Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199206100

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 Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation
BPA Project Proposal Number 199206100
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Albeni Falls Interagency Work Group
Business acronym (if appropriate) AFIWG

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Stacey H. Stovall, Idaho Dept. Of Fish And Game
Mailing Address P.O. Box 386
City, State, Zip Laclede, ID 83841-0386
Phone 2082656381
Fax 2082656381
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Inter-Mountain
Subbasin Pend Oreille
Short Description Protect, enhance, and maintain important wetland wildlife habitat in the Lake Pend Oreille vicinity as ongoing mitigation for construction impacts associated with the Albeni Falls hydroelectric project.
Target Species Bald eagle (wintering and breeding), black-capped chickadee, mallard, Canada goose, muskrat, white-tailed deer.

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: 11.2D.1, 11.2E.1, 11.3D.4, 11.3D.5
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: NA
Other Planning Document References Bonneville Power Administration Wildlife Mitigation Program Final Environmental Impact Statement (BPA 1997); Albeni Falls Wildlife Management Plan: Final Environmental Assessment (BPA 1996); Conservation Strategy for Northern IdahoWetlands (Jankovsky-Jones1997); and Protection, Mitigation and Enhancement Measures: Clark Fork Settlement Agreement (WWP 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
1995 Completion of Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Status Report
1988 Completion of Albeni Falls Protection, Mitigation, and Enhancement Plan
1996 Completion of Albeni Falls Wildlife Management Plan: Final Environmental Assessment
1997 Protected 353 acres of high quality wetland habitat
1998 Protected 110 acres of wetland habitat. Other acquistions are nearing completion.
1998 Maintained 352 acres and 726 HUs.
1999 Nearing completion on 400-acre acquistion.

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9106000 Pend Oreille Wetlands-Flying Goose Partial Albeni Falls wildlife mitigation No
9004401 Lake Creek Acquisition and Enhancement Partial Albeni Falls wildlife mitigation No
Washington Water Power Wildlife PM&E Measures Project-induced erosion and wildlife habitat loss in the Clark Fork Delta No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Protect 6,323 acres and provide 7,778 HUs through acquisition of fee-title or conservation easements through FY2004. a. Identify willing landowner participants.
1. b. Consult and coordinate throughout process with the NWPPC, BPA, CBFWA, local governments, and the public.
1. c. Complete federal compliance requirements (e.g., appraisal, hazardous materials survey, cultural resource survey, etc.).
1. d. Credit HUs in Intergovernmental contract with BPA.
1. e. Secure fee-title and/or conservation easement.
1. f. Complete wildlife and habitat surveys.
1. g. Complete HEP report,wildlife management plan for review.
2. Enhance 2,240 acres through FY2001. a. Construct boundary fences to prevent trespass grazing and reestablishment of native vegetation.
2. b. Plant native shrubs to increase vegetative diversity and waterfowl nesting habitat suitability.
2. c. Conduct prescribed burns to increase forage and vegetative diversity.
2. d. Create nesting islands to increase nesting habitat.
2. e. Develop water control structures to manage water levels and aquatic vegetation.
2. f. Construct public access sites to reduce human disturbance.
2. g. Apply chemical, biological, mechanical control to retard spread of noxious weeds.
3. Maintain 962 acres and 1,413 HUs; there will be no net loss of HUs. a. Maintain gates, roads, trails, signs, and fence lines.
3. b. Control and/or eradicate non-native invasive annuals (noxious weeds).
3. c. Maintain water control structures.
3. d. Control nuisance animals.
3. e. Maintain public access sites.
4. Monitor and evaluate wildlife habitat and management activities on 3,285 acres. a. Conduct 5-year HEP to determine increase in HUs from enhancement activities.
4. b. Conduct appropriate wildlife surveys on annual and random basis.
4. c. Monitor soil response resulting from burning, recreational activities, elimination of livestock grazing.
4. d. Monitor burned areas at regular intervals.
4. e. Monitor vegetative response to planting prescriptions and water level manipulations.
4. f. Monitor the control of noxious weeds.
4. g. Monitor public use.
4. h. Amend and update plans.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 09/01/04 FY2000: Protect 2,323 acres and provide 1,778 HUs. Protect avg. of 1,500 HUs/yr. 94.0%
2 10/01/99 09/01/04 FY2000: Enhance 962 acres. FY2001: Enhance 1,278 acres. Enhance avg. of 900 acres/yr. 3.0%
3 06/01/98 No net loss of HUs. FY2000: Main-tain 962 acres and 1,413 HUs. 2.0%
4 06/01/97 Net gain of wetland habitat . FY2000:Monitor and evaluate habitat on 3,285 acres. 1.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Includes funds for three tribes and one state agency. $ 87,890
Fringe No greater than 33%. $ 36,859
Supplies Includes, maps, film and film processing, photocopies, and continuous communications costs. $ 10,500
Operating Includes maintenance activities on existing Albeni Falls mitigation parcels acquired in FY 97-99. $ 47,000
Capital Includes funds for conservation easements and fee-title acquisitions. $3,640,000
NEPA Cultural resource surveys. $116,150
Travel Includes mileage and per diem for three tribes and one state agency. $ 21,450
Indirect Overhead rate: 25% $155,537
Other Includes enhancement costs for parcels acquired in FY 97-99. $ 70,000
Subcontractor $232,300
Total Itemized Budget $4,417,686

