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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 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Wenaha WMA Additions
BPA Project Proposal Number 20112
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) ODFW

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Susan P. Barnes
Mailing Address 2501 SW First Ave, P.O. Box 59
City, State, Zip Portland, OR 97217
Phone 5038725260
Fax 5038725269
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Blue Mountain
Subbasin Grande Ronde
Short Description Protect and restore grassland, bench, and shrub-steppe habitat values through land acquisition or easement and implementation of enhancement activities.
Target Species Bald eagle, California valley quail, mallard, western meadowlark, mink, Canada goose, spotted sandpiper, yellow warbler, downy woodpecker, California quail, Chinook salmon, bull trout.

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: 7.1, 7.6.A, 7.6.B, 7.6.C, 7.7, 7.8, 11.3A, 11.3D
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References 1. Oregon Trust Oregon Trust Agreement Planning (OTAP) Project 2. BPA Wildlife Mitigation Program Final EIS 3. BPA Watershed Management Program Final EIS 4. Assessing OTAP Project Using GAP Analysis 5. USFS Status of the interior Columbia Basin: summary of scientific finding 6. CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Plan for the John Day and McNary Dams, Columbia River Basin 7. CTWSRO Integrated Resource Management Plan 8. ODFW District Wildlife Management Plans 9. Wy Kan Ush Me Wa Kush Wit, CRITFC 10. CBFWA Guidelines for Enhancement, Operations, and Maintenance for Wildlife Mitigation Projects

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
1993 Created a list of potential wildlife mitigation projects throughout Oregon
1997 Compiled more comprehensive prioritized list of mitigation sites; identified Wenaha WMA area as priority area
1998 FY99 proposal for $100,000 to acquire or ease lands adjacent to the Wenaha WMA area was approved and recommended
1998 Began landowner negotiations for land acquisition and/or conservation easement at Wenaha WMA
1998 Developed partnerships with BLM, Clearwater Land Exchange, Trust for Public Lands, and The Nature Conservancy to help facilitate project objectives

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9705900 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon Umbrella project; explains intent for mitigation planning, coordination, and implementation by Oregon wildlife managers within Oregon. Identifies priority projects with specific budgets that will help meet mitigation objectives. No
ODFW Grande Ronde Subbasin Umbrella Proposal Umbrella project; explains management intent for anadromous and resident fish and wildlife in the Grande Ronde River Subbasin. No
9565 Assessing Oregon Trust Agreement Using GAP Anaylsis A mitigation planning tool used to analyze and rank potential mitigation projects within the basin. No
9284 Oregon Trust Agreement Planning Project A mitigation planning tool that includes methods for assembling a trust agreement and a list of potential mitigation projects. No
9206800 Implementation of Willamette Basin Mitigation Program - Wildlife A mitigation proprosal focusing on land acquisition/easement, enhancement, and management of lands in the Willamette Basin. Similar in function as Coalition's umbrella project. No
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Ruthton Point (Mitchell Point) Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Logan Valley Yes
9140 Acquisition of Pine Creek Ranch Yes
20140 Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions Yes
Juniper Canyon and Columbia Gorge Wildlife Mitigation Project Yes
20113 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, South Fork Crooked River Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Trout Creek Canyon Yes
20134 Acquire Oxbow Ranch - Middle Fork John Day Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Multnomah Channel Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, E.E. Wilson WMA Additions Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, McKenzie River Islands Yes
20114 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Ladd Marsh WMA Additions Yes
20116 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Horn Butte Yes
9705900 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon Yes
20115 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Irrigon WMA Additions Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Assess Habitat Conditions/ Develop Management Plans a. Assess existing habitat conditions and restoration needs and opportunities on 2,000 acres of acquired or eased lands adjacent to the Wenaha WMA
1. b. Develop Restoration Plan
1. c. Develop Operations and Maintenance Plan
1. d. Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
2. Restore Habitat Values - Implement Restoration Plan a. Alter existing land use practices
2. b. Implement noxious weed control
2. c. Plant native grasses and shrubs
2. d. Secure public access
3. Maintain Habitat Values - Implement Operations and Maintenance Plan a. Maintain habitat values
3. b. Maintain fences and gates
3. c. Maintain informational signs
4. Measure Effectiveness of Restoration Plan - Implement Monitoring and Evaluation Plan a. Evaluate changes in habitat conditions using HEP survey methods, plant survey methods, and photo points
4. b. Compare noxious weed infestation levels to pre-control survey
4. c. Conduct biological monitoring to assess species response
5. Acquire and/or Ease Additional Lands Adjacent to the Wenaha WMA a. Acquire or ease 2,000-acres

