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Proposal 199506001: Iskuulpa Watershed Project

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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 10, 2006 Finalized Jenny Barnett
DB Administrator's Note [BPA Project Manager changed from J. Dehererra to S. Keen per email request by S. Keen (BPA) on 6/16/2006. - DBA]

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199506001
Proposal Name: Iskuulpa Watershed Project
BPA Project Manager: Sabrina Keen
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Short Description: Continue operations and maintenance of the Iskuulpa Watershed to protect and enhance watershed resources to provide benefits for seven HEP Target Species and anadromous and resident salmonids.
Information Transfer: Annual reports, summarizing yearly accomplishments, will be sent to BPA in pdf format. Weed data will be input into the Tribes Weed database (in development) and will be available to view over the internet.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Jenny Barnett Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2389
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: jennybarnett@ctuir.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Jenny Barnett Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2389
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: jennybarnett@ctuir.com
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Umatilla ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45.6436 -118.4051 Squaw Creek The entire watershed of Iskuulpa (Squaw) Creek. Umatilla, Oregon Umatilla Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
Anadromous Fish
HEP Species: western meadowlark, blue grouse, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, yellow warbler, mink, great blue heron

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Initiated a pilot study for monitoring songbird populations in grassland habitat. Four transects, with 10 points each, were established. Purchased whole conifer trees for placement in Iskuulpa Creek in 2006.
2004 Conifer and hardwood trees were planted on 20 acres. A time change analysis, focusing on species composition (perennial vs annual) of grassland habitats was completed using a combination of remotely-sensed and field-collected data.
2003 Large woody debris was added to approximately 4 miles of Iskuulpa Creek. The HEP report was completed. BPA was credited with 4,567 habitat units for 7 indicator species. 400 willow stakes were planted along the mainstem of Iskuulpa Creek
2002 Data were collected for a HEP evaluation of the project area.
2001 [Accomplishment field left blank]
2000 Established 14 additional ecological reconnaissance plots. Completed summaries of HEP and ecological plot data. Rested grazing allotments.
1999 Completed field surveys for HEP. Established 20 ecological survey plots in grassland and forest cover types. Acquired an additional 80 acres of land. Administratively closed 16.3 miles of road to protect fish and wildlife habitats.
1998 Acquired an additional 320 acres of fee lands. Purchased two BIA-administered grazing allotments, totally approx 20,000 acres and 1,056 AUMs. Started management plan. Initiated Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP).
1997 Approximately 5,536 acres of land in the Iskuulpa Creek subbasin purchased to form the nucleus of the Squaw Creek Watershed Project. Additionally, 1,005 acres of BIA-administered Trust land was incorporated into the project.
1996 [Accomplishment field left blank]
1995 The Iskuulpa (Squaw) Creek Watershed Project was identified and prioritized by the CTUIR as a mitigation project providing dual benefits for fish and wildlife.
1994 Completed 10 miles of fish habitat and population surveys in Iskuulpa Creek. Established baseline data, characterized existing riparian and fish habitat conditions and obtained estimate of salmonid populations (37,611 salmonids).

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
BPA 198710001 Umatilla Anad Fish Hab - CTUIR This project incorporates Iskuulpa Creek Watershed due to the subbasin's critical contribution of summer steelhead spawning/rearing habitat to the Umatilla Basin. Opportunities exist to share personnel, vehicles, and equipment to minimize project expenses.
BPA 199000501 Umatilla Basin Nat Prod M&E Fish habitat monitoring and evaluation surveys for the Iskuulpa Creek Watershed will be conducted under this project, and will help quantify benefits of activities accomplished under this proposal
BPA 199009200 Wanaket Wildlife Area One of 3 fish and/or wildife mitigation projects developed by CTUIR to mitigate for impacts of the John Day and McNary Dams within the CTUIR ceded territory. All meet the vision of the CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Plan.
BPA 200002600 Rainwater Wildlife Area Operat One of 3 fish and/or wildife mitigation projects developed by CTUIR to mitigate for impacts of the John Day and McNary Dams within the CTUIR ceded territory. All meet the vision of the CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Plan.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat Implement enhancements that will contribute towards the provision of 393 enhancement credits over the next 10 years. Enhance 25 acres of riparian wetland and 200 acres of grassland. Umatilla Interior grassland, bio obj 2, strat 1, 2, and 3. Mixed conifer, bio obj 2, strat 2, 3, and 4. Ponderosa pine, bio obj 2, strat 2, 3, and 4. Riparian wetland, bio obj 2, strat 1, 2, 3, 4. 5-52 to 5-56
Provide protection credit, protect habitat. Operate and maintain the Iskuulpa Creek Watershed project to provide 4,567 habitat units of protection credit and protect habitat. Aquisition of land within the Iskuulpa watershed provided a high level of protection. Habitat types in Iskuulpa include interior grassland, riparian wetland, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer Umatilla Mixed conifer, Bio obj 1, strat 1; Interior grassland, bio obj 1, strat 2; Ponderosa Pine, bio obj 1, strat 1: Riparian Wetland, bio obj 1, strat 2. 5-52 to 5-56
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment in Iskuulpa Creek, to address limiting factors to natural fish production Umatilla 6) Fence and plant riparian zones 9) Maintain, relocate, or eliminate ...roads... 11) Modify detrimental land use activites 12) Restore upstream or headwater attributes 5-46

