Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20082

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 Rainwater Wildlife Area Operations & Maintenance
BPA Project Proposal Number 20082
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Business acronym (if appropriate) CTUIR

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Allen B. Childs
Mailing Address P.O. Box 638
City, State, Zip Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone 5412787626
Fax 5412787873
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Columbia Lower Middle
Short Description Protect, enhance, and mitigate wildlife habitat impacted by McNary and John Day hydroelectric projects. Rainwater Wildlife Area developed as a Columbia Basin Wildlife Mitigation Project under Washington Wildlife Mitigation Agreement (BPA et al., 1993).
Target Species Black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, yellow warbler, great blue heron, mink, spotted sandpiper, western meadowlark, California quail; (mule deer, blue grouse--potential evaluation spp.); dual benefits for fish (bull trout, summer steelhead).

Project Location

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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: 7.6.A, 7.6B, 7.6C, 7.6D, 11.3A, 11.3D
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: N/A
Other Planning Document References 1. CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Plan for the John Day and McNary Dams, CTUIR, October 1997. 2. Wildlife Mitigation Program, Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, DOE/EIS-0246, June 1997. 3. Guidelines for Enhancement, Operation, and Maintenance Activities for Wildlife Mitigation Projects, CBFWA Wildlife Managers , June 1998.

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

Year Accomplishment
1998 Land Acquistion (8,441 acres) completed 9/98
1998 Interim Property Management Plan Developed & Implementated (Public Use Regulations, Access & Travel Plan)
1998 Initiated Public Involvement for Management Planning Process - established stakeholder advisory committee Initiated HEP Evaluation to be completed in 1999 Inditiated Development of MOA with WDFW
1999 Comprehensive Management Plan Development, including HEP (In-progress, planned for completion in 1999). Initiate implementation of plan (property improvements/infrastructure and habitat enhancements)
2000 Implement management plan including protection, enhancements/restoration, and operations/maintenance

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9604601 Walla Walla Basin Fish Habitat Enhancement (CTUIR) Project 9604601 includes funding request for anadromous fish habitat enhancement/restoration activities on Rainwater Wildlife Area. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
4. PROJECT GOAL: Protect, Enhance, and Mitigate Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Impacted by John Day and McNary Hydroelectric Development .
1. Provide Wildlife Area Administration - Protect Existing Resources and Habitat Values a. Conduct General Management Plan Administration: --administer Access & Travel Mgt (coord w/ law enforcement) --maintain contacts with public user groups (hunters, etc) --maintain signage/information exchange --involve public in property management/scoping
1. Provide Wildlife Area Administration - Protect Existing Resources and Habitat Values . --monitor and address trespass livestock, dumping, other illegal uses, etc. --conduct fire protection activities
1. Provide Wildlife Area Administration - Protect Existing Resources and Habitat Values b. Conduct General Property/ Infrastructure Maintenance: --maintain roads, drainage --maintain fences, barricades, gates, water developments, --maintain public information kiosks, informational signs
2. Maintain Habitat Values (HU's) (General) a. Implement Weed Management Plan: --prevention (limit vectors) --manual (hand pulling localized areas) --chemical (application of herbicides) --prescribed fire (spot and landscape treatments)
2. Maintain Habitat Values (HU's) (General) b. Implement Fire Management Plan --wildfire prevention/suppression --utilize prescribed fire as a tool for habitat maintenance (grassland and forested cover types)
2. c. Maintain Forested Habitats: -- conduct reforestation (tree planting) to improve/maintain stocking --conduct timber stand improvement actitivies (precommercial and commercial thinning) to maintain/promote tree vigor, forest health, and cover quality
2. c. Forested Habitats (cont): --conduct limited commercial thinning/salvage -- reintroduce fire on regular intervals (based on historic fire intervals) to maintain forest health
2. d. Maintain Grassland Habitats: --conduct ongoing noxious weed to maintain existing native communities --reintroduce fire to assist weed control efforts/maintain native grasslands, prepare sites for natural regeneration, planting, and seeding
2. e. Maintain Riparian Habitats: --conduct ongoing noxious weed control
3. Enhance/Restore Habitat Values (Cover Type Specific) Implement habitat enhancement & restoration activities in forested, grassland, and riparian cover types to increase habitat quality (HU's) a. Enhance Forested Habitats: --plant native trees --plant native shrubs
3. b. Enhance Grassland Habitats: --plant and seed native grasses --plant native shrubs
3. c. Enhance Riparian/Wetland Habitats: --conduct ongoing revegetation activities following development of floodplain/instream restoration designs --design and implement instream/floodplain restoration activities
4. Monitor and Evaluate Application of Enhancement Strategies and Operations/Maintenance a. Implement M&E Program --monitor ATM, public uses --establish permanent monitoring/ photo point plots (all cover types) --collect annual water quality data (flow, water quality/chemistry) --update HEP evaluation every 10yrs using standard protocols
4. a. M&E cont. --conduct annual TES surveys --conduct veg stocking surveys --conduct annual redd surveys

