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Proposal 200002100: Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon Ladd Marsh WMA and Grande Ronde Subbasin 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
January 9, 2006 Finalized Cathy Nowak

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200002100
Proposal Name: Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites - Oregon Ladd Marsh WMA and Grande Ronde Subbasin Wetlands
BPA Project Manager: Joe Deherrera
Agency, Institution or Organization: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Short Description: Maintain wetland restoration projects on Ladd Marsh WMA. Identify, prioritize, implement and maintain other potential wetland restoration projects in the Grande Ronde subbasin.
Information Transfer: PISCES progress and annual reports are distributed to BPA and project cooperators. Monitoring results are shared with the public via presentations and completed reports. Monitoring results are used by project area managers to evaluate success of management techniques and make changes where needed.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Cathy Nowak Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area 59116 Pierce Road
La Grande, OR 97850
Ph: 541-963-4954
Fax: 541-963-2814
Email: cnowak@dialoregon.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Joe Deherrera
Ph:
Fax:
Email: jldeherrera@bpa.gov
BPA Project Manager
Bruce Eddy Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 107 20th St.
LaGrande OR 97850
Ph: 541.963.2138
Fax: 541.963.6670
Email: bruce.r.eddy@state.or.us
Supervisor
Cathy Nowak Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area 59116 Pierce Road
La Grande, OR 97850
Ph: 541-963-4954
Fax: 541-963-2814
Email: cnowak@dialoregon.net
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Grande Ronde ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area and other locations in Union and Wallowa counties, Oregon Union and Wallowa, Oregon Grande Ronde No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
All Wildlife
Columbia spotted frog, bald eagle, yellow warbler, American beaver, western pond turtle, sandhill crane, American white pelican, yellow-billed cuckoo, willow flycatcher, harlequin duck, Lewis' woodpecker, silver-haired bat, long-eared myotis, fringed myotis, long-legged myotis, Yuma myotis, Preble's shrew, Oregon semaphoregrass, Bartonberry, Howell's spectacular thelypody, Douglas' clover.

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Post-restoration monitoring; planted 20 acres of upland; operated and maintained project.
2004 Continued post-restoration monitoring; planted uplands at Conley Lake; operated and maintained project.
2003 Planted 5,000 shrubs; planted 20 acres of upland with native grasses; began post-restoration monitoring; operated and maintained project.
2002 Completed dike and stream channel construction; installed 2 fish ladders; planted 20,000 shrubs & 20,000 sedge plugs; transferred Ladd Creek to new, restored channel; conducted baseline monitoring.
2001 Title for Wallender, Conley Lake and Simonis transferred from TNC to ODFW; completed easements for management of Becker Property ; developed SOW and contracted first-year restoration and O&M; Baseline HEP; began 5-yr mgt plan and HEP Report.
2000 Coordinated transfer of Wallender, Simonis and Conley Lake from TNC to ODFW; FY 2000 Ladd Marsh acquisition, enhancement and O&M proposals approved by NWPCC, Conley Lk NEPA checklist completed; BA completed; initiated consultation w/USFWS & NMFS.
1999 FY 99 proposal to enhance Wallender and Conley Lake approved by NWPCC; 375-ac Simonis parcel acquired by TNC;Conley Lake, Wallender and Simonis entered into CRP; NEPA checklists completed for Wallender and Simonis parcels.
1998 FY 98 OWC Programmatic proposal approved; potential projects investigated; funding for Ladd Marsh projects was obtained. 308-ac Wallender and 160-ac Conley Lake parcels acquired by the Nature Conservancy. GWEB proposal approved for Ladd Marsh Project.

