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Proposal 199206200: Yakama Nation - Riparian/Wetlands Restoration

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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 14, 2006 Finalized Tracy Hames

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199206200
Proposal Name: Yakama Nation - Riparian/Wetlands Restoration
BPA Project Manager: Jay Marcotte
Agency, Institution or Organization: Yakama Confederated Tribes
Short Description: Continue implementation on YN Wetlands/Riparian Restoration Project by protecting and restoring native floodplain habitats along anadromous fish-bearing waterways in the agricultural area of the Yakama Reservation (~2,000 acres per year).
Information Transfer: Project information is transfered through presentations at symposia, publication (peer reviewed and popular), field tours and workshops.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Tracy Hames Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation 4690 Star Route 22 P.O. Box 151
Toppenish WA 98948-0151
Ph: 509.865.5121
Fax: 509.865.3619
Email: tracyhames@yakama.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Tracy Hames Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation 4690 Star Route 22 P.O. Box 151
Toppenish WA 98948-0151
Ph: 509.865.5121
Fax: 509.865.3619
Email: tracyhames@yakama.com
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Yakima ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
+/- 46 30 00 +/- 120 30 00 Yakima River Toppenish Creek, Satus Creek The floodplain areas of the anadromous fish-bearing rivers and streams in the agricultural portion of the Yakama Reservation. Yakima, Washington Yakima Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Other Anadromous
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
Wetland and Riparian-dependant Wildlife