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Lease Land Purchase two grazing leases for two Bureau of Indian Affairs grazing units Grazing leases are purchased to allow rest from livestock grazing. Rest from grazing allows natural recovery of riparian zone and grassland plant communities. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $56,915
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
* # of acres of renewed lease: 20,000

02: Plant Vegetation Plant Native hydrophilic shrubs in Iskuulpa Creek The riparian area along Iskuulpa Creek has been damaged through past management. Native willow cuttings, collected from Iskuulpa Creek and grown in CTUIR's Native Plant Nursery, will be planted to facilitate recovery of stream-side vegetation. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $50,170
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
* # of acres of planted: 25

03: Plant Vegetation Plant native grasses and forbs in grassland habitats Grassland habitats in Iskuulpa Watershed have been heavily impacted by past management acitons. Bluebunch wheatgrass has been lost from many locations, replaced by exotic vegetation. Bluebunch wheatgrass seed and plugs, grown from locally collected seed, will be planted in appropriate upland sites. Sandberg's bluegrass and a variety of native, perennial forbs, will also be planted to enhance plant communities. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $71,111
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
* # of acres of planted: 200

04: Remove vegetation Remove Himalayan blackberry Himalayan blackberry infestations are common in the riparian area along Iskuulpa Creek. This undesirable plant can quickly dominate a site and outcompete native vegetation. It forms dense thickets which prevent the establishment of shade intolerant trees. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $78,344
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
* # of acres treated: 30

05: Remove vegetation Remove Noxious Weeds Adjacent watersheds possess varying levels of yellow starthistle and knapweeds. Although comparatively weed-free, the Iskuulpa Watershed includes small, isolated patches of noxious weeds. Tribal staff have identified Iskuulpa as a high priority for weed prevention. Work element includes systematic survey of the watershed for weed infestations and hand, mechanical, or chemical treatment of weed patches found. Work in the Iskuulpa Watershed is part of a weed survey and treatment effort throughout the Upper Umatilla River Management Area 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $61,945
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
* # of acres treated: 50

06: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Monitor and maintain existing range allotment boundary fence Range units are leased to protect and maintain gass cover, height, and native species composition in interior grassland and riparian wetland cover types. Benefits steelhead and spring chinook, and the HEP species western meadowlark, mink, and yellow warbler 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $42,021
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
No Metrics for this Work Element

07: Investigate Trespass Prevent trespass by illegal livestock and motor vehicles Grazing season on neighboring allotments occurs from May 15 - October 31, annually. Range units within the project area are leased to protect and maintain grass cover, height, and native species composition. Motor vehicles are excluded during steelhead spawning season and during periods of extremem fire danger. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $54,960
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
No Metrics for this Work Element

08: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor Success of Revegetation Projects and songbird populations in grasslands Establish and run monitoring transects to track the success of revegetation projects. Transects will be designed to determine % survival and/or density of planted vegetation. Run 3 point count transects (10 points each) to monitor songbird populations in grassland habitats 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $25,323
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
Primary R, M, and E Type: monitor success of revegetation projects

