BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal
Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget
see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations
Title of project
Hellsgate Big Game Winter Range
BPA project number 9204800
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Colville Confederated Tribes
Sponsor type WA-Tribe
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||Colville Confederated Tribes
P.O. Box 150
Nespelem, WA 99155
BPA technical contact Joe DeHerrera, EWP 503/231-6971
Biological opinion ID Interim Wildlife Agreement
NWPPC Program number 11.3F.5
Protect and enhance approximately 17,000 acres of upland shrub-stippe, forest habitat on the Colville Reservation.
Project start year 1992 End year
Start of operation and/or maintenance 2015
Project development phase Implementation
9506700 Adjoining Project Parts
Proposed in 1992 by the Colville Tribes as partial mitigation for Grand Coulee. To date the Project has protected about 5,000 acres of habitat.
Biological results achieved
The Project has permanently protected about 5,000 acres of big game winter range and habitat for a variety of other species.
Annual reports and technical papers
Hellsgate Winter Range Mitigation Project Long Term Management Plan, 1993.
Hellsgate Winter Range Wildlife Mitigation Evironmental Assessment, 1995.
Baseline HEP analysis of portion of protected properties is providing data for site specific management planning.
Specific measureable objectives
Complete and monitor protection and enhacement efforts over time.
Long term protection, management, and enhancement of project lands will provide increased biodiversity, improves soil, water and vegetation quality and quantity. Animal populations will benefit because of these actions.
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
Management and enhancement activities based on sound ecosystem concepts and adaptive management principles will lead to wildlife habitat improvement and maintenance. The chief constraint will be the amount and timing of funding to carryout program activities.
We are primarily in the implementation and protection phase. Methods, etc. will be developed during and following the completion of the site specific management plans.
Brief schedule of activities
1997: Continue proteciton and maintenance of project properties.
Continue development of site specific management plans.
1998-2001: Start enhancement and continue O & M phases. Start monitoring activities.
Many thousands of acres and their associated habitat units were lost due to inundation. This project will help mitigate some of those losses. It will provide benefits for the regions wildlife and fisheries far into the future.
Funding quantity and stability.
Summary of expected outcome
We expect this project to provide improved wildlife habitat and wildlife benefits, in perpetuity, for the Colville Tribes and the public in general.
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Availability of enhancement funds due to BPA market conditions. Otherwise things should go forward fairly well.
No project is without risk. However barring catastrophic wildfire or a prolonged drought period major risks should be minimal. The greatest risk would be loss of funding to manage and maintain the project.
Transects to evaluate vegetation changes. Plant survival monitoring on enhancements. Trend census of selected wildlife species. Some periodic HEP evaluations.
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
|New project - no FY96 data available||1997: 0|
* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.
CBFWA funding review group Wildlife
Recommendation Tier 2 - fund when funds available
Recommended funding level $0