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Acquired portions of the Lower Satus, South Lateral A, and other wildlife areas (totalling 1,275 acres). Continued upland native habitat restoration work on 444 acres. Burned 1,000 acres of cured Russian olive debris.
2004 Acquired portions of the Campbell Road, Lower Satus and other wildlife areas (totalling 1,340 acres). Removed Russian olive on 1,000 acres of wetland. Continued upland restoration on >250 acres. Continued biological control of purple loosestrife.
2003 Acquired portions of the Satus and other wildlife areas (totalling 1,277 acres). Continued upland native habitat restoration on >350 acres. Began biological control of purple looselife.
2002 Acquired portions of the Old Gooldendale, Toppenish Creek Pumphouse, and other wildlife areas (totalling 1,041 acres). Continued upland native habitat restoration on 605 acres.
2001 Continued acquisition of Meninick Wildlife Area properties and other properties (3,000 acres). Continued 1,200 acres of wetland restoration on Satus Wildlife Area, Mosebar Pond and Wanity Slough properties, and upland habitat restoration on 650 acres.
2000 Acquired portions of Meninick Wildlife Area and other properties (3,200 acres). Continued upland native habitat restoration on 320 acres.
1999 Acquired Lower Satus property (2,500 acres). Began restoration on North Satus, Mosebar Pond, Wanity Slough and Toppenish Pumphouse properties.
1998 Acquired portions of North Satus, Mosebar Pond, Wanity Slough, Toppenish Pumphouse, and Yost Road properties (3,415 acres). Completed 2,000 acres of wetlands restoration on Satus Wildlife Area and 120 acres of other properties.
1997 Began land securing process for all or portions of Lower Satus, North Satus, Mosebar Pond, Wanity Slough, Toppenish Pumphouse and Yost Road properties. Continued native habitat restoration of South Lateral A, Satus and Wapato Wildlife Area properties.
1996 Acquired Wapato Wildlife Area property (660 acres). Began restoration activities on Satus Wildlife Area and Wapato Wildlife Area properties and began native grass restoration on South Lateral A property.
1995 Acquired Satus Wildlife Area property (3,800 acres). Restored >200 acres of wetlands on South Lateral A property.
1994 Acquired South Lateral A property on Toppenish Creek (430 acres).
1993 Developed implementation plan and identified 15 priority areas for inclusion into the project. The total protection goal was set at 27,000 acres. Project programmatic NEPA work completed and FONSI signed.
1992 Obtained pre-design funding for implementation plan.
1991 Completed initial project plan including Habitat Evaluations Procedures (HEP) estimates for the Project Area.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
Other: Yakama Nation [no entry] Public Hunting Program Directly complements the Project by generating over $100,000 annually in hunting fees, which is contributed exclusively to wildlife habitat management activities within the Project area.
BPA 199603501 Satus Creek Watershed Restorat Directly complements this project by protecting and restoring Satus Creek floodplain habitats in the lower portion of the watershed. Some of the restoration projects occurring under the Satus project occur on lands protected by the project being proposed here.
BPA 199705300 Toppenish/Simcoe Instream Flow Directly complements this project by protecting and restoring floodplain habitats in the lower portion of this Project's area. This project's smolt trapping efforts occur on properties protected by the project being proposed here.
BPA 199803300 Upper Toppenish Creek Watershe Directly complements this project by protecting and restoring Toppenish Creek floodplain habitats in the lower portion of the watershed.
BPA 199901300 Ahtanum Creek Watershed Assess Directly complements this project by protecting and restoring floodplain habitats adjacent to this project's area.
BPA 200201400 Sunnyside Wildlife Mitigation Directly complements this project by protecting and restoring floodplain habitats adjacent to this project's area.
Other: private Laird Norton Riparian Restoration and Beaver Reintroduction Directly complements the project by relocating nuisance beaver from agricultural areas in Lower Yakima Valley to mid-elevation watersheds of Toppenish and Satus Creeks to restore riparian function and reduce sediment loss. Beaver relocations will occur in or upstream of Project areas of Satus Creek (Area 11) and Lower Satus (Area 4). Funding source is also USFWS Tribal Wildlife Grant.
Other: USFWS TLIP Shrub-steppe Rehabilitation and Management Directly complements this Project by restoring upland shrub-steppe habitats that are immediately adjacent and in the Satus and Toppenish watersheds. Upland restoration increases wildlife habitat and reduces invasive species in degraded areas.
Other: USFWS TLIP Restoration of Shrub-steppe Habitat and Assessment of Habitat Suitability for Reintroducing Sharp-tailed Grouse Directly complements the Project by restoring upland shrub-steppe habitats that are adjacent to and in the Satus and Toppenish watersheds. Uplands restoration increases wildlife habitat within the watersheds and reduces invasive plant species from degraded areas.
Other: USFWS TLIP Restoration of Shrub-steppe Habitat and Assessment of Habitat Suitability for Reintroducing Sharp-tailed Grouse Directly complements the Project by restoring upland shrub-steppe habitats that are adjacent to and in the Satus and Toppenish watersheds. Uplands restoration increases wildlife habitat within the watersheds and reduces invasive plant species from degraded areas.
Other: USFWS TLIP Restoration of Upland and Riparian Shrub-Steppe Habitats on the Yakama Reservation Directly complements the Project by restoring upland shrub-steppe habitats in Satus and Toppenish Creek watersheds by reintroducing native grasses and forbs to degraded areas. Nuisance beaver from Lower Yakima Valley agricultural areas will be trapped and moved to riparian sites on Toppenish and Satus Creeks to improve wetland function. The beaver relocations will occur in or upstream of Project areas of Satus Creek (Area 11) and Lower Satus (Area 4).
Other: NRCS WHIP North White Swan Rd. Restoration Directly complements the Project by protecting riparian areas from trespass cattle and restoring native grasses and shrubs to floodplain habitats. The restoration occurs the Simcoe Creek floodplain (Other Areas) of this Project.
Other: NRCS WHIP Clements Property Restoration Directly complements the Project by recreating and reconnecting side channels and removing dikes on Toppenish Creek. The restoration occurs on Cambell Road (Area 9) of the Project area.
Other: NRCS WHIP Buck Little Restoration Directly complements the Project by restoring native grasses and controls invasive species. Management occurs on the Campbell Road (Area 9) of the Project area.
Other: NRCS WHIP Lawrence Property Restoration Directly complements the Project by restoring native grasses and controlling invasive species. Management occurs within the Other Areas (Area 11) described in the Project.
Other: NRCS WHIP Pumphouse Road Restoration Directly complements the project by conducting upland habitat restoration within the Project area. Invasive species will be controlled and native grasses and shrubs reintroduced to this floodplain habitat on the Old Goldendale (Area 10) Project area.
Other: NRCS WRP Wetlands Reserve Program Three projects have occurred within the Project area improving over 3,000 acres of floodplain habitat by creating water control structures and reconnecting sidechannels that were degraded by former agricultural practices. The improved Project areas are Satus Wildlife Area (Area 2), Mosebar Pond (Area 6) and 3.5 miles of Toppenish Creek (affecting Areas 1, 8 and 9).

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Land Securing Secure available floodplain properties (1-3,000 acres per year) until 27,000 acres are included in the project. Yakima Use purchase, lease or easement to secure lands for protection and restoration. S 22-23
Monitor ecological parameters Monitor ecological parameters of secured properties to ensure that the desired functional conditions are maintained. Yakima Conduct monitoring activities on protection and restoration areas to ensure that the ecological functions and habitat benefits are maintained. S 22-23
Operation and Maintenence Operate and Manage all secured properties to maintain protected and restored ecologically functional conditions in perpetuity. Yakima Conduct management activities on protection and restoration areas to ensure that the ecological functions and habitat benefits are maintained. S 22-23
Protect and Restore Habitat Protect and restore all secured properties to realize ecologically functional conditions (including aquatic and terrestrial conditions) by 2020. Yakima Reconnect the hydrology of the properties so that floodplain interaction can occur. Use fish-friendly water level control structures to mimic normative conditions. S22-23