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: ODFW License Fees [no entry] Grande Ronde Watershed Administration ODFW Grande Ronde Watershed District Manager provides administrative and technical support to the proposed project.
BPA 198402500 Ne Oregon Habitat Projects Complementary; while these projects focus on stream and riparian habitat, the proposed project concentrates on wetlands including those isolated from rivers or streams.
BPA 199202601 Grand Ronde Model Watershed The proposed project serves as technical and administrative support for Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program wetland restoration projects.
BPA 199608300 Grand Ronde Watershed Restor Complementary; this project is focussed on stream and riparian habitat. The proposed project concentrates on wetlands including those isolated from streams and rivers.
BPA 199705900 Or W/L Plan And Coordination Programmatic project; explains the intent for mitigation planning, coordination and implementation within Oregon by Oregon wildlife managers. Served as the project through which Ladd Marsh acquisitions were originally identified, proposed and fuinded.
OWEB - State 204-049 Grande Ronde Model WS Program The proposed project serves as technical and administrative support for Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program wetland projects.
PCSRF - OWEB 204-049A Grande Ronde Model WS Program The proposed project serves as technical and administrative support for Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program wetland projects

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Protect & Restore Wetlands Protect existing wetlands and reestablish wetland and wet meadow complexes where feasible Grande Ronde 1.Protect extant habitat in good condition. 2.Fund and coordinate weed control. 3.Work w/agencies to implement BMPs in wetlands. 4.Promote CRP & other programs. 5.Restore wetland function. 5.Identify & protect wildlife habitat corridors and links. 268

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation for Project Activities Produce and submit environmental compliance documentation for those project activities that require it. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $1,507
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop Terrestrial Habitat Features Install nest structures Create and install nest structures for waterfowl, raptors and other birds in the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Additions project. 4/1/2007 8/15/2009 $2,834
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
* # of features: 25

Plant Vegetation Plant native species on upland, wetland and riparian areas. Plant native species, including grasses, forbs and shrubs on 50 acres of upland, wet meadow, wetland and riparian areas of the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Additions. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $7,729
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
* # of acres of planted: 50

Maintain Vegetation Maintain vegetation on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Additions Maintain vegetation on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Additons through water level management and/or the use of chemical or mechanical treatment. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $22,191
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Operate and Maintain projects in the Grande Ronde Subbasin Operate and maintain Ladd Marsh restoration project and other Grande Ronde Subbasin wetland protection /restoration projects. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $33,717
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Public Access/Information Provide Public Access and Information at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Additions Project Provide public access signage on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Additions Mitigation project; Provide public information on the LMWA Additions project via construction and maintenance of one or more information kiosks. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $8,286
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Remove Debris Remove debris from Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Additions Remove debris such as fencing, trash left by the public and other debris from upland areas. Remove debris from water including debris washed into water control structures and fish ladders. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $4,113
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Conduct pre-acquisition activites for selected projects Conduct pre-acquisition activities for selected projects involving conservation easements and/or land acquisition. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $23,903
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordinate activities of landowners and agencies. Coordinate planning and restoration activities among landowners, agencies and conservation organizations for the protection and restoration of wetlands in the Grande Ronde subbasin. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $30,892
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Identify and Select Projects Identify and Select Wetland Conservation / Restoration Projects Identify and select wetland conservation and/or restoration projects in the Grande Ronde subbasin. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $40,484
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage & Administer the Ladd Marsh WMA Additions and Grande Ronde Subbasin Wetlands Project Complete BPA programmatic administrative requirements for the project including SOW package, progress and annual reports and financial reporting. Manage O&M for Ladd Marsh WMA and on-the-ground work for other Grande Ronde Subbasin wetlands. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $25,808
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Public outreach and education. Fulfill requests for project tours by school and youth groups, civic groups and public officials. Respond to requests for presentations regarding the project and its wildlife. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $16,769
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
* # of students reached: 400
* # of teachers reached: 20
* # of general public reached: 100

