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Proposal 200002600: Rainwater Wildlife Area Operations and Maintenance

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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 Allen Childs
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: 200002600
Proposal Name: Rainwater Wildlife Area Operations and Maintenance
BPA Project Manager: Sabrina Keen
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Short Description: Focus of project is to protect, enhance, maintain, and mitigate fish and wildlife impacted by the Federal Mainstem Columbia River Hydropower System. Project also contributes to anadromous fish (summer steelhead and bull) and habitat in the Walla Walla.
Information Transfer: Project methods, results and discussion are shared through PICSES and annual reports provided to the Bonneville Power Administration. Annual reports may be obtained online at BPA's Publication Search link at: http://www.efw.bpa.gov/searchpublications. Project information is also shared through coordination meetings with the Snake River Recovery Board, Walla Walla Watershed Alliance, Mill Creek Group, Priority Project Process, Walla Walla Watershed Council and the CTUIR Web Page at www.ctuir.com.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Allen Childs Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2391
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: allenchilds@ctuir.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Julie Burke Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reserva 73239 Confederated Way P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2372
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: julieburke@ctuir.com
Administrative Contact
Allen Childs Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2391
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: allenchilds@ctuir.com
Project Lead
Carl Scheeler Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2395
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: carlscheeler@ctuir.com
Supervisor

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Walla Walla ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
046° 07' 38.23 117° 58' 10.92 South Fork Touchet River The project legal description is Township 7 North, Range 39 East, all or portions of Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; Township 8 North, Range 39 East, all or portions of Sections 5, 8, 9, 17, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, and 34, Willamette Meridian Columbia County, Washington Walla Walla Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
mink, great blue heron, yellow warbler, blue grouse, black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, mule deer

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Final phase of landline survey and monumentation. Maint. 6 miles fence, repaired two gates. Devel.proposal for SFRB funding for S. Touchet Rd design in prep for 06-07 construction. Collected 50 pounds bluebunch seed, init increasing at CTUIR nursery
2004 Conducted ongoing landline survey and monumentation along 7 miles of boundary. Maintained 8 miles of boundary fence. Implemented noxious weed control on 110 acres. Estab. 4 addit. bio. agent release sites. Initiated collection of native grass seed.
2003 Conducted ongoing boundary landline survey and monumentation along 6 miles. Construction 2 miles boundary fence. Completed road drainage repair along 1 mile access road. Completed noxious weed treatments on 120 acres.
2002 Initiated boundary landline survey contract and fence consruction. Completed survey and monumentation along 6 miles of eastern boundary. Completed 2 miles fence construction. Installed 2 additional gates
2001 Ongoing interim management activities. Completed Draft Management Plan and HEP Analysis. Initiated Public Review. Acquired an additional 237 acres of interior private land parcels through land acquisiton.
2000 Implemented fish habitat/watershed restoration project under WA Governor's Salmon Recover Prog: 4.5 miles drawbottom road oblit, 5 miles road drainage imprv., instream fish habitat enhanc. (lg wood add. 1.5 miles Griffin), planted 14,000 trees and shrubs.
1999 Acquired additional 230 acres for protection. Initiated infrastructure developments (gates and public parking areas) to support access and travel plan. Secured $100K through WA State Gov. Office Salmon Recovery Program for fish habitat and watershed res
1998 Acquired 8,441 acres and placed in protective status. Developed and initiated interim managment plan. Initiated baseline assessments (HEP) and public managment plan development process.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
PCSRF - WSRFB 01-1230 LWD Placement on SF Touchet Ri CTUIR sponsored project planned for implementation during 2006-2008. Project will be implemented by Rainwater and Walla Walla Habitat Enhancement Project staff.
BPA 199009200 Wanaket Wildlife Area CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Project. Projects share staff, equipment, and expertise.
BPA 199305800 Wa Coalition Mitigation Agreem Rainwater Wildlife Area acquired under mitigation agreement.
BPA 199506001 Iskuulpa Watershed Project CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Project. Projects share staff, equipment, and expertise.
BPA 199604601 Walla Walla River Basin Fish H Tribal Walla Walla Fish Habitat Project participates in development and implementation of fish habitat enhancement/restoration efforts on wildlife area.
BPA 200003900 Walla Walla River Basin Monito Project provides RM&E on fish and fish habitat within wildlife area streams.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Enhance habitat Enhance habitat, develop 1,850 enhancement habitat units Walla Walla Enhance/restore habitat 19
Increase anadromous fish productivity Address limiting factors of embeddedness, large woody debris, pool habitat, riparian function, channel confinement, summer high water temperature, and streamflow. Walla Walla Habitat protection/easements, livestock exclusion, large wood placement, stable channel form, road obliteration, and re-establish riparian vegetation. 18-19
Protect habitat Protect 5,185 baseline habitat units Walla Walla Habitat Protection (land acquisition, long-term conservation easements) 18

