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Proposal 199701900: Evaluate the Life History of Native Salmonids in the Malheur Subbasin

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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative
Section 2: Project Location
Section 3: Project Species
Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Section 5: Relationship to Other Projects
Section 6: Biological Objectives
Section 7: Work Elements
Section 8: Budget
Section 9: Project Future
Section 10: Documents
Part 2. Reviews
Part 1 of 2. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status Form Generator
July 13, 2006 Finalized Lawrence Schwabe

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199701900
Proposal Name: Evaluate the Life History of Native Salmonids in the Malheur Subbasin
BPA Project Manager: Joe Deherrera
Agency, Institution or Organization: Burns Paiute Tribe
Short Description: The proposed project is to collect critical information for the effective management of native salmonids in the Malheur River Subbasin. The project will identify and provide a monitoring and evaluation plan to track population trend of native salmonids.
Information Transfer:
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Lawrence Schwabe Burns Paiute Tribe 100 Pasigo St.
Burns OR 97720
Ph: 541.573.1375
Fax: 541.573.7806
Email: lschwabe@centurytel.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Lawrence Schwabe Burns Paiute Tribe 100 Pasigo St.
Burns OR 97720
Ph: 541.573.1375
Fax: 541.573.7806
Email: lschwabe@centurytel.net
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Middle Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Malheur ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Malheur River Subasin Grant, Baker, Harney, Malheur, Oregon Malheur No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Bull Trout
Interior Redband Trout

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 In progress: Document subadult migratory behavior in the Upper Malheur River, population genetic analysis of upper Malheur, distribution on Snowshoe Creek, population survey Hunter and Tureman Creek, habitat survey 15 miles of stream
2004 Fish population for Corral Basin, distribution of brook/bull trout in Big Creek, documented changes in distribution of bull/brook in Lake and Meadow Fork, documented hybridization upper Meadow Fork/Big Creeks, developed Bi-op for Beulah/Malheur Sub Plan
2003 Document subadult bull trout summer utilization of habitat in the North Fork Malheur River, distribution of allopatric and sympatric population of brook/bull trout in Lake Creek and Meadow Fork, documented hybridization with brook and bull trout in Lake C
2002 Determine length at age for bull trout in the North Fork, 7.3 km of stream habitat survey, Logan Valley stream temperature database, determined the use of cold water refugia areas, fish presence at the Malheur River Mitigation Site
2001 Documented seasonal bull trout migration behavior on upper Malheur River, redband genetic analysis on North Fork Malheur, population estimate for Summit Creek and McCoy Creek, fish surveys on 6 Malheur River tributaries.
2000 11.86 miles of habitat assessment, population estimate on Bosonberg Creek, change in spill operations due to entrainment
1999 determined the seasonal migration for adult bull trout in the North Fork population, timing and critical bull trout spawning areas that led to allotment use changes, angling change, documented entrainment rates of bull trout over Agency Valley Dam
1998 30 miles of habitat assessment, fish surveys in three drainages with documented bull trout utilization in unknown habitats, determine areas of cold water refugia with us of FLIR videography.
1997 17 miles of stream survey on Summit Creek.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source) There are no projects related to this proposal.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Bull trout recovery Use strategies consistent with Bull Trout Recovery Plan (USFWS 2002). Malheur Strategy - 1) Develop a genetic management plan, 2) Design and implement a standardized monitoring program to assess the effectiveness of recovery efforts affecting bull trout and their habitats. 76, 105
Determine Status of Redband Trout The objective is to fill in data gaps about redband trout in the Malheur River Subbasin identified as part of the aquatic assessment. Little is known about redband populations, distribution, genetic composition, and degree of hybridization with introduced rainbow trout. Malheur Strategy - Genetic Studies Strategy - Data Gap on the spatial and seasonal distribution Strategy 78, 79, 95, 101
Develop Redband Trout Strategy Develop a redband trout strategy based on more complete information. Malheur Strategy - Develop Strategy to Prevent Decline or Enhance Redband Populations 79, 95, 101
Out of Subbasin Obstructions Mitigate for the loss of anadromous fish species in the Malheur Subbasin through substitution programs that emphasize the long-term sustainability of native resident fish in native habitats wherever possible. Malheur Strategy - Evaluate and Recommend Substitution Projects 43, 79

