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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, Irrigon WMA Additions
BPA Project Proposal Number 20115
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 Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Columbia Lower Middle
Short Description Protect and enhance wetland, grassland, and shrub-steppe habitats adjacent to Irrigon Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
Target Species mallard, Canada goose, mink, western meadowlark, spotted sandpiper, California valley quail, yellow warbler, and downy woodpecker

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: 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 Irrigon WMA area as priority area
1998 FY99 proposal to acquire 62-acre parcel was approved and recommended
1998 Began landowner negotiations for acquisition of land adjacent to the Irrigon WMA
1998 Developed partnerships with Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited 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
20551 ODFW Mainstem Subbasin Umbrella Proposal Umbrella project; explains management intent for anadromous and resident fish and wildlife in and along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. 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 proposal 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
20134 Acquire Oxbow Ranch - Middle Fork John Day 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
20112 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Wenaha WMA Additions 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
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Trout Creek Canyon Yes
20113 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, South Fork Crooked River Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Assess Habitat Conditions/Develop Management Plans a. Assess existing habitat conditions on the 62-acre parcel adjacent to the Irrigon WMA; identify restoration needs and opportunities
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 livestock grazing practices
2. b. Implement noxious weed control
2. c. Plant native grasses, shrubs, and trees
2. d. Secure public access
3. Maintain Habitat Values - Implement Operations and Maintenance Plan a. Conduct habitat enhancement activities as necessary to 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

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 Plans 80.0%
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%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel for 0.125 FTE $ 5,799
Fringe @38% $ 2,204
Supplies fence, weed control, sign, and other materials $ 2,000
Operating included in personnel line item $ 0
NEPA $ 7,000
Travel $ 1,000
Indirect @35.5% $ 6,391
Other M&E costs included in personnel line item $ 0
Subcontractor Umatilla Co. Weed Control (O&M) $ 1,000
Total Itemized Budget $ 25,394

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $ 25,394
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $ 25,394
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
Pheasants Forever Has committed to donate volunteers and funds to assist with habitat restoration; no dollar amount verified at this time $ 0 unknown
Ducks Unlimited Has exspessed interest in assisting with restoration activities; no dollar amount; $ 0 unknown
other undetermined at this time Other opportunities will be investigated $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $ 17,000 $ 17,000 $ 15,000 $ 12,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 17,000 $ 17,000 $ 15,000 $ 12,000

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, Portland, OR, 28pp. 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 umbrella project (Project Number 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. In this FY2000 proposal, the Oregon Wildlife Coalition is proposing to: assess habitat conditions on the 62-acre parcel of interest, 2) identify needs and opportunities, 3) develop management plans (restoration, operations and maintenance, and monitoring and evaluation), and 3) implement some restoration activities. A proposal to acquire the 62-acre parcel was submitted in 1998 for FY99 BPA funds. The Council approved the proposal in September 1998. The overall goal of this project is to acquire, enhance, and maintain lands adjacent to the ODFW’s Irrigon Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the benefit of wildlife. Habitat protection and enhancement will be achieved by developing and implementing restoration activities on the 62-acre parcel. The project site is bounded by the Irrigon WMA to the north and east, by a small 20-acre strip of private land to the west, and by Highway 730 to the south. The parcel is primarily grazed pasture and wetland. The pasture has clumps and stringers of Russian olive, willow, sagebrush, and a few other miscellaneous shrubby plant species. The pasture is over-grazed, but restoration is possible. Willow and Russian olive dominate wetland areas. Drying occurs in some wetlands as summer progresses. The wetland areas are important to resting waterfowl enroute to northern breeding grounds. The property of interest is very appealing since it is adjacent to the existing Irrigon WMA. Restoration of the property will include the removal of approximately 4,420 feet of fence (along the Irrigon WMA boundary) and the removal of cattle. Exotic species (e.g., scotch thistle, yellowstar thistle, knapweed, purple loosestrife) will be controlled with herbicides. Herbicide spraying will occur twice during the spring and once during the fall. Exotic Russian olive trees will also be removed. Native shrub and tree species (e.g., willow, cottonwoods, mock orange, elderberry, hawthorn, and chokecherry) will be planted where determined to be effective. Existing agricultural lands will then be allowed to return to natural shrub-steppe habitat. Noxious weed control will need to continue to facilitate the restoration of the shrub-steppe habitat. Other likely operations and maintenance (O&M) activities include fence repair, and the re-seeding and re-planting of native vegetation. Funds to conduct most restoration activities, O&M, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) will be requested in out-years. Restoration activities will help restore the site to more natural conditions. Eliminating the grazing would increase resident waterfowl nesting and upland game use (primarily pheasant and quail). Water quality and quantity in the wetlands will be improved. Key habitats and cover types provided by the area include shrub-steppe, grassland, and wetland 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). Wetland and shrub-steppe habitat types are high priority habitat types in the Lower Mid-Columbia River Subregion (NPPC 1994, Table 11-2). This project will benefit a variety of wildlife species, including most of the target species associated with the lower four Columbia River hydroelectric projects (i.e., great blue heron, Canada goose, spotted sandpiper, California quail, yellow warbler, black-capped chickadee, western meadowlark, mallard, and mink). A gain of about 40 Habitat Units is expected from the project. 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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