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Proposal 200104101: Forrest Conservation Area Management

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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 Brent Smith

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200104101
Proposal Name: Forrest Conservation Area Management
BPA Project Manager: John Baugher
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Short Description: The Forrest Conservation Area consists of 4,232 acres and contains 8.5 miles of critical fish habitat in the Upper Mainstem and Middle Fork John Day River systems. Management prioritizes protection of fish, wildlife and their associated habitats.
Information Transfer: Data and information collected on the Conservation Area helps supports several state and federal agencies with research studies and management of natural resources. Information from the project will be shared through reports to BPA annually, HEP reports, aquatic habitat survey reports, and monitoring and evaluation reports. Current programs using information collected from the project include ODFW for fish and wildlife management, USBR for instream flow assessment, GSWCD for project demonstrations, ODEQ for TMDL sampling, and other BPA mitigation programs.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Brent Smith Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservatio 68073 Hwy 26
Prairie City OR 97869
Ph: 541-820-3568
Fax: 541-820-4523
Email: forrestranch@ortelco.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Brent Smith Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservatio 68073 Hwy 26
Prairie City OR 97869
Ph: 541-820-3568
Fax: 541-820-4523
Email: forrestranch@ortelco.net
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: John Day ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
44*27'47 118*41'32 Upper John Day River Mainstem parcel is located at John Day River mile 263 while the Middle Fork parcel is located at Middle Fork River mile 65. Grant County, Oregon John Day Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
All Wildlife
Bull Trout
Chinook Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Westslope Cutthroat
Mitigation species: Black-capped chickadee, Mallard, Mink, Western meadowlark, Yellow warbler, Mule deer, and California Quail.

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Completed Draft Management Plan, fish redd and holding pool counts, instream complexity project planning, surveyed 5.7 miles of river reaches, enrolled 150 acres into CREP program, continued grazing program, planted 2,000 native cuttings, and O&M.
2004 Completed baseline assessments consisting of aquatic habitat inventory, Proper Functioning Condition assessment, and Grazing Evaluation. Continued Management Plan assembly, O&M, planted 4,000 native cuttings and 600 conifers, and grazing program.
2003 Conducted Habitat Evaluation Procedure and spring Chinook redd counts. Began Management Plan assembly and formed a public advisory group. Performed O&M, noxious weed control, planted 2,000 native cuttings, and implemented conservation grazing program.
2002 Acquired Forrest Ranch consisting of 4,232 acres of land, 25.22 cfs of water rights, and 12.17 miles of riparian habitat on the Upper Middle Fork and Upper Mainstem John Day Rivers. Began implementation of baseline monitoring and facility improvements.
2001 Leased Forrest Ranch to implement conservation practices and began landowner negotiations for acquisition. Subleased ranch to grazing and haying operator. Conducted pre-acquisition surveys, appraisals, assessments, and established resource monitoring.