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Coordination Public and Agency Coordination Coordinate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and US Forest Service and develop Redband Trout Strategies and a final M&E Plan. Share data locally and regionally. Present project results to federal, tribal and state agencies, watershed councils, and students. Prepare and submit journal articles. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $66,610
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull trout recovery
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Develop Redband Trout Strategy
Out of Subbasin Obstructions
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Inventory or Assessment Develop additional redband trout protection and recovery strategies. Develop a more detailed redband trout strategies based on the population, distribution, and genetic data collected. Identification of new strategies shall be recommended as amendments to the Subbasin Plan at the appropriate time. 1/1/2008 3/31/2010 $53,998
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop Redband Trout Strategy
Out of Subbasin Obstructions
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Develop final Malheur River Native Salmonid Monitoring and Evaluation Plan [Work Element Description Not Entered] 4/1/2008 3/31/2010 $61,299
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull trout recovery
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Out of Subbasin Obstructions
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual Report Comply and produce all necessary reports and documentation to Bonneville Power Administration as identified in the annual contractual agreement. 4/1/2008 3/31/2010 $197,825
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull trout recovery
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Develop Redband Trout Strategy
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Redband Genetic Analysis: US Fish and Wildlife Service Subcontract A subcontractor will analyze the redband trout genetic samples submitted. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Abernathy Fish Technology Center is the proposed subcontractor. The budget is set for a total of 2,240 samples collected from 56 suspected populations of redband trout at $48/sample. 11/7/2007 3/31/2009 $107,520
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Develop Redband Trout Strategy
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Bull Trout Spawning Surveys [Work Element Description Not Entered] 8/15/2007 10/31/2009 $66,610
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull trout recovery
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Field Collection of Redband Trout Tissue Samples [Work Element Description Not Entered] 7/1/2007 11/30/2008 $79,735
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Develop Redband Trout Strategy
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Population Assessment [Work Element Description Not Entered] 7/1/2007 11/30/2007 $82,519
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Population Assessment: Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife Subcontract Local personnel from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife district office expressed great interest in this project. This subcontract is to fund field crews that will accompany Tribal crews in this cooperative effort. 7/1/2007 11/30/2007 $34,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Population Trend Data [Work Element Description Not Entered] 7/1/2008 11/30/2009 $82,774
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine Status of Redband Trout
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Stream Habitat Assessment [Work Element Description Not Entered] 5/1/2009 12/31/2009 $64,426
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop Redband Trout Strategy
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop a draft Malheur River Subbasin Native Salmonid Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Develop a draft M&E Plan for the Malheur River Subbasin. Coordinate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and determine responsibilities and commitments from the entities in maintaining these long term sites. 7/1/2007 3/31/2008 $25,222
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull trout recovery
Determine Status of Redband Trout
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel salaries $109,298 $105,345 $109,559
Fringe Benefits retire, medical, etc. $56,071 $55,162 $56,012
Travel field per diem, training $6,136 $6,136 $2,336
Overhead 29.5% Indirect $60,321 $58,886 $58,590
Supplies vehicle lease, gas, office supplies, field supplies $32,972 $32,972 $31,222
Other Genetic Subcontractor $53,760 $53,760 $ 0
Other ODFW Subcontract $34,000 $ 0 $ 0
Totals $352,558 $312,261 $257,719

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$922,538
Total Work Element budget$922,538

Cost sharing
Funding Source or Organization Item or Service Provided FY 2007 Est Value ($) FY 2008 Est Value ($) FY 2009 Est Value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$40,000 $ 0 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date
Fix-it Loop Documents
Documents Originally Submitted with this Proposal

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
No changes were made to this proposal


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$352,558
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$312,261
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$257,719
Total NPCC Rec
$922,538
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments:


NPCC Draft Funding Recommendations (September 15, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$352,558
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$312,261
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$257,719
Total NPCC Rec
$922,538
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
NPCC Comments:

Local or MSRT Comments: No change to proposed budget


Independent Scientific Review Panel Final Review (August 31, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Fundable
Comments: The proposal included some evidence of progress since the provincial reviews that was reinforced by material provided in the response. The response indicated to reviewers that the project is making progress toward the goal of understanding the needs of Malheur native salmonids to enable protection and restoration of their habitat. The sponsors have submitted one manuscript on previous work, and the project effort is being re-directed with more focus on redband trout than on bull trout.

Reviewers empathize over the slow growth of woody riparian vegetation at study sites after livestock grazing has been eliminated. This might be the time to reconsider whether willows, which have shown similar "stunting" elsewhere when harsh winter conditions apparently lead to desiccation if not snow-covered, are the best species.

Other components of the project such as bull trout redd counting and the 180-site (one-fifth then to be re-sampled annually over 5 years) sampling effort to assess salmonid status throughout the subbasin, seem generally appropriate and adequately designed from the brief summaries provided in the response. Biological Objective #4, to gather habitat data on 30 sites, will only yield valuable results if it is done in combination with fish assessment and if it is set up to test which possible limiting factor (based on a very short list compiled from the literature and other BPT studies) is actually regulating the population at each site. For the redband trout genetic work, it is not clear the proposed number of sites to be sampled and the number of fish to be used are sufficient for detecting meaningful differences/trends. This should be established before on-the-ground implementation takes place.

Reviewers repeat the suggestion that interaction, if not already occurring, with personnel of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Native Snake River Salmonid Assessment project 199800200 should be of value to sponsors of this project.


Independent Scientific Review Panel Preliminary Review (June 2, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: The proposal includes some evidence of progress since the provincial reviews. The sponsors have submitted one manuscript on previous work, and the project effort is being re-directed with more focus redband trout than on bull trout. This is responsive to the ISRP previous comment that they move on.

However, in sum, the proposal does not give a clear indication of a strong consistent program making significant progress. The basic objectives of protecting and restoring native fish and their habitat are clear and appropriate; however, the project seems to be progressing very slowly. Much of the proposed work is still involved in setting work plans. The proposal does not provide complete enough information to evaluate the benefit to fish and wildlife.

Similarly, the proposal reports results of previous work that focus on preparing annual reports rather than increased scientific information leading to actions to benefit native fish. There is little indication of results to date and little or nothing on limiting factors. No specific information is given on fish populations and habitat and their change over time as a result of project actions. A response should indicate how the information obtained in the past has been used and how it has influenced the direction of the current proposed work.

A response should also address how each of the objectives and their associated work elements will be used. Justification for the number of sites to be sampled and the number of fish used in the genetic work should be provided. Some probabilistic sampling is proposed; however, more details about the proposed plan for a developing monitoring and evaluation plan are necessary. Specifically, what will be monitored, what type of evaluation is proposed, and what adaptive management strategies may result? How will the results of the project be shared? Plans for information transfer should be specified beyond preparation of an expensive annual report.

Project assessments should be linked to the IDFG Native Snake River Salmonid Assessment - 199800200.

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