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 Environmental Compliance Complete archaeological evaluations/review, biological assessments, permits, noxious weed treatment checklists, and NEPA checklists for planned project activities. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance habitat
Increase anadromous fish productivity
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Improve/Relocate Road Improve and/or relocated road segments causing resource damage Under cooperative project effort with SFRB, Walla Walla Fish Habitat Program, and private landowners, relocate and improve 3 mile South Fork Touchet River Road. Improve drainage on 1 mile of addiitional road as need to minimize resource damage. 6/15/2007 10/15/2009 $57,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance habitat
Increase anadromous fish productivity
Protect habitat
* # of road miles improved, upgraded, or restored: 4.0

Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Enhance/restore habitat along wildlife area streams (South Fork Touchet and Griffin Fork) Conduct instream, riparian, and floodplain restoration and enhancement activities to address limiting factors and enhance habitat suitability for target wildlife species (yellow warbler, mink, great blue herron). 7/1/2007 10/15/2008 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance habitat
Increase anadromous fish productivity
Protect habitat
* # of stream miles treated: 7.0

Install Fence Install boundary fence Construct 6 miles of boundary fence (2 miles annually) along eastern and northern wildlife area boundary to minimize trespass livestock. 6/15/2007 10/30/2009 $105,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect habitat
* # of miles of fence: 6.0

Plant Vegetation Plant grassland and riparian cover types Plant 50 acres of grasslands (bluebunch wheat grass) using locally adapted grass seed and grass plugs. Plant 3 miles of riparian habitat along South Touchet River 4/15/2007 5/15/2009 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance habitat
Increase anadromous fish productivity
* # of acres of planted: 50
* # of riparian miles treated: 3.0

Investigate Trespass Monitor wildlife area trespass Monitor trespass livestock, wildlife area landline boundaries, conduct regualr patrols to wildlife area to discover trespass livestock and/or property trespass. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Vegetation Conduct weed control activities Implement weed control measures of noxious and/or competing and unwanted vegetation 5/15/2007 10/1/2009 $90,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance habitat
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Operate and Maintain Wildlife Area Habitat Operations and maintenance activities address the custodial needs of the project area, such as fence and road maintenance and repair as well as administrative needs. 1/1/2007 12/1/2009 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Public Access/Information Conduct patrols, implement access and travel plan, maintain public information boards, and parking areas Administer access and travel management plan, maintain public parking areas and information boards, conduct property patrols, make public contacts/share wildlife area information. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $240,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Remove Debris Remove debris and garbage from wildlife area Maintain wildlife area free of refuse and garbage deposited by public users. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $15,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Other Produce Pisces and Annual Reports Produce quarterly update of project progress through Pisces and annually through annual reports. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $17,778
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Wildlife Area BPA project administration (includes contracting documentation such as state of work, budget, spending plan, and property inventories, metrics reports, accrual reports, subcontract preparations (weed control contracts, road maintenance contracts, and heavy equipment rental contracts) and inspections. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $120,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance habitat
Increase anadromous fish productivity
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct monitoring and evaluation to assess project effectiveness Monitor administrative compliance with management plan, conduct implementation monitoring, and project effectiveness monitoring. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance habitat
Increase anadromous fish productivity
Protect habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 3.63 Full Time Equivalents (FTE's) $134,782 $134,782 $134,782
Fringe Benefits 27% full time and 10.15% part time employee $34,351 $34,351 $34,351
Supplies Includes materials, supplies, and services $16,313 $16,313 $16,313
Travel Includes 12 mos. vehicle rental @ $400/mos, 25,000mi @$0.25/mi, and $3,000 per diem used for overnight accommodations for field crews in Dayton $15,220 $15,220 $15,220
Capital Equipment Capital equipment includes onsite secure metal storage, ATV replacement $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
Overhead 39% Indirect Rate $78,260 $78,260 $78,260
Other Weed control, road maintenance, and enhancement subcontracts $22,500 $22,500 $22,500
Totals $304,926 $304,926 $304,926