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 [no entry] McHaley Pond ODFW stocks the Mainstem property’s McHaley pond with catchable size trout for public fishing. Stocking began in 2005 and is scheduled to occur annually with free fishing day event activities.
Other: Oregon Youth Conservation Corps [no entry] OYCC - Grant County The OYCC provides a youth crew with a leader that work on restoration and maintence projects for 2 months during the summer at no cost to the Tribes.
Other: Bureau of Reclamation [no entry] Dead Cow Gulch Access and Habitat Improvement Project The Bureau is providing technical expertise for modeling, survey and design of Dead Cow Gulch channel reconfiguration project located on the Middle Fork property.
Other: Bureau of Reclamation [no entry] Middle Fork and Upper John Day River Habitat Restoration Project on Forrest Conservation Area The Bureau is providing technical expertise for modeling, survey and design of LWM placement and dike removal projects on the Mainstem and Middle Fork property of the Forrest Conservation Area. Conservation Area..
PCSRF - CRITFC [no entry] 2005-3-06 Dead Cow Creek Fish Passage and Habitat Improvement Project This a new grant approved 10/20/05 for partial funding of a channel reconfiguration project on the Middle Fork parcel.
Other: The Nature Conservancy [no entry] Dunstan Homestead Preserve The Nature Conservancy owns a 1,200-acre property about 9-miles below the Middle Fork property. Management works together on management activities, monitoring, restoration, and share equipment at times.
BPA 198402100 John Day Habitat Enhancement Involved with riparian fence construction and maintenance.
BPA 199306600 Oregon Fish Screens Project The project has cost shared a pump screen, maintains existing fish screens, and is coordinating future fish screen replacement. Management is also involved in Strawberry Ck. reconnection project partially located on Conservation Area.
BPA 199801600 Escapement/Productivity Spring Conducts redd counts of spring Chinook spawning activities on Middle Fork and Mainstem of the property.
BPA 199801800 John Day Watershed Restoration The program is managed by the CTWSRO and operates in office facilities at the Forrest Conservation Area. Program shares utilities, maintenance, and secretary salary costs along with providing technical support assisting with some monitoring and planting. The program has coordinated many restoration projects on the property.
BPA 199802200 Pine Creek/Wagner Management The Conservation Area is managed by the CTWSRO. Management works together on some projects.
BPA 200001500 Oxbow Ranch Management The Oxbow Conservation Area is managed by CTWSRO focused on fish and wildlife habitat restoration. Managers work together on many projects and the Conservation Area shares management plan with Forrest Conservation Area.
BPA 200203300 John Day Recovery Monitoring The program is managed by CTWSRO and located in Forrest Conservation Area office facilities. It shares cost of utilities, maintenance, and secretary salary. The program also conducts stream studies on the property.
Other: FSA CREP CTWSRO Forrest MF Tract 1272 The CREP program is leasing 150.2 acres of riparian on the Forrest Middle Fork Parcel for restoration and enhancement projects.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Enhance Riparian Habitat The loss of riparian forests along the Mainstem and Middle Fork John Day Rivers of the Conservation Area has resulted in channel widening and extensive solar exposure. The restoration of gallery forests along the reaches will improve water quality, riparian/wetland function, and fish and wildlife habitat. Continue to maintain 151 acres of previously planted native trees and shrubs and conduct planting activities in riparian areas found lacking hardwood regeneration. John Day Riparian Habitat Improvements (Priority 4 Very High) through managed and excluded riparian grazing, vegetation management, floodplain restoration, and passive beaver management. Improvements located in Camp Creek and Strawberry Creek 5th field HUCs. 250-251, 263,26
Increase instream fish habitat Increase fish habitat and channel complexity in the Mainstem and Middle Fork Rivers on the Conservation Area. A Stream Habitat Inventory and Proper Functioning Condition Assessment were performed during 2004 and both identified historic modifications to the stream channels has reduced sinuosity and increased the width/depth ratio of nearly all stream reaches on the property. The fish habitat for rearing juvenile salmonids and adult spring Chinook is well below potential due to the loss of riparian gallery forest and large woody debris absence. There is a deficiency of deep pool habitat needed by spawning adults and rearing juveniles. This deficiency is a major limiting factor in most of the reaches assessed and key pieces of large wood are virtually absent with only 3.4 pools per mile > 1m depth along the Mainstem reach. The projects will provide critical habitat restoration for juvenile salmonids and adult spring Chinook by pool creation, increasing sinuosity, channel narrowing, and providing cover. John Day In-Stream Activities (Priority 4 Very High) Increase channel complexity and fish habitat through large woody debris placement, engineered instream log weirs, channel restoration, and dike removal habitat restoration projects. 250,251,260
Prevent salmonid entrainment Increase Upper McHaley Diversion fish screen size and upgrade to current criteria. Ensure fish screens are maintained and operate properly. John Day Install Fish Screen (Priority 4 Very High) Install and maintain fish screens operated. Installation is located in Strawberry Creek 5th field HUC the highest priority of the Upper Mainstem and South Fork John Day River HUCs. 251,255
Protect Existing Habitat Protecting existing critical fish and wildlife habitat currently occupied from degrading activities will ensure continued existence of current focal species populations. John Day Protect Existing Habitat (Priority Very High) Protect 4,232 acres of land and 12.17 miles of riparian habitat currently occupied by focal species on the upper Middle Fork and upper mainstem John Day Rivers and ensure habitat values are maintained. 251, 255-272
Re-establish salmonids to disconnected tributaries Remove artificial fish barriers in Placer Gulch and reconfigure current channel location to historic of Dead Cow Gulch, both are tributaries to the Middle Fork John Day River. Projects will provide up to 5 miles of juvenile salmonid escapement for thermal refuge from the river and improved passage for adult steelhead to spawning habitat. The reconfiguration project will add .25 mile channel length of tributary and restore salmonid access to .75 mile blocked in the early 1900’s. John Day Improve Fish Passage (Priority 4 - Very High) Implement culvert removal and channel reconfiguration restoration. Project locations are on the Middle Fork tract in Camp Creek 5th field HUC the highest priority of the 5 Middle Fork John Day River HUCs. 250 - 253
Restore stream base flows 8.5 cfs of water rights acquired with the Middle Fork tract will be leased instream for the benefit of aquatic species. 18.7 cfs of water rights were acquired with the Mainstem tract. A portion of these rights will be used early season to enhance riparian and meadow vegetation along with aquifer recharge. During critical low flow periods the rights will be put back instream to enhance base flows. John Day Flow restoration (Priority 4 – Very High) Flow restoration through instream water right leases and floodplain aquifer recharge. Flow restoration is located in Camp Creek and Strawberry Creek 5th field HUC the highest priority. 250,251,257
Restore Upland Native Communities The upland area native habitat of the Mainstem property has been severely degraded due to noxious weed and Western Juniper invasion. The invasive species have displaced much of the native habitat essential to wildlife and altered the hydrology of the watershed possibly reducing stream flow and spring output. Efforts of Juniper and noxious weed control have begun along with native grass, and tree planting. Restoration efforts will involve continuing current juniper removal treatment, herbicide applications, and native reseeding/shrub-tree planting. John Day Upland Improvements (priority 4 very high mainstem and priority 3 high for Middle Fork) through planed appropriate livestock grazing and vegetation management consisting of juniper and noxious weed control. 251, 273,274

