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Proposal 200102700: Western Pond Turtle Recovery - Columbia River Gorge - Washington

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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 David Anderson

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200102700
Proposal Name: Western Pond Turtle Recovery - Columbia River Gorge - Washington
BPA Project Manager: Sarah Branum
Agency, Institution or Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Short Description: This project will continue with recovery efforts for the western pond turtle in the Columbia River Gorge. Emphasis will be habitat improvement and predator control. Population augmentation will continue at select sites to aid in recovery.
Information Transfer: Results from this effort will contribute towards delisting of the western pond turtle in Washington. A centralized database has been developed for managing individual histories on all western pond turtles in the Columbia River Gorge. This data will be provided to BPA
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
David Anderson Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife [left blank]
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Ph: 509.395.2232
Fax: 509.395.2232
Email: anderdpa@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter Additional email address: dpwild@gorge.net (noted by dba 12/13/05)
All Assigned Contacts
David Anderson Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife [left blank]
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Ph: 509.395.2232
Fax: 509.395.2232
Email: anderdpa@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter
Project Lead
Additional email address: dpwild@gorge.net (noted by dba 12/13/05)

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Gorge ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Columbia Gorge ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45 42.560 121 43.723 Bergen Road Ponds - USFS Skamania Ponds Skamania, Washington Columbia Lower Middle Yes
45 38.007 121 59.728 Pierce Lake - USFWS Pierce NWR - Ridgefield NWR Complex Skamania, Washington Columbia Lower Middle Yes
45 42.640 121 19.191 Sondino Ponds - WDFW Klickitat Ponds Klickitat, Washington Columbia Lower Middle Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
Western Pond Turtle - Primary

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 77 HEAD START TURTLES WERE RELEASED IN 2005. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF WESTERN POND TURTLES RELEASED IN THE GORGE SINCE 1991 (BEGINNING OF PROGRAM) IS 854. 34 FEMALES PRODUCED 90 HATCHLINGS IN 2005. BULLFROG CONTROL AND HABITAT IMPROVEMENT CONTINUE
2004 136 HEAD START JUVENILE TURTLES WERE RELEASED DURING THE 2004. 85 HATCHLINGS WERE PRODUCED FOR THE FOLLOWING YEARS RELEASE. DATA COLLECTION FOR A 4-YEAR TLEMETRY STUDY OF SURVIVAL AND HABITAT USE OF JUVENILES WAS COMPLETED. BULLFROG CONTROL CONTINUED.
2003 IN 2002/2003 27 FEMALE TURTLES PRODUCED A TOTAL OF 33 NESTS. 67 JUVENILE TURTLES WERE RELEASED FROM 2002 IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE. 51 OF THESE TURTLES WERE RELEASED AT PIERCE NWR. TURTLES AT PIERCE NWR WERE MONITORED FOR SURVIVAL AND HABITAT USE.
2002 IN 2001/2002 62 FEMALE WESTERN POND TURTLES WERE TRANSMITTER EQUIPPED FOR THE "HEAD START PROGRAM" JUVENILE TURTLES WERE REARED IN CAPTIVITY FOR 9 MONTHS PRIOR TO RELEASE BACK TO THE WILD. A THIRD POPULATION OF TURTLES WAS ESTABLISHED AT PIERCE NWR.

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 200102700 Western Pond Turtle Recovery This proposal is a continuation of the western pond turtle recovery project currently funded by BPA. The current contract covers Oct 1, 2005 - September 30, 2006.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Restore WPT Populations Re-establish self sustaining populations in the Columbia Gorge. The Recovery Plan calls for 3 populations in the Gorge to downlist to threatened. Four populations are needed for delisting. Each population must reach at least 200 animals and meet conservation targets for age structure, reproduction and habitat security. Columbia Gorge Continue "head start program" to augument populations. Improve nesting and foraging habitat through pond and meadow development. Reduce predation by introduced species such as bullfrog. 92-93

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Remove bullfrog egg masses Improve western pond turtle survuval by reducing bullfrog population by egg mass removal. 5/1/2007 6/30/2009 $8,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Ensure Environmental Compliance is Current Review project with BPA and determine if current compliance is appropriate for 2007-2009. 10/1/2006 11/30/2006 $2,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create, Restore, and/or Enhance Wetland Pierce Lake Enhancement - Pierce National Wildlife Refuge Enhance Pierce Lake wetland. Pierce Lake beaver dam was destroyed in 2005 and critical habitat for the western pond turtle was eliminated. Porposed work would rebuild wetland with water control structure. 3/1/2007 8/30/2009 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of acres treated: Enhance 10 acre wetland

Develop Terrestrial Habitat Features Enhance Skamania Ponds Utilize work crew to remove non-native vegetation including Scot's broom and blackberrys. 8/1/2007 9/30/2009 $24,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of features: Enhance 10 acres of upland habitat for nesting

Develop Terrestrial Habitat Features Pierce Lake Upland Restoration Upland vegetation would be managed to reduce reed canary grass and restore short grass meadow. Habitat imporvement would follow Comprehenisve Plan for refuge management. 3/1/2007 8/30/2009 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of features: Restore 20 acres of upland habitat