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Identify and Select Projects Identify, Prioritize, and Select Habitat Project Areas Identify, prioritize, and select potential project sites using as guidance the Project's Predesign Management Plan (1984), watershed assessments, subbasin plans, assessments of availability, public outreaches, landowner contacts, interagency communications, and personal observations. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $43,365
Biological Objectives Metrics
Land Securing
No Metrics for this Work Element

02: Coordination Tribal Council and Landowner agreement Meet with and gain approval from appropriate YN Tribal Council Committees, programs, and landowners for including identified properties into the project. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $43,365
Biological Objectives Metrics
Land Securing
No Metrics for this Work Element

03: Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Conduct Pre-Lease Activities Conduct fair market appraisals and develop lease/easement agreements for approved land parcels. Fair market appraisals are required when securing properties into the project. These are conducted according to Federal standards. Leases are developed according to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) governing the BIA leasing process. Lease lengths are generally developed for a minimum of 25 years, with automatic renewal provisions included. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $59,837
Biological Objectives Metrics
Land Securing
No Metrics for this Work Element

04: Lease Land Obtain land through Lease/Easement Execute lease agreements for land to be included in the project. Projected amount of $800,000 to be spent on leases for year, based on remainder after operations are paid for. Also, this WE includes continuing to disburse funds from the land securing trust fund developed according to the 1996 YN?BPA Memorandum of Agreement, which is a separate account not included in this WE budget. This fund is used to generate annual funds for the payment of lease and irrigation obligations on lands secured by the project. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $2,573,614
Biological Objectives Metrics
Land Securing
* # of acres of new lease: 1,000 - 3,000 acres/yr

05: Produce Plan Develop Long-Term Site-Specific Management and Restoration Plans. Using the results of the archaeological, cultural and RM&E surveys, develop long-term plans for the management and restoration activities required on each property. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $106,844
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and Restore Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

06: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Conduct Archaeological and Cultural Surveys on Secured Properties Provide archaeological and cultural resource surveys on newly secured properties, and provide oversite on O&M and restoration activities. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $134,191
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and Restore Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

07: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Conduct Appropriate Permitting Activities. Conduct all necessary and appropriate activities related to obtaining environmental compliance for activities conducted on secured properties. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $32,038
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and Restore Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

08: Plant Vegetation Plant Upland Vegetation Native grasses will be planted on approximately 300 acres per year at selected properties. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $128,681
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and Restore Habitat
* # of acres of planted: 1-300 acres/yr

09: Manage and Administer Projects Manage implementation, maintenance, administrative activities Covers work to manage on the ground efforts, or to manage subcontractors associated with the project e. g., construction management. Also covers administrative work in support of on the ground efforts and in support of BPA's programmatic requirements such as metric reporting, financial reporting (e.g. accruals), and development of an SOW package (includes draft SOW, budget, spending plan, and inventory). 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $204,104
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and Restore Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

10: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Operate and Maintain Terrestrial Components of Project Perform O&M activities on terrestrial components of properties. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $273,447
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

11: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Operate and Maintain Aquatic Components of Project Perform O&M activities on aquatic components of properties. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $176,936
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Maintain Storage Facilities, Roads and Public Access Structures Perform O&M on equipment storage facilities, roads, public access infrastructure, and project equipment. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $408,371
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Maintain Vegetation Maintain Vegetation and Provide Weed Control on Properties Vegetation charactoristics will be maintained on properties. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $355,030
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

14: Investigate Trespass Investigate Tresspass Occurrences Perform monitoring on properties to identify human, livestock, and other tresspass situations. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $3,217
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

15: Conduct Controlled Burn Conduct Controlled Burn Each year the tule marsh is burned at the S. Lateral A property to maintain the high quality of the vegetation. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $6,434
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

16: Remove Debris Garbage Removal Garbage and/or other debris placed on properties will be removed. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $12,868
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

17: Outreach and Education Outreach and Education Conducting site tours for school groups, professional and agency personnel, and presenting project information at symposia, etc. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $6,435
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operation and Maintenence
No Metrics for this Work Element

18: Prepare HEP Report Conduct HEP Surveys. Baseline and periodic HEP surveys are conducted on properties as they are secured and approximately every 5 years thereafter. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $41,104
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor ecological parameters
No Metrics for this Work Element

19: Produce Plan Develop Monitoring Plans For Secured Properties. Develop monitoring and evaluation plans for each secured property. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $38,845
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor ecological parameters
No Metrics for this Work Element

20: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect Annual Data According to Monitoring Plans. Collect annual and periodic vegetative, hydrologic and wildlife data according to the plans developed for each property. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $220,375
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor ecological parameters
No Metrics for this Work Element