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 08/01/99 12/01/00 Assessment of existing conditions; development of Restoration Plan, O&M Plan, and M&E Plan 20.0%
2 10/01/99 01/01/03 Restore wildlife habitats; Provide enhancement credit HUs 10.0%
3 10/01/99 12/01/04 Maintain protection and enhancement credit HUs 5.0%
4 10/01/99 12/01/04 Habitat/Biological monitoring 5.0%
5 06/01/99 12/01/00 Develop conservation easement agreement on property x 60.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel for 0.25 FTE $ 11,598
Fringe @38% $ 4,407
Supplies fence, weed control, sign, and other materials $ 5,000
Operating included in personnel line item $ 0
Capital acquisition or conservation easement of additional land $100,000
NEPA for acquired or eased property $ 5,000
Travel $ 3,000
Indirect @35.5% $ 10,297
Other M&E costs included incorporated into personnel costs line item $ 0
Subcontractor Wallow Co. Weed Control (O&M) $ 3,000
Total Itemized Budget $142,302

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $142,302
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $142,302
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
Others undetermined at this time Opportunities will be investigated during restoration plan development $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $ 65,000 $ 55,000 $ 45,000 $ 40,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 65,000 $ 55,000 $ 45,000 $ 40,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Difficult landowner negotiation efforts and inadequate or untimely fund acquisition could delay project implementation. Severe weather conditions could delay field activities.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Beak Consultants, Inc. 1993. Audit of wildlife loss assessments for federal dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries. Prepared for the NPPC, Portland, OR. No
BPA. 1993. OR Trust Agreement Planning Project: Potential mitigation to the impacts on OR wildlife resources associated with relevant mainstem Col. R. and Willamette R. hydroelectric projects. BPA, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Portland, OR. DOE/BP-299-1. 53pp. No
BPA. 1997a. Watershed management program final environmental impact statement. DOE/EIS - 0265. BPA, Portland, OR. No
BPA. 1997b. Wildlife mitigtaion program final environmental impact statement. DOE/EIS - 0246. BPA, Portland, OR. No
BPA. 1997c. Wildlife mitigation program record of decision. DOE/EIS - 0246. BPA, Portland, OR. No
Northwest Power Act. 1980. Pacific Northwest electric power planning and conservation act, with index. BPA, U.S. Dept. of Energy. 40 pp. No
Northwest Power Planning Council. 1994. Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. NPPC 94-55. NPPC, Portland, OR. January 1994. No
ODFW 1997. Assessing OTAP Project Using GAP Analysis. In fulfillment of Project Number 95-65, Contract Number DE-BI179-92BP90299. Prepared for: BPA; Project Cooperators: USFWS, CTUIR, CTWSRO, BPT, Oregon Natural Heritage Program, Portland, OR. No
Prose. B., Farmer A., and Olson R. 1986. Cost-effectiveness of easement and fee title acquisition for mitigating wildlife habitat losses. USDI, USFWS, Nat. Ecol. Center, Fort Collins, CO. 61 pp. No
Rasmussen, L. and P. Wright. 1990a. Wildlife impact assessment, Bonneville Project, Oregon and Washington. Prepared by USFWS for U.S. Dept. of Energy, BPA, Portland, OR. 37pp. No
Rasmussen, L. and P. Wright. 1990b. Wildlife impact assessment, McNary Project, Oregon and Washington. Prepared by USFWS for U.S. Dept. of Energy, BPA, Portland, OR. 46pp. No
Rasmussen, L. and P. Wright. 1990c. Wildlife impact assessment, John Day Project, Oregon and Washington. Prepared by USFWS for U.S. Dept. of Energy, BPA, Portland, OR. 47pp. No
Rasmussen, L. and P. Wright. 1990d. Wildlife impact assessment, The Dalles Project, Oregon and Washington. Prepared by USFWS for U.S. Dept. of Energy, BPA, Portland, OR. 34pp. No