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$914,778
Total Work Element budget$914,778

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
CTUIR/BPA WW Fish Hab Enhan (19604601) Project planning and implementation support $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CTUIR/BPA WW Fish Mon (20127) Fish Research $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 In-Kind Confirmed
WA SFRB Fish Habitat Enhancement Implementation Funding $50,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Totals $63,000 $13,000 $13,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$320,172 $336,181 FY 2010 and 2011 estimated budgets based on 2009 budget plus 5% for inflation.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Note that no budget increases were proposed for FY2007-2009 budget period. Project staff believe the budget is sufficient to operate and maintain the wildlife area with the existing base budget, recognizing that increased costs of fuel, salaries, and other items subject to inflation will require budget adjustments in individual line items during the planning period.
 
Termination Date Comments
Ongoing Project Perpetual habitat protection under NPCC and BPA Fish and Wildlife Program
 
Final Deliverables
7,035 Habitat Units (protection and enhancement combined) protected over time.

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
$300,000
FY 2008 Budget
$300,000
FY 2009 Budget
$300,000
Total NPCC Rec
$900,000
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
$300,000
FY 2008 Budget
$300,000
FY 2009 Budget
$300,000
Total NPCC Rec
$900,000
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: Possibility to combine the habitat work from 199604601 with this project for $340,000


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This proposal meets the ISRP review criteria and benefits wildlife. The ISRP, however, suggests that the sponsor address the following comments to improve the project, but the ISRP does not need to see responses to these comments.

The authors could improve the wildlife monitoring portion of this work by more clearly identifying the variables they will use to measure progress. Specifically, the authors could improve the monitoring and evaluation section by more clearly describing the location and placement of vegetation transects, number of vegetation transects, and measurements they will take on these transects. The authors should more clearly identify which bird species (or will they focus only on bird species listed in proposal) that will be recorded on these transects. The authors should more clearly identify the history behind the selection of mitigation bird species (narrative, p.4) and whether or not the species will be monitored and evaluated.

The authors could improve their discussion of bird surveys by identifying why transects will be used only in grassland cover. The ISRP wondered why birds are not surveyed in other cover types. The authors could improve their presentation of monitoring and evaluation of weed control efforts by quantifying weed distribution and abundance pre- and post-treatment with herbicides.

The authors could more directly communicate where past data are located.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This proposal meets the ISRP review criteria and benefits wildlife. The ISRP, however, suggests that the sponsor address the following comments to improve the project, but the ISRP does not need to see responses to these comments.

The authors could improve the wildlife monitoring portion of this work by more clearly identifying the variables they will use to measure progress. Specifically, the authors could improve the monitoring and evaluation section by more clearly describing the location and placement of vegetation transects, number of vegetation transects, and measurements they will take on these transects. The authors should more clearly identify which bird species (or will they focus only on bird species listed in proposal) that will be recorded on these transects. The authors should more clearly identify the history behind the selection of mitigation bird species (narrative, p.4) and whether or not the species will be monitored and evaluated.

The authors could improve their discussion of bird surveys by identifying why transects will be used only in grassland cover. The ISRP wondered why birds are not surveyed in other cover types. The authors could improve their presentation of monitoring and evaluation of weed control efforts by quantifying weed distribution and abundance pre- and post-treatment with herbicides.

The authors could more directly communicate where past data are located.

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