Provide Technical Review Provide Technical Review of wetland restoration projects in the Grande Ronde subbasin Provide technical review of wetland conservation and/or restoration projects in the Grande Ronde subbasin 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $39,905
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Report Annual reporting on the accomplishments of the project 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $8,253
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Compile, analyze and interpret monitoring data Compile, analyze and interpret the data collected through WE 157; compare current data to previous project data to determine trends and make management recommendations. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $7,402
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct vegetation and wildlife surveys and other field mon. activities. Conduct vegetation and wildlife surveys on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area following regionally and/or nationally accepted protocols; monitor water temperature in Ladd Creek and other locations in the project area. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $13,025
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and trend monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop methods/protocols for new survey types Research regionally and/or nationally accepted survey protocols to fit project monitoring needs. Identify and delineate survey area and sample points within those protocols. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $7,074
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect & Restore Wetlands
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] $37,687 $39,379 $41,148
Fringe Benefits [blank] $20,293 $21,203 $22,156
Supplies [blank] $4,400 $3,400 $3,000
Travel Includes vehicle lease & mileage $9,560 $9,560 $9,560
Overhead [blank] $19,111 $20,608 $20,827
Other Contract Services & Training $4,500 $3,500 $4,000
Totals $95,551 $97,650 $100,691

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$293,892
Total Work Element budget$293,892

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
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Personnel $35,000 $38,500 $42,000 Cash Confirmed
ODFW Personnel/Support $20,000 $21,000 $22,500 Cash Confirmed
OWEB GRMWP Administration $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 Cash Confirmed
Totals $65,000 $69,500 $74,500

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$102,000 $102,000 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Monitor success/compliance of projects; Maintain vegetation; Manage and Administer Projects.
 
Termination Date Comments
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

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 Budget
$65,000
FY 2008 Budget
$65,000
FY 2009 Budget
$65,000
Total NPCC Rec
$195,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Budget reduction reflects the removal of work elements associated with wetland work on private land, pre-acquisition activity and moving to strictly O&M budget. Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$65,000
FY 2008 Budget
$65,000
FY 2009 Budget
$65,000
Total NPCC Rec
$195,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT recommends removing the wetland work on private land and moving to strictly O&M budget. Also recommend removing the work element of pre-acquisition activity.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The response made clear that the project has sources of relevant monitoring data, and it provided some descriptive detail that evidences project progress. Although the response states that monitoring must be limited to largely descriptive/qualitative studies, the activities that are described appear to include many quantitative data, and descriptive/qualitative data can be perfectly adequate to evaluate some biological objectives (e.g., use of photopoints). Photopoints are useful in evaluation, and some census data are shown. This project has shown improvement in monitoring and evaluation over the years, and future proposals should continue to provide improved description of the evaluation of the project’s progress, using relevant monitoring information

The ISRP emphasizes that the proponents need to analyze the information they have gathered and are continuing to gather, not create an expensive monitoring program. With this project, there is no necessary conflict between the ISRP and NPCC guidance on project level M&E. There is no need to spend more than 5% of the project budget to produce relevant analyzed monitoring data that index project progress. Projects are required, under review criteria, to provide adequate monitoring and evaluation, and it appears that what this project has been doing could readily address that requirement. There is no apparent need for expanded experimental monitoring; there simply is a need to analyze and think about the information that is available. Further analysis and reporting of relevant data would likely not take as much as two weeks, especially if some analyses are already included in Annual Reports, as the response indicates. In future reports, the results of some data analysis should be shown and their interpretation described to indicate what the project proponents understand the data to tell them about the progress and success of their project; the ISRP should not be referred to annual M&E reports to see what those data show.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: The location and goals of the project are appropriate, and the project appears to be of value. The ISRP has in the past noted that the Ladd Marsh/Grande Ronde Wetlands projects need to develop and state clear objectives and M&E. However, while some of the objectives have been explicitly included, methods remain too poorly described for review. Additionally, the ISRP found that M&E is still only developing. The technical and scientific background are adequate, but the proposal still needs a better description of M&E techniques (including sample sizes, etc.) to be used for monitoring and evaluation of vegetation and wildlife to evaluate habitat management activities.

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