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 Obtain NEPA compliance Obtain NEPA compliance for various resource restoration activities. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $17,648
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Controlled Burn Conduct control burn Conduct control burn portion of previous fall and leave lay juniper control treatment. Control burn approximately 350 acres within the Mainstem property uplands. 5/1/2007 7/30/2008 $65,236
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore Upland Native Communities
No Metrics for this Work Element

Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Mainstem and Middle Fork instream habitat restoration Install multiple engineered log weirs, dike removals, and large woody debris placements along Middle Fork and Mainstem John Day River on Conservation Area. BOR is providing technical services of modeling, surveying, engineering, and design for the projects. 7/1/2007 8/30/2008 $74,268
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase instream fish habitat
* # of stream miles treated: 5
* # of structures installed: 5 miles length 20 weirs anticipated.
* End lat of treated reach: 44.45942N
* End long of treated reach: 118.69819W
* Start lat of treated reach: 44.45571N
* Start long of treated reach: 118.67946
* Start lat of treated reach: 44.59546N
* Start long of treated reach: 118.52197W
* End lat of treated reach: 44.62011N
* End long of treated reach: 118.57149W

Plant Vegetation Riparian Planting Collection and planting of native hardwood shrubs and trees along inadequate riparian areas. 3/1/2007 6/30/2009 $14,955
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Riparian Habitat
* # of riparian miles treated: 2

Remove vegetation Vegetation Management Project sponsor and subcontractors will perform noxious weed treatments and control burn portion of juniper removal treatment within the upland area of the Mainstem property. The control burn will treat 350 acres of previously feel juniper. During 07-09, annually treat 500 acres of medusahead, toadflax, and cheatgrass with herbicide. Reseed herbicide treatment areas with native bunch grass the following year. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $95,723
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore Upland Native Communities
* # of acres treated: 1,500 acres herbicide treated
* # of acres treated: 350 acres control burn treated
* # of acres treated: 1,000 reseeded
* # of acres treated: *Also Biological Obective Protect Existing Habitat

