Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20088

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 Assess Mckenzie Watershed Habitat and Prioritize Projects
BPA Project Proposal Number 20088
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
McKenzie Watershed Council
Business acronym (if appropriate) MWC

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name John Runyon, Watershed Coordinator
Mailing Address P.O. Box 53
City, State, Zip Springfield, OR 97477
Phone 5417415235
Fax 5417668336
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Lower Columbia
Subbasin Willamette
Short Description Assess McKenzie Watershed habitat by synthesizing recent watershed analyses and gathering data to address information gaps. The project will provide a basin-wide context for fish & wildlife habitat protection, restoration and monitoring strategies.
Target Species Native anadromous fish: spring chinook salmon Native resident fish: bull trout, Oregon chub, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and others Wildlife: Peregrine falcon, Northern spotted owl, Western pond turtle, wolverine, Townsend's big-eared, spotted frog

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: 2.2, 2.4A.3, 3.1B.1, 3.3D.1, 6.1C.1, 6.5, 7.0B.4, 7.6A.1, 7.6, 7.7, 10.2C.1, 10.5, 11.3
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: NMFS Consultation Number [711], USFWS Log no. 1-7-98-F-356
Other Planning Document References Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s McKenzie Sub-Basin Fish Management Plan, 1988. Oregon Plan Supplement on Steelhead, 1997. Willamette River Basin Task Force: Recommendations to Governor John Kitzhaber, 1997. Clinton Administration’s Northwest Forest Plan, 1993. Habitat assessment and improvement needs also are referenced in the McKenzie Watershed Council’s Action Plan for Water Quality and Fish and Wildlife Habitat (1996), Draft Revisions to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s McKenzie Sub-basin Fish Management Plan (1998), and the U.S. General Accounting Office's Oregon Watersheds: Many Activities Contribute to Increased Turbidity During Large Storms report (1998). This assessment is supported by the McKenzie Watershed Council and its member organizations, including Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S.D.I. Bureau of Land Management, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and Weyerhaeuser Company.

CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): anadromous

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9206800 Implementation of Willamette Basin Mitigation Program--Wildlife Targets acquisition of critical wildlife habitat in the Upper Willamette Basin. The project identifies and prioritizes land acquisitions in the McKenzie/Willamette confluence and lower McKenzie Watershed areas. No
9405300 Bull Trout Assessment - Willamette/McKenzie Monitors the distribution, population trends, and habitat use of bull trout populations in the Upper Willamette Basin, and develops and implements reintroduction plan. The project identifies high-quality bull trout habitat for protection and restoration. No
9607000 McKenzie Watershed Council Coordination Coordinates McKenzie Watershed Council administration, project planning, implementation and monitoring among multiple stakeholders/landowners. The proposed project would be guided by the ongoing McKenzie Watershed Council framework. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Synthesize current knowledge of historic and present fish and wildlife populations and habitat conditions throughout the McKenzie Watershed and identify information gaps a. Work with Fish and Wildlife Task Group to develop list of null hypotheses regarding fish and wildlife populations and habitat to focus data synthesis, collection, and analysis
1. b. Collect, organize and synthesize information from completed sub-watershed analyses, agency reports and other studies
1. c. Identify the target species, the status of those species, and key habitat attributes for maintaining or improving populations
1. d. Assess types, extent and locations of historic habitat; summarize current condition of terrestrial and riparian-aquatic habitat modifications; identify known existing high-quality habitat
1. e. Identify and assess the status and trends of key human modifications (e.g., dam regulation of temperature regimes) and natural characteristics (e.g., degree of channel confinement) and processes of the watershed and how they function and interact
1. f. Work with Fish and Wildlife Task Group/Watershed Council to identify information gaps
2. Where information gaps exist, assess types, extent, and locations of habitat modifications and existing high-quality habitat a. Assess habitat conditions through time using historical maps, photographs and other information sources
2. b. Determine the location, nature, and extent of habitat changes
2. c. Develop a chronology of habitat change and describe the natural and human-caused disturbance events that influence the direction of the changes
2. d. Describe and quantify current terrestrial and riparian-aquatic habitat conditions, including high- quality habitat
3. Develop GIS database for fish and wildlife habitat in the McKenzie Watershed a. Develop GIS data layers with locations and information on historic and current terrestrial and riparian-aquatic habitat quality
3. b. Develop GIS data layers with locations and information on habitat protection and restoration sites and priorities
4. Project the impact of current growth and development trajectories on fish and wildlife habitat/populations throughout the basin a. Use census and land use planning information to gauge population growth and development trends
4. b. Project specific locations (e.g., flood plains) and nature (e.g., urban or rural residential) for development in the basin
4. c. Gauge impacts of projected land use changes on fish and wildlife habitat quality/quantity and populations
5. Delineate locations for potential habitat protection and restoration and describe benefits to fish and wildlife a. Identify important terrestrial and riparian-aquatic habitat refuges or areas sensitive to management activities
5. b. Identify areas that most directly affect riparian-aquatic habitat function (e.g., wetlands, side channels, and flood plains) or terrestrial habitat quality (e.g., multi-layered forest stands)
5. c. Identify/prioritize areas/habitat types that are likely to experience significant land-use transformations in the future
5. d. Work with Fish and Wildlife Task Group/Watershed Council to identify/update habitat protection and restoration goals and objectives based on key habitat attributes
5. e. Identify how site-specific protection or restoration measures will maintain or improve populations
5. f. Identify areas that may be easily restored to provide more refuges and/or connect productive habitat types
6. Prioritize locations for habitat restoration and protection in the McKenzie Watershed a. Provide recommendations on site-specific terrestrial and riparian-aquatic protection and restoration projects
6. b. Work with Fish and Wildlife Task Group/Watershed Council to identify protection and restoration project priorities, including land acquisitions
7. Develop biological monitoring and evaluation plan for habitat conditions in the McKenzie Watershed a. Determine watershed indicators to monitor changes in biological or physical states and assess influences of human and natural disturbances and restoration activities
7. b. Link the monitoring and evaluation plan back to the protection and restoration goals and objectives
7. c. Work with Fish and Wildlife Managers/Watershed Council to determine monitoring plan’s institutional and financial commitments and time lines
8. Produce final report a. Develop draft report that incorporates findings, recommendations and monitoring and evaluation plan
8. b. Fish and Wildlife Task Group/Watershed Council provide draft report review and recommend revisions
8. c. Produce final report