Section 7. Abstract


This project, one of many proposed by the Oregon Wildlife Coalition, is considered an ongoing acquisition and enhancement project under the Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon project (Umbrella Project 9705900) as it was recommended for FY1999 funding. This proposal explains the management objectives for wildlife and wildlife habitat as they relate to the proposed project and describes the link between this project and others proposed under the Coalition’s umbrella project. The Oregon Wildlife Coalition is proposing to permanently protect and enhance approximately 4,000 acres of grassland, riparian/riverine, open forest, and rocky shrub-steppe habitats adjacent to ODFW’s Wenaha Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in northeast Oregon. The project, which is near the town of Troy on the Grande Ronde River, will involve acquisition and conservation easement of private lands. Two private parcels have been identified for possible acquisition and conservation easement. A proposal to acquire or ease one of these two private parcels was submitted in 1998 for FY99 BPA funds. The Council approved the proposal in September 1998. In this FY2000 proposal, the Oregon Wildlife Coalition is requesting funds to: 1) to either purchase the title to a 2,000-property or to purchase a conservation easement on about 2,000 acres of a 4,000-acre tract (i.e., which ever transaction was not completed with FY99 funds will be completed with FY2000 funds), and 2) conduct habitat assessments; develop management plans; and begin implementing restoration, operation and maintenance, and monitoring and evaluation activities on both parcels. The overall goal of this project is to restore and protect wildlife and fish habitat values associated with grassland, riparian/riverine, open forest, and rocky habitats along the mainstem Grande Ronde River and several of its tributaries through the protection and enhancement of habitats on acquired and eased lands adjacent to the Wenaha WMA. Habitat protection and enhancement will be achieve by developing and implementing restoration activities. Proposed restoration activities include alteration of existing agricultural and grazing practices which are currently degrading the site, control of noxious weeds, and planting of native grasses and forbs. Both upland and riparian habitat conditions will improve by changing agricultural and grazing practices; water quality in the Grande Ronde and its tributaries will also improve. Control of noxious weeds and the planting of native vegetation will help restore habitats to a more natural and diverse state. Both parcels will be enhanced and managed in cooperation with the Wenaha WMA. Key habitats and cover types provided by the area include riverine/riparian, shrub-steppe, native grasslands and shrubs, and coniferous forest habitats. This project will help achieve the wildlife mitigation goal of fully mitigating for wildlife losses caused by the construction and operation of the hydropower system in the Columbia River Basin as outlined in the NPPC’s Wildlife Program (NPPC 1994, Section 11.1). Riverine/riparian, shrub-steppe, native grasslands and shrubs, and coniferous forest habitat types are high and medium priority habitat types in the Lower Snake Subregion (NPPC 1994, Table 11-2). This project will benefit a variety of wildlife species, including many of the target species associated with the lower four Columbia River hydroelectric projects (i.e., mallard, Canada goose, mink, western meadowlark, spotted sandpiper, yellow warbler, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, and California quail). About 700 - 1,500 protection and enhancement Habitat Units (HUs) are expected from the mitigation site by the year 2004. Results of project restoration and enhancement activities will be monitored and evaluated using Habitat Evaluation Procedures protocols for the above mentioned mitigation target species, as well as for plant communities determined at a later time to be indicative of habitat quality. Photo monitoring, as well as biological monitoring of certain wildlife species and plant communities, will occur to measure changes in habitat quality and corresponding species responses.

Reviews and Recommendations

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