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Proposal 199205900: Amazon Basin/Eugene Wetlands -

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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
Finalized Jason Nuckols

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199205900
Proposal Name: Amazon Basin/Eugene Wetlands -
BPA Project Manager: Dorothy Welch
Agency, Institution or Organization: Nature Conservancy
Short Description: Continue restoration and enhancement of Willow Creek Wildlife Wildlife Mitigation Area. Habitats being protected or restored include riparian zones of seasonal streams, wet prairie, upland prairie, forested wetland, oak woodland, and dry coniferous fores
Information Transfer: Information and data are consistently shared with a variety of partners in the Willamette Valley and elsewhere, including the West Eugene Wetlands Partnership which includes nine State, Federal and private organizations. Data collected during this project will be made available to other land managers and regulatory agencies through publications, symposia, and workshops. Vegetation maps and special status species data will be provided to the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center to be included in statewide vegetation and at-risk species coverages and made available on their web site.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Jason Nuckols The Nature Conservancy 87200 Rathbone Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402
Ph: 541-343-1010
Fax: 541-343-1737
Email: jnuckols@tnc.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Jason Nuckols The Nature Conservancy 87200 Rathbone Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402
Ph: 541-343-1010
Fax: 541-343-1737
Email: jnuckols@tnc.org
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Lower Columbia ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Willamette ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
44deg02'00" 123deg10'00" Willow Creek Located in the Willamette Valley ecoregion, situated at the margin of the valley floor on the western edge of Eugene. The site is in the Willow Creek watershed. Willow Creek is a tributary of Amazon Creek and the Long Tom River. Lane, Oregon Willamette Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
All Wildlife
Bradshaw's Lomatium, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Harrier, Willamette Valley Daisy, Fender's Blue Butterfly, Kincaid's Lupine, Vesper Sparrow, Western Bluebird, White-topped Aster, Western Meadowlark, Beaver, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-tailed Hawk, Valley Quail, Yellow Warbler, and Western Pond Turtle

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Expanded the implementation of restoration and enhancement actions to include the four new parcels acquired in 2004. Completed the largest prescribed burns to project date. Installed RAWS at project site.
2004 Acquired conservation easement over an additional 167 acres of habitat (Willow Creek total = 497 acres).
2003 Implementation of restoration and enhancement actions proposed in management plan.
2002 Implementation of restoration and enhancement actions proposed in management plan.
2001 Implementation of restoration and enhancement actions proposed in management plan. Completed baseline Habitat Evaluation on newly acquired tracts (99 acres). Performed follow-up Habitat Evaluation on 330 acres.
2000 Implementation of restoration and enhancement actions proposed in management plan.
1999 Implementation of restoration and enhancement actions proposed in management plan.
1998 Implementation of restoration and enhancement actions proposed in management plan.
1997 Implementation of restoration and enhancement actions proposed in management plan.
1996 Completed the Willow Creek wildlife management plan and Environmental Assessment proposing restoration and enhancement actions and wildlife mitigation credits that would be produced.
1995 Acquired conservation easement over 330 acres of habitat.

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: McKenzie River Trust [no entry] McKenzie and Long Tom River Acquisitions Complimentary habitat protection to improve the viability of focal species in the Willamette Basin
Other: USFWS [no entry] Fender's Blue Butterfly Monitoring Funded monitoring of Fender's blue butterfly at Willow Creek from 1993 to 2005
Other: LCOG [no entry] Rivers to Ridges Project Planning Developing a comprehensive natural area and open space plan for Eugene and Springfield to link critical habitats
Other: NWOIWMP [no entry] NW Oregon Invasive Weeed Partnership Partnership is working to advance invasive species management in NW Oregon through the Upper Willamette Cooperative Weed Management Area
Other: BLM [no entry] West Eugene Wetlands Partnership Partnership to maintain, enhance and restore over 2500 acres of wetland and wet prairie in west Eugene
Other: City of Eugene [no entry] West Eugene Wetlands Partnership Partnership to maintain, enhance and restore over 2500 acres of wetland and wet prairie in west Eugene
Other: Long Tom Watershed Council [no entry] West Eugene Wetlands Partnership Complimentary habitat protection to improve the viability of focal species in the Willamette Basin
BPA 199107800 Burlington Bottoms Wldlf Mitig Complimentary habitat protection to improve the viability of focal species in the Willamette Basin
BPA 199206800 Willamette Basin Mitigation Complimentary habitat protection to improve the viability of focal species in the Willamette Basin

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Improve population trend for focal species The overall objective is to significantly increase population trends of focal species, especially those listed under the Endangered Species Act, and the quantity and quality of connected habitats on which they depend. Willamette increase population trends of focal species (especially those listed under the Endangered Species Act) while supporting habitat objectives 5-8 to 5-17

