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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, Horn Butte
BPA Project Proposal Number 20116
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 bunch grass and shrub-steppe habitats through alteration of land use practices and control of noxious weeds on acquired and eased lands. Develop cooperative management plan for adjacent BLM lands and ease other adjacent public lands.
Target Species Western meadowlark and California quail

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 Horn Butte area as priority area
1998 FY99 proposal for $1,000,000 to acquire and/or ease lands in the Horn Butte area was approved and recommended
1998 Began landowner negotiations for land acquisition and/or conservation easement and cooperative management of public land at Horn Butte
1998 Developed partnerships with BLM Prineville District Office, Clearwater Land Exchange, Trust for Public Lands, and The Nature Conservancy that will 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 Mainstem Umbrella Proposal Umbrella project; explains management intent for anadromous and resident fish and wildlife in and along the mainstem 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
9009200 Wanaket Wildlife Mitigation Project Operations & Maintenance A project proposal that addresses similar habitats and species. Enhancement techniques and results will be shared. 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
20112 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Wenaha WMA Additions Yes
20113 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, South Fork Crooked River Yes
Juniper Canyon and Columbia Gorge Wildlife Mitigation Project Yes
20140 Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions Yes
9140 Acquisition of Pine Creek Ranch Yes
9705900 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Logan Valley Yes
20134 Acquire Oxbow Ranch - Middle Fork John Day Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Trout Creek Canyon Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Ruthton Point (Mitchell Point) Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Multnomah Channel Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, E.E. Wilson WMA Additions Yes
20114 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Ladd Marsh WMA Additions Yes
20115 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, Irrigon WMA Additions Yes
Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon, McKenzie River Islands 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 7,000 acres of acquired and/or eased lands and enhancement opportunities on adjacent public lands
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 and shrubs
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
5. Aquire/Ease Additional Lands in Horn Butte Area a. Ease up to 22,000 acres of adjacent public lands

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 17.0%
2 10/01/99 01/01/03 Restore wildlife habitats; Provide enhancement credit HUs 7.0%
3 10/01/99 12/01/04 Maintain protection and enhancement credit HUs 3.0%
4 10/01/99 12/01/04 Habitat/Biological monitoring 3.0%
5 10/01/99 12/01/00 Conservation easement agreement for management and enhancement of adjacent public lands x 70.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel 0.25 FTE $ 11,598
Fringe @ 38% $ 4,407
Supplies fence, weed control, sign, and other materials $ 5,000
Operating incorporated into personnel and subcontractor line items $ 0
Capital conservation easement of up to 22,000 acres $400,000
NEPA $ 5,000
Travel $ 3,000
Indirect @35.5% $ 10,297
Other Restoration and M&E activities are incorporated into the personnel line item $ 0
Subcontractor Gilliam Co. Weed Control (O&M) $ 3,000
Total Itemized Budget $442,302

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $442,302
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $442,302
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
BLM Assistance in management plan development, and enhancement and O&M activities (fencing and weed control) likely; no cost-sharing agreement is currently in place $ 0 unknown
Others undetermined at this time Opportunities will be investigated during restoration plan development $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $ 90,000 $ 85,000 $ 70,000 $ 50,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 90,000 $ 85,000 $ 70,000 $ 50,000

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: USFW, 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. 1990. Wildlife impact assessment, John Day Project, Oregon and Washington. Prepared by USFWS for U.S. Dept. of Energy, BPA, Portland, OR. 47pp. 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 32,000 acres of shrub-steppe and native bunch grass habitat in the Horn Butte area, which is near the town of Arlington on the mainstem Columbia River. The project will involve a mix of private and public lands. Two private parcels (totaling about 7,000 acres) have been identified for possible acquisition and conservation easement. About 4,300 acres of adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands may be enhanced in coordination with wildlife mitigation activities on the private lands. Up to 22,000 acres of public lands may be available for conservation easement. A proposal to acquire and/ease one or both of the private parcels was submitted in 1998 for FY99 BPA funds. The Council approved the proposal in September 1998. This proposal addresses Phase II of the Horn Butte project: assessment of habitat conditions; development of management plans (for acquired and/or eased lands and adjacent BLM lands); implementation of restoration, operation and maintenance, and monitoring and evaluation activities; and easement of up to 22,000 acres of additional public land. The overall goal of this project is to provide large, contiguous tracts of native shrub-steppe habitat for the benefit of wildlife, especially species who only inhabit these types of shrub-steppe and grassland habitats. Less than 1 % of the eco-region in which the two properties of interest lie is managed with wildlife protection and enhancement as a priority. Even less than 1% of the native shrub-steppe habitat remains in the entire eco-region. This is primarily due to irrigated and dry-land agricultural conversion, but also to inundation of the Columbia River and associated urban expansion. Habitat protection and enhancement will be achieve by developing and implementing restoration activities. Restoration of this property will entail the removal and/or management of the grazing which is presently altering the site, control of noxious weeds, and planting of native grasses and shrubs. Other techniques aimed at revitalizing this rare habitat type in Oregon will likely be implemented. The project will likely involve the development of a cooperative management plan with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) who owns lands of similar type and condition adjacent to the project site. A conservation easement may be pursued on up to 22,000 acres. The proposed acquisition and enhancement properties are about 30 miles upstream from the John Day hydroelectric facility. Key habitats and cover types provided by the project area include shrub-steppe, native bunchgrass grassland, and riparian 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). Shrub-steppe and riparian habitat types are high priority habitat types in the Upper Mid-Columbia subbasin (NPPC 1994, Table 11-2). An estimated 2,000 – 3,500 protection and enhancement Habitat Units will gained from this project by the year 2004. Mitigation target species for the John Day Dam (to which mitigation credits will likely be applied) that will benefit from this project are California quail, western meadowlark, . Many other species of concern occur on or near the project site and will benefit from habitat protection and restoration activities, including long-billed curlew, ferruginous hawk, Swainson's hawk, burrowing owl, loggerhead shrike, grasshopper sparrow, sagebrush lizard, and Washington ground squirrel. 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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