Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 200002500

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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Budgets for planning/design phase
Section 5. Budgets for construction/implementation phase
Section 6. Budgets for operations/maintenance phase
Section 7. Budgets for monitoring/evaluation phase
Section 8. Budget Summary

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Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Eagle Lakes Ranch Acquisition and Restoration
BPA Project Proposal Number 200002500
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR)
Business acronym (if appropriate) USFWS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Randy Hill
Mailing Address PO Drawer F
City, State, Zip Othello WA 99344
Phone 5094882668
Fax 5094880705
Manager of program authorizing this project Robert Flores
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Mainstem Columbia
Short Description Protect and restore proper function to shrub steppe and wetland habitats to offset losses due to hydropower development on the Columbia River system.
Target Species

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

Biological Outcomes of this project: With the purchase through easement of development and grazing rights, as well as the purchase in fee for management of lands for wildlife purposes, restoration of more than 5,000 acres of native shrub steppe is expected. Recovery of the native grass and shrub components will promote healthier populations of shrub steppe obligate species, many of which are currently Federal Species of Concern. The contiguous nature of this tract is conducive to recovery of species requiring large patches of habitat, such as Sage Grouse and Sage Sparrow. The removal of invasive plants in both upland and wetland/riparian habitats, and replacement with native plant species, will restore long-term health for a sustainable natural system. Riparian-associated migrant landbirds, many of which are also Species of Concern, are expected to increase as layered native woody species harboring diverse insect populations begin to dominate.
Biological Data: Because the area has remained in private ownership for more than 30 years, much of the value attributed to the area is from casual visits by biologists over the years, anecdotal information from other visitors, and views from bordering areas. Few data sets exist other than fall/winter waterfowl surveys, a few other flights, and a short segment of a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route that crosses the south end of the property. Among the first tasks to complete will be Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) analysis, new aerial photography, a comprehensive vegetation and wildlife inventory, and establishment of Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) stations that will be used as a baseline for evaluating the effectiveness of restoration activities, and to validate proposed mitigation credits.

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
2000 Funding Agreement between USFWS and TCF
2000 Contaminant Survey (no higher level surveys required)
2000 Two Appraisals (USFWS and TCF)
2000 Purchase Agreement has been executed with landowner
2000 Letter of Intent from FWS Director to prioritize LWCF purchase

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information

Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Pre-acquisition planning process for purchase of Eagle Lakes Ranch a. develop Preliminary Project Proposal (this amount has not been contracted and is requested to be carried forward to FY2001) two $ 3,600  
(pre-acquisition planning assumes 32% BPA and 68% USFWS cost-share) b. Complete public involvement process (not contracted, carry forward to FY2001) two $ 6,800  
c. Land Acquisition Planning document (not contracted, carry forward to FY2001) two $ 20,200  
d. NEPA document and review (carry forward from FY2000) two $ 5,000  
e. MOA between BPA and USFWS-CNWR is in final stages of development one $ 0  
2. Evaluate conditions a. Conduct detailed baseline inventories: engineering, riparian, wetland, upland vegetation, weeds, wildlife, T&E species (carry through from FY2000) two $ 62,000  
b. HEP analysis (carry forward) one $ 2,000  
c. Complete evaluation reports (carry forward from FY2000) one $ 20,000  
3. Develop restoration plans a. Work with DU, WDFW, and other appropriate local, State, and Federal entities (carry forward from FY2000) one $ 5,000  
b. Wetland Restoration Plan (carry forward from FY2000) one $ 7,000  
c. Riparian Restoration Plan (carry forward from FY2000) one $ 10,000  
d. Upland Restoration Plan (carry forward from FY2000) one $ 10,000  

Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information

Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$ 5,000 $ 5,000 $ 5,000 $ 30,000

Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Land protection a. Purchase land in fee (LWCF, USFWS and TCF provide remaining $2.1 million) includes carry forward from FY2000 one $1,390,500 x
b. Purchase conservation easements for private portion ($1.5 million from MBCF and TCF) one $ 0 x
2. Implement Restoration Projects a. Riparian restoration five $ 10,000  
(FWS cost-share match) b. Upland restoration five $ 12,500  
c. Wetland restoration four $ 4,500  
d. Boundary posting one $ 2,000  
e. Weed control ten $ 9,200  
f. NEPA one $ 3,200  

Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information

Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$200,000 $340,000 $230,000 $675,000

Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-based Budget

n/a or no information

Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information

Outyear Budgets for Operations and Maintenance Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004
$ 30,000 $ 10,000 $ 20,000

Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Monitor restoration areas a. plant and habitat photo/transects ten $ 5,000  
(FWS cost-share match) b. bird point counts/MAPS stations ten $ 10,000  
c. small mammal trapping/bat netting ten $ 2,000  
d. reptile and amphibian surveys twice $ 3,000  
2. Evaluate restoration success a. aerial photography (outyear) one $ 0  
b. compare data to mitigation objectives five $ 0  
c. develop/apply adaptive management five $ 0  

Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information

Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$ 40,000 $ 30,000 $ 35,000 $ 25,000

Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: 2.0 $ 90,000
Fringe @30% $ 27,000
Supplies GPS, binoculars, traps, nets, photography $ 10,600
Travel Portland Office personnel $ 3,000
Capital truck for field work $ 20,000
NEPA printing, postage, room rental $ 1,000
Personnel FTE: .55 $ 20,000
Fringe @30% $ 6,000
Supplies herbicide, boundary posts and signs $ 12,200
Capital $5 million land purchase (see subcontractor) $ 0
NEPA EAs for implementation, cultural resources $ 3,200
Subcontractor Purchase of land $1,390,500
Personnel FTE: .4 $ 15,000
Fringe @30% $ 4,500
Supplies monitoring markers, nets $ 500
Total Itemized Budget $1,603,500

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $1,603,500
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $285,000
Total FY 2001 budget request $1,318,500
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $750,000
% change from forecast 75.8%

Reason for change in estimated budget

There were few details on funding sources & scope of project when first proposed in 12/98. Boundaries & scope of the project have since changed. A majority of the purchase now will come from USFWS sources, but reimbursement schedule to TCF for purchase is shorter, & due to changes in fee boundaries, NRCS funding will not be available as BPA funding is applied only to fee lands. Public access areas are more secure with new boundaries bordering a paved road, which will increase political support for the acquisition. The ISRP recommended to fund, but project not fully funded for 2000 & postponed due to unspent WWMA funds ($285K), which carried forward to 2000. Some of these funds (up to $30K) to be spent in 2000, remainder in 2001 for pre-acquisition & purchase. Because the purchase period was shortened and must be completed by 1/2001 with funds planned for 2000-2, most of 2001 restoration is delayed to 2002. Request is consistent with total amount requested for 2000-1. *See cover.

Reason for change in scope

See above. Fee boundaries have changed since the original application, and there is a greater urgency to complete reimbursement for purchase (by 1/2001). Funding sources from USFWS and through TCF also have different stipulations that will make the project more politically acceptable.

Cost Sharing

Not applicable

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Planning and design $ 30,000 $ 5,000 $ 5,000 $ 5,000
Construction/implementation $675,000 $340,000 $230,000 $200,000
Operations and maintenance $ 0 $ 10,000 $ 20,000 $ 30,000
Monitoring and evaluation $ 25,000 $ 30,000 $ 35,000 $ 40,000
Total Outyear Budgets $730,000 $385,000 $290,000 $275,000

Other Budget Explanation

Not applicable

Reviews and Recommendations

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