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/00 12/01/00 Provide Wildlife Area Adminisration - Protect Existing Resources and Habitat Values -Mgt Plan/Property Administration --Habitat/ Property/ Infrastructure Maintenance 30.0%
2 01/01/00 12/01/00 Maintain Habitat Values (HU's) -weed control -fire mgt -habitat/cover type maintenance 50.0%
3 01/01/00 12/01/00 Enhance/Restore Habitat Values -Planting -Seeding, -Restoration designs 15.0%
4 01/01/00 12/01/00 Monitoring and Evaluation -ATM -Public Uses -Permanent Plots/photo points -Water quality data collection -HEP updates 5.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Includes staff for admin., maintenance, and enhancements $ 90,817
Fringe @28% $ 25,429
Supplies $ 23,100
Operating O&M cost incorporated into personnel and subcontractor line items (road/hab. maint etc.) $ 0
NEPA NEPA requirements adequately covered under existing programmatic EIS/ROD and project management plan $ 0
Travel $ 24,808
Indirect $ 55,812
Subcontractor $ 55,000
Total Itemized Budget $274,966

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $274,966
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $274,966
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
Undetermined at present Cost sharting opportunities to be pursued during mgt plan development $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $287,377 $300,626 $314,773 $329,882
Total Outyear Budgets $287,377 $300,626 $314,773 $329,882

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Potential weather related constraints on individual treatments (i.e., prescribed fire during spring and fall dependent on appropriate conditions), planting/seeding based on available stock)

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Bonneville Power Administration, Washington Dept. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Conf Tribes Colville Reservation, Conf. Tribes Umatilla Indian Reservation, Yakama Indian Nation. 1993. Washington Wildlife Mitigation Agreement. No
BPA Wildlife Mitigation Program Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD), (DOE/BPA-0246, June 1997 No
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). 1996. Wildlife Mitigation Plan for the John Day and McNary Dams, Columbia River Basin. No
CTUIR) and BPA. 1997. Memorandum of Agreement Between the CTUIR and BPA for Dispursal of Wildlife Mitigation Fund and Wildlife Mitigation Crediting. No
Northwest Power Planning Council Fish and Wildlife Program. 1994. No
Oregon Trust Agreement Planning Project, October 1993, U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation No
Prose, B., Farmer, A., and Olson, R. 1986. Cost-effectiveness of easement and fee title acquisition for mitigating wildlife habitat losses. USDI, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Ecology Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, 61 pp. No
Rassmussen, L. and P. Wright. 1990b. Draft wildlife impact assessment, John Day Project, Oregon and Washington. U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv., Portland, Ore. 27 pp No
Rassmussen, L. and P. Wright. 1990d. Draft wildlife impact assessment, McNary Project, Oregon and Washington. U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv., Portland, Ore. 28 pp No
U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. 1980. Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP). Ecol. Serv. Manual 102. Div. Ecol. Servi., Washington D.C No
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1995. Priority Habitats and Species List, Habitat Program. 24pp No

Section 7. Abstract


The 8,441 acre Rainwater Wildlife Area, located in the Walla Walla River basin 8 miles south of Dayton, Washington in Columbia County, was established in September 1998 by the CTUIR under the NPPC Fish and Wildlife Program and Washington Interim Wildlife Mitigation Agreement (BPA et al., 1993). Funds for acquisition were made available through BPA under an MOA (CTUIR and BPA 1997). The project was developed to protect, enhance, and mitigate wildlife impacted by development of the John Day and McNary hydroelectric dams. This proposal provides the technical basis for securing operations and maintenance funding beginning in FY 2000. Funding for management plan development, habitat evaluations, interim management, and initial habitat enhancements planned during 1998 and 1999 is available under the existing BPA-CTUIR MOA. The Rainwater Wildlife Area is a large, contiguous land parcel located in the South Fork Touchet River subbasin adjacent to the Umatilla National Forest. The project provides dual benefits for both resident and migratory wildlife and anadromous and resident fishery resources with 5,500 acres of coniferous forest, 2,091 acres of native grassland, 800 acres of riparian/floodplain habitat, and over over 8 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for anadromous and resident fish resources. Key target wildlife mitigation species include: spotted sandpiper, great blue heron, yellow warbler, mink, California quail, Western meadowlark, black-capped chickadee, and downy woodpecker. An estimated 4,337 baseline Habitat Units (HU’s) have been directly protected through acquisition. An additional estimated 2,783 HU’s could be achieved through habitat enhancement for a total of 7,120 HU’s. The property supports a wide variety of wildlife resources and includes transitional, summer, and winter range for big game (Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer and black bear and mountain lion) as well as a host of forest dwelling bird species (neotropical migrants, upland game birds (blue and ruffed grouse), and Rio Grande turkeys). Suitable habitat exists several Federal and State Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive (TES) species: threatened Northern bald eagle, endangered American peregrine falcon; and State sensitive: osprey, great blue heron, Lewis’ woodpecker, prairie falcon, turkey vulture, northern goshawk, and golden eagle. The Rainwater area supports known populations of threatened bull trout and proposed threatened Walla Walla River basin summer steelhead trout. A comprehensive management plan is currently under development and is planned for completion in mid 1999. The plan will be developed consistent with BPA Wildlife Mitigation Program Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD), (DOE/BPA-0246, June 1997) which provides the overall framework for habitat protection, enhancement and operations/maintenance.

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