21: Produce Status Report Prepare and Submit Quarterly Reports Use Pisces process to provide periodic reports to BPA. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $3,217
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor ecological parameters
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $400,000 $425,000 $450,000
Fringe Benefits 22% of Personnel line $88,000 $93,500 $99,000
Other Professional Services (Hydrologic Monitoring) $30,000 $30,000 $30,000
Other Aerial Surveys $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Supplies Field and Office Supplies $40,000 $43,000 $46,000
Other GSA Vehicle Lease $42,000 $45,000 $48,000
Other Insurance $8,000 $9,000 $10,000
Travel Meetings w/BPA, etc, and Project info dissemination $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
Other Gas and Oil for Tractors, etc $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
Other Vehicle Repairs and Maintenence $30,000 $32,000 $36,000
Overhead Indirect Cost for above Line Items (18.89%) $123,163 $130,813 $138,842
Other Land Securing/Protection $800,000 $800,000 $800,000
Totals $1,575,163 $1,623,313 $1,673,842

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$4,872,318
Total Work Element budget$4,872,318

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
Audubon Society Provide manpower to monitor avian populations $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 In-Kind Confirmed
BIA Flood Mitigation Provide stream channel and wetland restoration $1,200,000 $600,000 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
North American Wetland Conservation Agreement Provide funds for wetland restoration $500,000 $500,000 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Pheasants Forever Purchase of native seed mixes used for native grass restoration $34,000 $33,000 $33,000 Cash Confirmed
U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program provides money for wetland and upland restoration $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 Cash Under Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture CREP funds will be used for wetland restoration and securing lands $2,000 $40,000 $60,000 Cash Under Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture WRP funds will be used for wetland restoration $ 0 $ 0 $200,000 Cash Under Development
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Wildlife Grants provide money for beaver translocations and native seed mixes $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 Cash Under Development
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge provide summer workers to assist in restoration and monitoring pr $17,000 $17,000 $17,000 In-Kind Confirmed
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants provide money to translocate and monitor beavers $16,000 $16,000 $16,000 Cash Under Development
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Land Incentive Program provides money for upland restoration in the Satus creek watershed $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 Cash Under Development
Washington Waterfowlers Association Provide volunteer manpower to assist with waterfowl and upland game banding projects $300 $300 $300 In-Kind Confirmed
Waterfowl Banding Volunteers Provide manpower to monitor avian populations $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Yakama Nation Public Hunting Provide habitat and public access management $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 Cash Confirmed
Totals $1,941,800 $1,378,800 $498,800

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$1,724,057 $1,775,778 Assumes a 3% increase per year, and $800,000 for land securing
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
O&M costs should stabilize at between $950,000 and $980,000 when the project meets its full implementation goal of 27,000 acres protected and restored.
 
Termination Date Comments
In Perpetuity BPA is contractually obligated to provide O&M funding for this project in perpetuity.
 
Final Deliverables
N/A

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
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund Pending Available Funds
NPCC Comments: Tier 2. Fund at a level consistent with ISRP comment during contracting when funds become available.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
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: See Washington guidance


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

Recommendation: Fundable
Comments: This is an important project working toward habitat conservation goals in some critical areas of the Yakima basin. Missing from the proposal was evidence of a strong biological monitoring component. The proposal stated that their website will be updated in FY 07 to include all the biological monitoring results, but reviewers requested an interim synthesis to show benefits to focal species and demonstrate restoration is working.

The proponents have gone to a lot of effort to provide a detailed response. The response effectively provided detail on M&E procedure and results of management activities on one management unit encompassing 440 acres (of a total of 20,000 acres in the project). The monitoring protocol described is that used on all management units. Impressive changes were shown in the time-series of aerial photos, photopoints, habitat cover type data, and bird density/diversity summaries. Those M&E methods seem appropriate and the data resulting indicates the project is achieving its wetland-related goals. If this is representative of what has been done and is planned for other management units, this portion of project could serve as a model for riparian/wetlands restoration.

Unfortunately only one table gave data on fish use of the restored habitat. On the other hand only one goal is directly concerned with anadromous fish. The Yakama Nation Fisheries Program has a fish-monitoring program underway, and it would be in the proponent's best interest to include more fisheries information, although reviewers appreciate there are often indirect (but important) ties to fish that can be assessed using habitat measures. They are encouraged include more fisheries information for their next submission.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: This is an important project and the habitat conservation goals in some critical areas of the Yakima basin are being achieved. What is missing is evidence of a strong biological monitoring component. The proposal states that their website will be updated in FY 07 to include all the biological monitoring results, but reviewers would benefit from an interim product which covers 1992-2005. Seven years of data might reveal trends to determine if the restoration is working. A synthesis should be provided in summary form in a response to show benefits to focal species.

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