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Bullfrog eradication Reduce adult bullfrogs in semi-permanent aquatic habitats 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $1,963
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Land Purchase Wire funds to escrow account BPA will wire funds to an escrow account for the property and execute the easement for the property. . 7/15/2008 8/1/2008 $475,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
* # of acres of new purchase/easement: 28 acres

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Complete a Hazardous Materials Survey and NEPA Bonneville Power Administration staff will complete a Phase I Hazardous Materials Survey of the property which will include gathering documents, conducting a literature and records review, site inspection and documentation. If any environmental conditions of concern are identified, a Phase II Hazardous Materials Survey will be complete. There are no improvements on the property – and as such no problems are anticipated. 4/1/2008 6/1/2008 $3,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Controlled Burn Prescribed burns in wet and upland prairie and oak habitats Consult with USFWS about T&E species within burn units, Mow fire breaks, coordinate with burn contractor and complete approximately six prescribed burns over approximately 110 acres. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $29,921
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Remove vegetation Ash Woodland Restoration Restore 30 acres of invaded wet prairie and woodland to wet prairie and ash savanna habitats. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $21,954
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
* # of acres treated: 30 acres

Remove vegetation Oak Woodland and Savanna Restoration Restore 35 acres of oak woodland and savanna. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $24,168
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
* # of acres treated: 35 acres

Remove vegetation Upland Prairie Restoration Restoration of Upland Prairie habitat identified in the Proposed Critical Habitat for Fender's blue butterfly 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $33,269
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
* # of acres treated: 65 acres

Investigate Trespass Defensibility Monitoring Work with volunteers to continue defensibility monitoring 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $1,919
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Vegetation Continued non-native vegetation control efforts Continue non-native vegetation control efforts on entire 497 acres; reduce or eliminate the top 10 problem non-native plant species and maintain areas previously treated. Mow to reduce flowering and seeding of problem non-native plant species and spot treat with herbicide where needed. Remove non-native woody vegetation that has encroached into native prairies and oak woodlands. In addition to manual and mechanical methods Bobcat mounted mowers will be used to target large stature weeds such as blackberry, broom, rose. pear and hawthorn. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $74,946
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Acquire Conservation Easement The Nature Conservancy will execute the escrow agreement with Bonneville Power Administration and the agreed upon conservation easement with the landowner. Legal documents will be recorded. 7/1/2008 7/15/2008 $1,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Ash and Oak Woodland Restoration An easement will be drafted based on easements executed in 2004 between The Nature Conservancy and Bonneville Power Administration for the Willow Creek Wildlife Management Area. Attorneys and real estate staff from The Nature Conservancy will review the easement with Bonneville Power Administration and update as necessary. 4/1/2008 5/1/2009 $1,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Complete a Fair Market Value Appraisal of the Property The Nature Conservancy will contract for a Fair Market Value appraisal conducted to federal appraisal standards with a BPA approved appraiser. 5/1/2008 6/1/2008 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Complete an estimate of Project HU’s The Nature Conservancy will contract with qualified wildlife biologists to develop a preliminary HEP assessment of the property to incorporate into the draft a Memorandum of Agreement between the Bonneville Power Administration and The Nature Conservancy. 4/1/2008 6/1/2008 $2,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Prepare HEP Report Complete a HEP assessment of the Property The Nature Conservancy will contract with qualified wildlife biologists to develop a final HEP assessment of the property to set baseline conditions, and help identify management needs for the property. The habitat evaluation will be conducted to BPA approved standards. Wildlife habitat mitigation credits will be determined for protection of the habitat and possible habitat enhancement based on assessments of alternative future habitat management goals for the property. 6/1/2008 8/1/2008 $3,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Other Complete Realty Package Bonneville Power Administration staff will complete their internal Realty package for the easement including completing NEPA checklist, reviewing the appraisal and title report, and finalizing easement terms. An easement will be drafted based on easements executed in 2004 between The Nature Conservancy and Bonneville Power Administration for the Willow Creek Wildlife Management Area. Attorneys and real estate staff from The Nature Conservancy will review the easement with Bonneville Power Administration and update as necessary. The NEPA checklist includes obtaining cultural resources, hazardous materials, and threatened and endangered species inventories and assessments using staff and qualified contractors. This may include conducting surveys, addressing any significant issues and, as necessary, developing a biological assessment in consultation with NMFS or USFWS. 4/1/2008 7/1/2008 $5,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Other Vehicle Replacement Replace existing 1989 GMC truck with newer similar vehicle sharing costs with The Nature Conservancy 4/1/2007 3/31/2008 $9,375
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Projects Provide oversight of the project. Respond to BPA as requested, providing financial, contractual, environmental compliance and administrative documents. Prepare FY07-09 SOW and submit no less than 90 days before end of current performance period. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $4,925
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Report Produce annual report in FYs 2007-2009 12/1/2007 1/30/2010 $4,494
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor hydrology and water quality conditions Continue to monitor stream hydrology, precipitation, water quality, turbidity and groundwater wells 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $12,006
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor selected wildlife Perform breeding bird surveys in wet prairie, oak woodland/savanna, ash woodland, and conifer forest habitats. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $4,444
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitoring vegetation, photoplots and listed species Monitoring of permanent vegetation and photoplots and listed and candidate threatened and endangered plant and animal species, including Willamette daisy, Bradshaw’s lomatium, Shaggy horkelia, Curtus’s aster, Kincaid’s lupine, and Fender’s blue butterfly 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $50,413
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve population trend for focal species
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] $24,658 $26,159 $24,659
Fringe Benefits Calculated at 40% $9,863 $11,364 $9,864
Supplies The majority of these costs are for purchasing natiev seed and plugs for restoration projects $10,783 $10,783 $10,784
Capital Equipment Vehicle replacement with 50% TNC cost share $7,500 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead Indirect costs of 25% for supplies and rental and 3% for contractors $12,335 $12,785 $12,335
Other BPA Wire for Land Purchase and Easement Acquisition $ 0 $475,000 $ 0
Other Contractors to Prepare HEP report, Complete an estimate of Project HU’s and Complete a Fair Market Value Appraisal of the Property $ 0 $14,050 $ 0
Other Subcontractors to complete management and restoration Improve population trend for focal species $33,625 $33,625 $33,625
Totals $98,764 $583,766 $91,267