Investigate Trespass Property patrol Monitor for trespass livestock, and coordinate with owners for removal. Monitor for unauthorized use of property and illegal fish and wildlife poaching. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $5,581
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Vegetation Property leases Conduct grazing lease program though annual planned grazing, lessee coordination, and monitoring. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $17,052
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Maintain facilities, sturctures, grounds, irrigation conveyance system, fences and etc. Perfrom maintenance to office facility, stuctures, grounds, and other program operating systems. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $212,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Public Access/Information Provide public access information Maintain interpretive signs for property. Ensure written permission required signs are posted along property boundaries. Provide controlled fishing, hunting, and other recreational opportunities to the public ensuring habitat, fish, and wildlife values are maintained. Maintain fishpond and access improvements for public fishing. Maintain web site for Conservation Area and other John Day Basin Office programs. Advertise recreational opportunities within local community and with tribes through brochures, paper, and radio. Give presentations to tribes, public, and other agencies on Conservation Area management and restoration activities. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $12,762
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Install Fish Passage Structure Dead Cow Gulch channel reconfiguration and Placer Gulch culvert removal Dead Cow Gulch channel reconfiguration and fish passage restoration. Placer Gulch culvert removal. 7/1/2007 8/1/2007 $9,707
Biological Objectives Metrics
Re-establish salmonids to disconnected tributaries
* # of miles of habitat accessed: .75 miles accessed and .25 new for Dead Cow Gulch
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: Removes fish passage barrier
* Was barrier Full or Partial?: Full barrier
* # of miles of habitat accessed: 4 miles abover Placer Gulch culvert.
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: Removal of culvert no replacement
* Was barrier Full or Partial?: Partial barrier

Install Fish Screen Replace McHaley fish screen Replace irrigation fish screen on McHaley ditch located on Mainstem property. 12/1/2006 10/30/2007 $1,249
Biological Objectives Metrics
Prevent salmonid entrainment
* Does the screen meet NOAA/FSOC specs?: No
* Flow rate at the screen diversion allowed by the water right: 7 cfs
* Is the screen New or a Replacement?: Replacement

Coordination Planning and Coordination Conduct planning and coordination with other landowners and natural resource agencies for restoration/protection projects. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $3,824
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Projects Administrative support includes fiscal tracking, contract compliance purchasing, payroll, and other similar administrative activities, invoice payments, contacts, indirect costs, and fringe benefits. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $181,367
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Projects / BPA Activities (BPA Activities) Produce BIOP/metrics, statement of work, accural estimates, and other requests made from BPA. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $22,943
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Outreach and Education Conduct demonstration tours of property and restoration projects for tribal, public, and agencies. Allow and promote education workshops to occur on Conservation Area. Participate in community activities such as resource booth at county fair. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $11,060
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
* # of general public reached: 25
* # of students reached: 25
* # of teachers reached: 3

Produce Annual Report Annual Report Produce annual SOW reports for performance period. 12/1/2007 12/30/2009 $5,736
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Quarterly Reports Complete quarterly status reports 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $3,824
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Existing Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor property fish, wildlife,and habitat Collect fish, wildlife, and haibtat trend data. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $40,392
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Riparian Habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop and Negotiate Water Right Transaction Lease water rights instream Lease approximately 8.5cfs of water rights on the Middle Fork property instream for aquatic benefit. 12/1/2006 11/30/2007 $2,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore stream base flows
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 2.41 FTE Manger, Tech 2, Program Manager, Secretary $76,543 $78,073 $79,635
Fringe Benefits 27% $20,666 $21,080 $21,501
Supplies Includes computer purchase 07 $18,650 $14,850 $14,850
Travel 1 vehicle rental, mileage, insurance, per diem $8,500 $8,850 $9,225
Other Utilities $3,675 $3,929 $4,143
Other Other fees, property insurance, advertising $2,600 $2,600 $2,600
Capital Equipment Backhoe replacement 07 $79,400 $ 0 $ 0
Other Subcontracts Large Wood, Cultural, Herbicide/Seed, Control Burn $59,108 $100,400 $18,500
Overhead Overhead/Indirect $49,641 $49,165 $50,143
Totals $318,783 $278,947 $200,597

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$798,327
Total Work Element budget$798,327

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
BOR Technical Service; Modeling, Surveying, and Project Design. 6 miles of survey completed during FY06 $115,000 $ 0 $ 0 In-Kind Confirmed
BPA Partial funds for Dead Cow Gulch project. Proposed in #199801800 John Day Watershed Restoration $30,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Review
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund Funding for project implementation. $9,099 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
Totals $154,099 $ 0 $ 0

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$193,840 $188,987 Following FY09 much of the proposed restoration projects will be complete. FY10 includes cost for 2nd HEP and FY 11 is primarily O & M.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Operations and Maintenance will continue near the FY11 amount. Future assessments, HEP, and monitoring are expexted for project evaluations and to monitor habitat trends.
 