Other Headstart program at Zoos Woodland Park and Oregon Zoo will provide husbandry services for care of juvenile western pond turtles. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $38,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Produce annual and quarterly Reports Porvide BPA with reports as required by contract 10/1/2006 10/30/2009 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage Project Oversight and project development 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $23,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Headstart Field Effort Capture and mark western pond turtles for population monitoring. Transmitter-equip female turtles to locate nest sites. Juvenile turtles will be collected and moved to Zoos for overwintering. Juvenile turtles will be released in the Gorge to augment existing populations and establish fourth population as per recovery goals. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $368,907
Biological Objectives Metrics
Primary R, M, and E Type: Produce a minimum of 75 juvenile turtles annually
Primary R, M, and E Type: Capture/Mark turtles for population estimate
Primary R, M, and E Type: Capture minimum of 15 females for "head start"
Focal Area: Identify 4th release site for new pop. and release
Primary R, M, and E Type: Take bullfrog egg masses at Sondino and Bergen
Primary R, M, and E Type: Collect a minimum of 50 samples for genetics work


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $71,135 $71,135 $71,135
Fringe Benefits [blank] $26,804 $26,804 $26,804
Supplies [blank] $9,200 $6,000 $6,000
Travel [blank] $4,000 $4,000 $4,000
Other Subcontract $16,400 $16,400 $16,400
Overhead 28.89 % $36,848 $35,921 $35,921
Other BPA Direct Contract to USFWS - Wetland and Upland Enhancement $30,000 $15,000 $15,000
Totals $194,387 $175,260 $175,260

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$544,907
Total Work Element budget$544,907

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
Oregon Zoo - Portland Animal Care - Husbandry $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 In-Kind Confirmed
USFS Personnel - Hazard Fuel Reduction Program - Habitat Improvement $2,500 $20,000 $20,000 In-Kind Under Development
USFWS Personnel and Equipment $3,500 $2,500 $2,500 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW Personnel $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW - ALEA Volunteer Support $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 Cash Confirmed
Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle Animal Care - Husbandry $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $54,000 $70,500 $70,500

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$45,000 $45,000 Populaion Monitoring and Habitat Improvement (estimate)
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
This funding will be requested to BPA for supplement to other state and private funding anticipated for population monitoring and habitat improvement, including predator control as needed. Head start effort will be reduced and maintained by state.
 
Termination Date Comments
Ongoing Funding requests are anticipated for basic monitoring of 4 populations of western pond turtles in the Columbia River Gorge. Additional funding will be provided by other state and private organizations currently involved with conservation measures. Monitoring goals will follow those presented on page 93 of Columbia Gorge Subbasin Plan.
 
Final Deliverables
Annual reports will be provided. Final reports of radio-telemetry studies and overwinter habitat use will be available. Database of all individual turtle histories will be presented in Access database.

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
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Do Not Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
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: See Washington guidance


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The sponsors did a good job of responding to the fix-it requests. Given the population estimates provided in the fix-it response, the ISRP team wondered about recruitment problems. To get at this issue, it would be valuable for the sponsors to record age/size classes in turtles they capture. For instance, recording the size classes of turtles at capture might be a way to identify year class differences and age classes in the population and lead to better understanding of recruitment. The ISRP noted and was pleased to see that there are plans to radio mark and track adult females in the population to better understand this segment of the population. In future work, the ISRP will look for authors to better understand the population dynamics of this species. The ISRP would also like to see a critical evaluation of the head-start work in future proposals. As the ISRP understand it, from 1991 to 2001, 116 head-started western pond turtles were released at the Bergen site(s). Population estimates for 2001 were that 121 turtles are in the Bergen area, and there were 55 acres of habitat work in the area as well. The ISRP wonders what is happening to turtles released at Bergen? Is this site typical? This example reminds us that the ISRP and the field biologists need to be able to critically evaluate their methods (e.g. head start) so they can change them (adaptive management) if necessary.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: This proposal meets the ISRP review criteria and benefits wildlife; however, the ISRP would like to see a response to the following issues before making a final recommendation.

1) Project history is not well described. The authors need to more clearly identify how many turtles (by sex) were “head started” by facility, in each year, and when and where these individuals were released. The authors should also display the progress of habitat acquisition (acres) and enhancement (acres) detailed by year, site, activity, effort expended.

2) In Objective 1, the ISRP recommends that the authors use previous work (1996-2005) as a pilot project and analyze abundance using mark recapture and present their results (mean, confidence intervals) and clearly present these estimates in a long-term recovery analysis. In Objective 1, the ISRP believes the authors need to better define evaluation criteria that will use to select new site(s) for turtle release.

3) In Objective 2, the authors need to identify sample sizes of turtles they will mark and methods they will use to estimate survival. The choice of mark recapture as a technique to monitor turtle populations should be evaluated by analyzing data on hand as a "pilot project." The ISRP suggests authors propose alternative(s) to mark/recapture as a technique for estimating population size (e.g. index such as capture/effort?).

4) Objective 3 could be improved with a summary that describes the past husbandry techniques and specific changes that will be made in the future.

5) Objective 5 could be improved if the authors present acreages of habitat they will manage, how they will manage these acres, and present plans to evaluate habitat.

6) Also lacking are plans to evaluate efforts to reduce bullfrog populations.

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