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$773,797
Total Work Element budget$773,797

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
BLM Fuels Reduction Funds $ 0 $27,500 $32,600 Cash Under Review
BLM Fuels Reduction Funds $20,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
Hynix Semiconductor Tractor $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 Cash Under Review
ODFW Fender's blue butterfly restoration and monitoring $24,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
OWEB Technical Assistance Funding $36,435 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Review
The Nature Conservancy Vehicle Cost Share $7,500 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
Volunteers Weed management, native harvests, habitat restoration, prescribed burning and monitoring $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 In-Kind Under Review
Totals $103,935 $43,500 $48,600

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$85,000 $85,000 Level of costs are predicted to be approximately the same in 2010 and 2011.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
We anticipate the BPA funding a portion of the future operations, maintenance and restoration costs. Cost sharing will continue in the future as it has in the past. Outside funding sources will be acquired to fund large restoration projects such as the conflence of the east and west portions of Willow Creek.
 
Termination Date Comments
none Project will develop permanent mitigation through habitat protection and long-term restoration and management.
 
Final Deliverables
1) Permanent protection of 497+ acres of 5 priority focal habitats for 26 focal species (2) Habitat Credits to BPA

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
$475,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$475,000
Budget Type:Capital
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Capital component, land acquisition. Capitalization is questionable.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$98,764
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$108,766
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$91,267
Total NPCC Rec
$298,797
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review. Expense portion. See capital budget for capital component.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$98,764
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$108,766
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$91,267
Total NPCC Rec
$298,797
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
NPCC Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: Expense portion. See capital budget for capital recommendation.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT recommends funding the O&M portion of the project as proposed. Make sure acquisition can be capitalized. Has not received Capitalization determination from BPA. Tie to project 200726000 for capital potential.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$475,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$475,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
NPCC Comments: Capital component, land acquisition. Capitalization is questionable.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT recommends funding the O&M portion of the project as proposed. Make sure acquisition can be capitalized. Has not received Capitalization determination from BPA. Tie to project 200726000 for capital potential.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
Comments: In some cases, appropriate measures of success are stated (e.g., measures of success for controlled burns are stated to come from monitoring of listed plant species, photo-monitoring of plots, and surveys of breeding birds and butterflies. This is appropriate monitoring to assess biological objectives, but results are not given in the response, though they are stated to be available in preliminary form in annual reports. The ISRP received a large amount of relevant data including graphs, which indicates meaningful data is being collected for the series of projects. These analyzed data become important in future decision making processes, and provide a measure of project progress. Some summary quantitative reporting of such information, including interpretation (statement of what the project proponents think it means relative to their project's actions and goals), is what is needed in future proposals for continuing funding of an ongoing project. In future reviews the ISRP will look for better analysis/summarization of the data and application of those results to management.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: This project has a reasonable level of monitoring, and involves land purchased or easements that contain many plant and animal species of special concern. A very active management program is outlined that appears logical. Furthermore, a large acquisition is planned for 2008 to enhance the land already obtained. A response should identify targets for each of the proposed objectives and how measurements will be used to assess progress towards those objectives. In addition it would be useful to see a review of the monitoring data obtained in the past and where it is stored. The ISRP expect that this data exists in progress reports or manuscripts. The response should present more details to the ISRP about the types of data being collected and analysis procedures (with some results) to determine the success/failure of the active management program, e.g., effects of bullfrog reduction (including numbers of frogs eliminated) and associated responses; effects of prescribed burn on vegetation response, and eventually associated wildlife response; and removal of 65 acres of invaded wet prairies and associated plant and wildlife responses.

The proposal sections on technical and scientific background, rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs, and the relationship to other projects are adequate.

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