Termination Date Comments
None Through the MOA, BPA is committed to funding Conservation Area management for the life of the hydropower system.
 
Final Deliverables
Conservation Area is to be managed for fish and wildlife in perpetuity.

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
$206,635
FY 2008 Budget
$206,635
FY 2009 Budget
$206,635
Total NPCC Rec
$619,905
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$206,635
FY 2008 Budget
$206,635
FY 2009 Budget
$206,635
Total NPCC Rec
$619,905
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 maintaining funding at the FY06 level and flatlining in the out years. High priority for CTWSRO for O&M funding.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is a well-written proposal with a clear history and clear objectives, methods, M&E, and demonstrated cooperation with other related projects. The Forrest Conservation Area was purchased by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes) in 2002 as a high priority project with BPA mitigation funds. The project has since received BPA annual funding for O&M as part of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Tribes and BPA. The Conservation Area is 4,232 acres and is split into two geographically separate parcels located along the Upper Middle Fork and Upper Mainstem John Day Rivers in the John Day Subbasin.

Though currently well below its potential for fish and wildlife due to previous habitat degradation, the property contains critical habitat used by spring Chinook, summer steelhead, and a variety of wildlife. Spawning spring Chinook densities on the Middle Fork property are the highest in the basin and the property represents 4,083 Habitat Units (HU) of protection for 7 wildlife mitigation species for BPA. Benefits from this project to focal and non-focal species should persist over the long term.

Previous ISRP reviews of this proposal were very positive and noted that it was an important high priority project. The current project proposal recounts biological results (gains) that have occurred since acquisition of the property.

Technical and scientific background: The technical and scientific background is excellent. It describes in detail the subbasin context and the Forrest Conservation area within it. It includes a description of the property, assessments conducted, baseline conditions, limiting factors, desired future conditions, and restoration strategies to achieve these. It also contains information that probably should be included in other sections (ties to other projects, history, objectives, etc). The section on spring Chinook contains a statement that the fish are protected under MSFCMA, when the reference should be to ESA. Helpful photos are provided. A good description of habitat issues that need to be addressed by the activities proposed in this project is also provided.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The proposal establishes good rationales and significance through linkages to the 2000 FCRPS BiOp and to the John Day Subbasin Plan (JD SBP). The conservation area is a key component of the JD SBP. Recovery strategies identified as highest priority in the SBP for are consistent with activities contained in the proposed project. Project actions are motivated by the limiting factors and their corresponding strategies in the JD SBP. The proposal also describes links to the 2002 Fish and Wildlife Program habitat strategies. The proposal also notes links to the Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi-Wa-Kish-Wit.

Relationships to other projects: An extensive list of direct links to and complementarities with other projects is provided. These projects are managed by CTWS, ODFW, CTUIR, OYCC, BOR, Grant SWCD, ODEQ, public schools, USDA NRCS, etc. The proposal describes very strong links with description of the nature of the link.

Project history is extensive and well documented, particularly for a project that is only 3+ years old. A short history of project development and funding is presented, followed by an extensive description of project activities by category such as fencing, planting, CREP, flow enhancements, irrigation improvements, fish screening, etc. The project clearly has implemented a substantial amount of restoration work. Good detail is provided as justification for the activities. A detailed description of monitoring of project activities is included.

Objectives: Objectives relate to those specified in the JD SBP and to specific restoration goals for the Forrest Conservation Area. Objectives are stated in general form, but become more specific in the expression of work elements and quite specific and measurable in the metrics presented in the administrative section. Objectives are reasonable and comprehensive.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Several work elements are associated with each objective. Some of the work elements are presented in general, rather than specific terms ((e.g. remove vegetation) but do contain discussion that establish the intention, context and rationale in more detail. Other work elements (replace culverts) are specific and measurable. The objectives and work elements cover a lot of ground and consist of reasonable sounding activities, but lack discussion of their motivation contained in the Oxbow proposal. Each work element contains collection of data for monitoring and evaluation. Specific measurable quantities are contained in the work element metrics (admin and budgeting section).

Monitoring and evaluation: A detailed description of monitoring activities is included in the section on project history. Work elements also contain components to "collect, generate, validate field and lab data" with a description of how these data will be used in evaluating success of the strategies. It would be useful to see the Forrest Area Management Plan to see how the monitoring is integrated to inform decision making on the area as a whole.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Facilities and personnel are well situated in place with strong ties to related projects. A specific list of equipment and facilities, with functions and conditions noted, is provided.