09: Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze data from songbird point counts and revegetation projects [Work Element Description Not Entered] 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $8,768
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
Primary R, M, and E Type: baseline data on songbird abundance in grasslands
Primary R, M, and E Type: monitor success of revegetation projects

10: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Environmental Compliance Environmental compliance includes meeting NEPA requirements, obtaining cultural resource clearance, obtaining permits and conducting Endangered Species Consultation on any project which requires it. Most habitat improvement projects, including planting vegetation, thinning timber, and removing weeds and unwanted vegetation require some environmental compliance. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $33,932
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
No Metrics for this Work Element

11: Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Projects General project administrative duties 1/1/2007 9/30/2007 $32,939
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Coordination Participation in CBFWA and NWPPC Processes This project must be considered in the context of the Fish and Wildlife Program, which includes reviewing the project for consistency with regional standards and reviewing project funding needs at quarterly reviews. Develope match funding opportunities and partnerships through coordination. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $29,170
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Produce Annual Report 2007, 2008, and 2009 Annual Reports The annual report is a contract requirement 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $16,371
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide enhancement credit, enhance habitat
Provide protection credit, protect habitat.
Reduce stream temperatures and fine sediment
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] $67,666 $71,050 $74,602
Fringe Benefits [blank] $18,270 $19,183 $20,143
Travel [blank] $10,548 $10,739 $10,934
Supplies [blank] $15,940 $15,940 $15,940
Overhead [blank] $43,845 $45,596 $47,431
Other [blank] $24,714 $24,714 $24,714
Totals $180,983 $187,222 $193,764

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$561,969
Total Work Element budget$561,969

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
$199,577 $205,564 Accounts for increase costs of personnel, fuel, good/services, etc
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Base cost of project should increase to cover increased operations and maintenance costs due to inflation
 
Termination Date Comments
perpetual Project should be maintained for the life of the hydroelectric projects it mitigates for.
 
Final Deliverables
Long-term/perpetual protection and managment of lands providing habitat unit credits against BPA's loss obligation

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
$175,000
FY 2008 Budget
$175,000
FY 2009 Budget
$175,000
Total NPCC Rec
$525,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$175,000
FY 2008 Budget
$175,000
FY 2009 Budget
$175,000
Total NPCC Rec
$525,000
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 supports Flatline budget at FY07 level.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal is well organized and written. The proposal clearly states the logical need to provide and maintain habitat in the Iskuulpa Creek Watershed that includes interior grassland, riparian wetland, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer. Enhancements designed to address limiting factors to fish production, such as reduction of stream temperatures and fine sediment, are clearly explained and tied to the Umatilla Subbasin plan. Past results are documented with benefit to fish and wildlife noted.

The proposed project will benefit focal species. Biologically measurable outcomes are identified where possible. Monitoring and evaluation is provided by a directly related project. These benefits may persist over the long-term if human disturbances can be controlled. The project would benefit from a better discussion of possible impact of habitat restoration on non-focal species. Also, the project sponsor should identify the metric to be used for evaluating bird community response.

Sharing of personnel and equipment with other projects is commendable. Collaboration with others involved in similar projects outside the subbasin should be explored. Information transfer, in addition to annual reports, should be considered and described. For example, strategies for sharing successes and lessons learned with other teams in the region could be considered information transfer.

See ISRP comments on the “Umatilla Initiative” under proposal 198343600.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal is well organized and written. The proposal clearly states the logical need to provide and maintain habitat in the Iskuulpa Creek Watershed that includes interior grassland, riparian wetland, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer. Enhancements designed to address limiting factors to fish production, such as reduction of stream temperatures and fine sediment, are clearly explained and tied to the Umatilla Subbasin plan. Past results are documented with benefit to fish and wildlife noted.

The proposed project will benefit focal species. Biologically measurable outcomes are identified where possible. Monitoring and evaluation is provided by a directly related project. These benefits may persist over the long-term if human disturbances can be controlled. The project would benefit from a better discussion of possible impact of habitat restoration on non-focal species. Also, the project sponsor should identify the metric to be used for evaluating bird community response.

Sharing of personnel and equipment with other projects is commendable. Collaboration with others involved in similar projects outside the subbasin should be explored. Information transfer, in addition to annual reports, should be considered and described. For example, strategies for sharing successes and lessons learned with other teams in the region could be considered information transfer.

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