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $4,417,686
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $4,417,686
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
Henderson Family Trust Property clean-up, sign and trail construction, trail maintenance, and vegetation planting. $ 5,000 unknown
Clark Fork High School Vegetation planting, artificial nest structure maintenance. $ 5,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000
Total Outyear Budgets $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Critical constraints include the willingness of landowners to sell land for appraised value; increases in land values; listed properties being sold prior to the Work Group acquiring BPA funding; subcontractors behind schedule; and equipment failure.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Bonneville Power Administration. 1997. Wildlife mitigation program final environmental impact statement. DOE/EIS - 0246. U.S. Department of Energy, Portland, OR. No
__________. 1996. Albeni Falls wildlife management plan final environmental assessment. DOE/EA - 2939. U.S. Department of Energy, Portland, OR. No
Bursik, R.J. and R.K. Moseley. 1995. Ecosystem conservation strategy for Idaho panhandle peatlands. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Boise, ID. No
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority. 1998. Guidelines for enhancement, operation, and maintenance activities for wildlife mitigation projects. Wildlife Caucus. No
Dahl, T.E. 1990. Wetlands--Losses in the United States, 1780’s to 1980’s. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Report to Congress, Washington, D.C. No
Hays, R.L., C. Summers, W. Seitz. 1981. Estimating wildlife habitat variables. U.S. Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. No
Jankovsky-Jones, M. 1997. Conservation strategy for northern Idaho wetlands. Conservation Data Center, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Boise, ID. No
Martin, R.C., L.A. Mehrhoff, J.E. Chaney, and S. Sather-Blair. 1985. Status review of wildlife mitigation at 14 of 27 major hydroelectric projects in Idaho. Project 83-478. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR. No
Martin, R.C., H.J. Hansen, and G.A. Meuleman. 1988. Albeni Falls wildlife protection, mitigation, and enhancement plan. Proj. 87-43. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR. No
Northwest Power Planning Council. 1995. Columbia river basin fish and wildlife program, 1995 amendments. NPPC, Portland, OR. No
Payne, N.F. 1992. Techniques for wildlife habitat management of wetlands. McGraw-Hill, Inc. No
Soil Conservation Service. 1992. 1992 National resources inventory tables. United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, Boise, ID No
U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1979. Forester’s guide to aerial photo interpretation. Agriculture Handbook No. 308. No
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1960. Supplementary follow-up report, Albeni Falls Project, Idaho. No
__________. 1980. Habitat evaluation procedures. Ecological Services Manual 102. U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. No
U.S. Forest Service. 1988. Managing competing and unwanted vegetation: final environmental impact statement. Pacific Northwest Region. Portland,OR. No
Washington Water Power. 1998. Protection, mitigation and enhancement measures to be appended to the Clark Fork Settlement Agreement. No

Section 7. Abstract


Reviews and Recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

ISRP Preliminary Review , ISRP 99-2 Recommendation:
Fund for one year
Jun 15, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Recommendation: Fund for one year. Subsequent funding contingent on a better description of the maintenance and monitoring methods, as noted in the ISRP's FY99 report, Appendix A, page 65-66. This proposal may have been adequate for the requested multi-year funding if the proposal had provided this information.

Comments: This is a proposal to acquire either through purchase or conservation agreements additional wetlands for wildlife conservation purposes in the Pend Oreille drainage, enhancement of already protected lands, routine maintenance of already protected lands, and monitoring and evaluation of protection and enhancement measures. Potential acquisition sites are selected through a prioritization process including an initial habitat evaluation and identification of potential enhancement requirements or opportunities, enhancement activities are performed using somewhat standardized techniques to improve habitat quality and wildlife abundance, and monitoring and evaluation conducted by subsequent habitat evaluation. This is a very logical and rational approach. The only drawback of this approach is that it does not consider potential conflicts between expansion of wetland habitats (e.g., lake level) and fisheries mitigation issues. These are probably best resolved, however, on a case by case basis.

The proposal is for a 5-year time frame, having assumed its qualification for multi-year funding. It has been in operation since 1990. The proposal references the FWP and 4 other plans. The work is related to two other BPA projects and one non-BPA one. It follows the mitigation status and management plan established early in the project (1995-96). There have been good accomplishments (planning first then habitat unit protection). The objectives and tasks are good: obtain, enhance, maintain, monitor. Most of the expensive project is for possible land acquisitions. There is a small amount of cost sharing. There is a good (if long) abstract, good background, and good rationale. There are clear relationships to other projects. The project history, however, is not focused on the project, which gets just one paragraph. Although the multi-year costing may seem presumptuous, it is a good approach. The project might qualify. Objectives and methods are good. No resumes for staff are provided but are needed.

As the ISRP commented in its FY99 review (page 65-66), the description of methods for maintenance and monitoring continue to be inadequate. This proposal could still use more detail on planned maintenance and monitoring. The proposed budget is high and should be examined to determine if costs are reasonable. There is unspecified subcontractor activity.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999

CBFWA: Watershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
Technically Sound? No
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Very expensive project on a per-acre basis.

Explain how this project fits into a watershed context.

Enhancement activities described are very general.

Provide more discrete milestones. Align the proposal with what can realistically be accomplished.

CBFWA: Wildlife Committee Comments Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]

CBFWA: Wildlife Committee Comments Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Proponent reduction

NWPPC Funding Recommendation , NWPPC 2000-6 Recommendation:
Mar 1, 2000
[Decision made in 9-22-99 Council Meeting]

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
Sponsor (IDFG) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

Sponsor (IDFG) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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