Information transfer: Good description of not only routine reporting to BPA but also specific details on information sharing and coordination with other projects and agencies. Indirectly addressed through listing of proposed reports.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is a well-written proposal with a clear history and clear objectives, methods, M&E, and demonstrated cooperation with other related projects. The Forrest Conservation Area was purchased by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes) in 2002 as a high priority project with BPA mitigation funds. The project has since received BPA annual funding for O&M as part of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Tribes and BPA. The Conservation Area is 4,232 acres and is split into two geographically separate parcels located along the Upper Middle Fork and Upper Mainstem John Day Rivers in the John Day Subbasin.

Though currently well below its potential for fish and wildlife due to previous habitat degradation, the property contains critical habitat used by spring Chinook, summer steelhead, and a variety of wildlife. Spawning spring Chinook densities on the Middle Fork property are the highest in the basin and the property represents 4,083 Habitat Units (HU) of protection for 7 wildlife mitigation species for BPA. Benefits from this project to focal and non-focal species should persist over the long term.

Previous ISRP reviews of this proposal were very positive and noted that it was an important high priority project. The current project proposal recounts biological results (gains) that have occurred since acquisition of the property.

Technical and scientific background: The technical and scientific background is excellent. It describes in detail the subbasin context and the Forrest Conservation area within it. It includes a description of the property, assessments conducted, baseline conditions, limiting factors, desired future conditions, and restoration strategies to achieve these. It also contains information that probably should be included in other sections (ties to other projects, history, objectives, etc). The section on spring Chinook contains a statement that the fish are protected under MSFCMA, when the reference should be to ESA. Helpful photos are provided. A good description of habitat issues that need to be addressed by the activities proposed in this project is also provided.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The proposal establishes good rationales and significance through linkages to the 2000 FCRPS BiOp and to the John Day Subbasin Plan (JD SBP). The conservation area is a key component of the JD SBP. Recovery strategies identified as highest priority in the SBP for are consistent with activities contained in the proposed project. Project actions are motivated by the limiting factors and their corresponding strategies in the JD SBP. The proposal also describes links to the 2002 Fish and Wildlife Program habitat strategies. The proposal also notes links to the Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi-Wa-Kish-Wit.

Relationships to other projects: An extensive list of direct links to and complementarities with other projects is provided. These projects are managed by CTWS, ODFW, CTUIR, OYCC, BOR, Grant SWCD, ODEQ, public schools, USDA NRCS, etc. The proposal describes very strong links with description of the nature of the link.

Project history is extensive and well documented, particularly for a project that is only 3+ years old. A short history of project development and funding is presented, followed by an extensive description of project activities by category such as fencing, planting, CREP, flow enhancements, irrigation improvements, fish screening, etc. The project clearly has implemented a substantial amount of restoration work. Good detail is provided as justification for the activities. A detailed description of monitoring of project activities is included.

Objectives: Objectives relate to those specified in the JD SBP and to specific restoration goals for the Forrest Conservation Area. Objectives are stated in general form, but become more specific in the expression of work elements and quite specific and measurable in the metrics presented in the administrative section. Objectives are reasonable and comprehensive.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Several work elements are associated with each objective. Some of the work elements are presented in general, rather than specific terms ((e.g. remove vegetation) but do contain discussion that establish the intention, context and rationale in more detail. Other work elements (replace culverts) are specific and measurable. The objectives and work elements cover a lot of ground and consist of reasonable sounding activities, but lack discussion of their motivation contained in the Oxbow proposal. Each work element contains collection of data for monitoring and evaluation. Specific measurable quantities are contained in the work element metrics (admin and budgeting section).

Monitoring and evaluation: A detailed description of monitoring activities is included in the section on project history. Work elements also contain components to "collect, generate, validate field and lab data" with a description of how these data will be used in evaluating success of the strategies. It would be useful to see the Forrest Area Management Plan to see how the monitoring is integrated to inform decision making on the area as a whole.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Facilities and personnel are well situated in place with strong ties to related projects. A specific list of equipment and facilities, with functions and conditions noted, is provided.

Information transfer: Good description of not only routine reporting to BPA but also specific details on information sharing and coordination with other projects and agencies. Indirectly addressed through listing of proposed reports.

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