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 01/01/00 15.0%
2 01/01/00 05/01/00 20.0%
3 05/01/00 06/01/00 10.0%
4 05/01/00 06/01/00 15.0%
5 05/01/00 06/01/00 10.0%
6 06/01/00 07/01/00 10.0%
7 08/01/00 08/01/00 10.0%
8 09/01/00 09/01/00 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 0
Fringe $ 0
Supplies $ 0
Operating Contract management by McKenzie Watershed Council $ 14,000
Indirect Administrative charge for fiscal management by Cascade Pacific RC&D $ 14,000
Subcontractor Sub-contract assessment; contractor determined by RFP $155,000
Total Itemized Budget $183,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $183,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $183,000
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
U.S. Forest Service In-kind technical assistance $ 10,000 unknown
Bureau of Land Management In-kind technical assistance $ 10,000 unknown
Weyerhaeuser Company In-kind technical assistance $ 10,000 unknown
Eugene Water & Electric Board In-kind technical assistance $ 10,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Permits may be required before undertaking species and habitat surveys needed to fill information gaps identified when synthesizing existing data. The McKenzie Watershed Council will consult with ODFW, NMFS, and USFWS to obtain all necessary permits.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Benner P. A., and J. R. Sedell. 1997. Upper Willamette River landscape: a historic perspective. Pages 23-45 in A. Laenen and D.A. Dunnette, editors. River quality: dynamics and restoration. Lewis, New York. No
Bradbury, B. et al. 1995. Handbook for prioritizing native salmon and watershed protection and restoration. Pacific Rivers Council, Eugene, OR. No
Buchanan, D.V., M.L. Hanson, and R.M. Hooton. 1997. Status of Oregon's bull trout. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Portland, OR. No
Department of Environmental Quality. 1998. The McKenzie Basin water quality report. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Laboratory Division, Portland, Oregon. Yes
Howell, P., J. Hutchinson, and R. Hooton. 1988. McKenzie Subbasin fish management plan. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Springfield, OR. No
Hulse, D. et al. 1997. Possible futures for the Muddy Creek Watershed, Benton County, Oregon. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. No
Lichatowich, J., L. Mobrand, L. Lestille and T. Vogel. 1995. An approach to the diagnosis and treatment of depleted Pacific salmon populations in Pacific Northwest watersheds. Fisheries 20(1): 10-18. No
Ligon, F. 1991. The fluvial geomorphology of the lower McKenzie River. EA Engineering, Science and Technology, 41 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, California. Yes
Mellen, K., M. Huff and R. Hagestedt. 1995. HABSCAPES: reference manual and user's guide. Unpublished manuscript, U.S. Forest Service. No
Miller, J.D., et al. 1997. Willamette Basin Task Force: recommendations to Governor John Kitzhaber. No
Minear, P.J. 1994. Historical change in channel form and riparian vegetation of the McKenzie River, Oregon. M.S. Thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Yes
Regional Interagency Executive Committee et al. 1995. Ecosystem analysis at the watershed scale. Federal guide for watershed analysis, Version 2.2. Regional Ecosystem Office, Portland, OR. No
Scott, J.M., T.H. Tear, and F.W. Davis, editors. 1996. Gap Analysis: A landscape approach to biodiversity planning. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, MD. No
Spence, B.C., G.A Lomnicky, R.M. Hughes and R.P. Noritzki. 1996. An ecosystem approach to salmonid conservation. TR-4501-96-6057. ManTech Environmental Research Services Corp., Corvallis, OR. No
U.S. Forest Service. 1998. I-90 Land Exchange. Draft environmental impact statement, USDA Forest Service/Plum Creek Timber Company, L.P. No
U.S. General Accounting Office. 1998. Oregon watersheds: many activities contribute to increased turbidity during large storms. GAO/RCED-98-220. Washington, DC. Yes
Washington Department of Natural Resources. 1995. Board manual: Standard methodology for conducting watershed analysis under Chapter 222-22 WAC. Washington Forest Practices Board. Version 3.0. Olympia, WA. No

Section 7. Abstract


The goal of this project is to protect and restore habitat of anadromous and resident fish, and wildlife in the McKenzie Watershed. Specifically, the project will identify critical habitat for spring chinook salmon, bull trout, and several “at risk” wildlife species. The proposed assessment would provide a comprehensive, technical framework by which options for habitat protection and restoration may be prioritized and evaluated. The assessment will synthesize existing information on McKenzie Watershed fish and wildlife habitat, including historical change and current status. Where there are gaps in the habitat knowledge base, the assessment will collect new information. Building upon this base of information, the assessment then will explore impacts on fish and wildlife habitat in the McKenzie Watershed from projected growth and development, and identify historical and current high-quality habitat locations, and potential sites for habitat protection and restoration. Information generated by this project will be used, in consultation with technical advisors, landowners, fish and wildlife managers, and the McKenzie Watershed Council, to prioritize specific areas for habitat protection and restoration. The project will conclude with a comprehensive assessment report, recommendations for projects, including land acquisitions, and a biological monitoring and evaluation plan for habitat in the McKenzie Watershed. Although the fish and wildlife habitat information will be site-specific to the McKenzie, data will be maintained in the Council’s GIS database for use in regional recovery efforts. The assessment will require one year (FY2000) to complete.

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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