotz. 1997. Excessive Drawdown Mitigation. MFWP. Completed Report filed with Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR. No
Wood, A. 1997. Wildlife Mitigation Program for Hungry Horse and Libby Dams Five Year Operating Plan (Fiscal years 1998-2002). MFWP, Kalispell, Montana. No

Section 7. Abstract


The project would purchase a perpetual conservation easement from PCTC on up to 73,000 acres within the Fisher River drainage before PCTC sells these lands for other uses. The project seeks $500,000 in capital funding to combine with Montana’s Wildlife Mitigation Program as seed money to leverage additional funds. Project costs may reach $10 million. Planning costs will be covered by MFWP budgets (including 9708720). The easement would restrict subdivision/commercial development; ensure long-term maintenance/enhancement of native fish habitats; allow for restoration of streambanks and hydrology; continue management of timber resources consistent with these objectives; and provide associated recreational opportunities. The 1994 Fish and Wildlife Program Plan emphasized coordination of Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Programs as well as restoration and enhancement of native resident fish species habitats. Montana’s Wildlife Mitigation Program also emphasizes the role of partnerships to complete biologically sound, cost-effective mitigation (Wood 1997). MFWP would negotiate terms, complete the NEPA/MEPA review, coordinate with other groups, and ultimately hold and monitor the easement. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation agreed to facilitate this acquisition process. The project began September, 1997 with FWP Commission’s approval to proceed. Coordination, appraisals, negotiations, and public review processes are expected to continue into 1999. Authorities to complete the project would be obtained by 9/30/00. A monitoring plan would be developed and implemented by MFWP.

Reviews and Recommendations

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