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Proposal 199106100: Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation Project (Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area)

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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 Juli Anderson

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199106100
Proposal Name: Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation Project (Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area)
BPA Project Manager: Joe Deherrera
Agency, Institution or Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Short Description: Protect, increase, and maintain a viable sharp-tailed grouse meta population, increase mule deer use of the project site, and enhance habitat for shrubsteppe obligate species, as mitigation for losses associated with the Grand Coulee Dam.
Information Transfer: Expected outcomes are qualitative. Data reside locally at project site, at WDFW headquarters, and at BPA. Data are in both printed and electronic form. Data are used in WDFW-published management and recovery documents for sharp-tailed grouse. Data are available through WDFW's website: wdfw.wa.gov. Information derived from this project will be used to improve wildlife/habitat management techniques on mitigation and non-mitigation wildlife areas and will be provided to CBFWA project managers and other interested parties either electronically or in hard copy reports. All data, reports, techniques, and methods resulting from monitoring and research will be made available in accordance with WDFW policies regulating the release of sensitive fish and wildlife information.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Juli Anderson Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife/Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area 19602 Seven Springs Dairy Rd. E.
Creston, WA 99117
Ph: (509) 636-2344
Fax: (509) 636-2345
Email: anderjaa@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter Project manager for Swanson Lakes Wildlife Mitigation Project.
All Assigned Contacts
Juli Anderson Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife/Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area 19602 Seven Springs Dairy Rd. E.
Creston, WA 99117
Ph: (509) 636-2344
Fax: (509) 636-2345
Email: anderjaa@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter
Project manager for Swanson Lakes Wildlife Mitigation Project.
Paul Dahmer WDFW 600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
Ph: (360) 902-2480
Fax: (360)-902-2162
Email: dahmepad@dfw.wa.gov
Administrative Contact
WDFW's Wildlife Area section manger.

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Crab ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
47 40.53 118 26.56 Point on northern boundary of the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (SLWA). Approximately 10 miles south of Creston, Washington. Lincoln, Washington Crab Yes
47 32.15 118 22.59 Point on southern boundary of the SLWA. Lincoln, Washington Crab Yes
47 37.37 118 36.44 Point on western boundary of the SLWA. Lincoln, Washington Crab Yes
47 33.47 118 21.25 Point on eastern boundary of the SLWA. Lincoln, Washington Crab Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
All Wildlife
Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, mule deer, shrubsteppe obligate species.

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 14 grouse displaying on 3 leks. Planted 32 ha (80 ac) to grasses and forbs. Planted 500 riparian trees and shrubs in irrigated, fenced plot. Augmented sharp-tail population with 20 birds from BC and ID.
2004 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 19 grouse displaying on 5 leks, a sharp decline from previous year. Planted 49 ha (120 ac) to grasses and forbs. Plan for sharp-tail augmentation activities, to take place in spring 2005.
2003 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 28 grouse displaying on 5 leks, a sharp decline from previous year. Second-year fallowed 49 ha (120 ac) for planting to grass/forbs in 2004. Planted 500 trees.
2002 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 43 grouse displaying on 7 leks. Planted 30 ha (75 ac) to grasses and forbs. Maintained 60 miles of boundary fence. Controlled noxious weeds throughout the wildlife area.
2001 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 51 grouse displaying on 8 leks. Planted 36 ha (90 ac) to grasses and forbs. Maintained 60 miles of boundary fence. Controlled noxious weeds throughout the wildlife area.
2000 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 49 grouse displaying on 8 leks. Conducted neo tropical bird surveys. Replicated 1992 HEP surveys and established vegetation monitoring transects. Maintained boundary fence. Controlled noxious weeds.
1999 Completed the Cultural Resource Survey. Assisted Scotch Creek WA staff seed 162 ha (400 ac) to grasses/forbs, sharp-tailed grouse nesting and brood rearing habitat. Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 62 grouse displaying on 8 leks.
1998 Constructed 27 km (17 mi) of fence and repaired an additional 7 km (4.5 mi) of fence to protect habitat from livestock encroachment. Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 48 grouse displaying on 8 leks.
1997 Planted 28 ha (70 ac) to grasses and forbs. Planted 23,500 shrubs and trees. Purchased 321 ha (792 ac) of habitat. Established monitoring/evaluation transects. Conducted lek surveys: counted 57 sharp-tailed grouse displaying on 7 leks.
1996 Planted 210 ha to grasses and forbs. Planted 18,400 shrubs and trees. Purchased 119 ha (295 ac) of grouse habitat. Constructed 27 km (16 mi) of fence to protect habitat. Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 55 grouse displaying on 7 leks.
1995 Acquired 2,478 ha (5060 ac) Welch/Anderson properties, the 97 ha (240 ac) Rustemeyer/Finch ranch, and added 1,214 ha (3000 ac) Tracy Rock parcel purchased by WDFW. Coordinated grouse management activities with BLM's Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
1994 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 20 grouse displaying on 5 leks. Manager and assistant hired for project; planning started for future habitat restoration. Controlled noxious weeds. Started planning for habitat restoration work.
1993 Acquired the 4,208 ha (10,399 ac) Roloff property as the "core" sharp-tailed grouse area within WDFW's Sharp-tailed Grouse Mgmt Zone 4 and Sage Grouse Mgmt Zone 1.Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 41 grouse displaying on 6 leks.
1992 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 24 grouse displaying on 6 leks. Conducted baseline HEP surveys.

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: Douglas County PUD No. 1 [no entry] Wells Wildlife Mitigation Project Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
Other: : Federal [no entry] WDFW Shrubsteppe Restoration Research This research project evaluates the ability of restored agricultural fields to support native wildlife. The results of this research will help guide restoration and enhancement efforts on Swanson Lakes W.A. Several research plots are located on the W.A. The research is conducted by WDFW biologists.
Other: The Nature Conservancy [no entry] Moses Coulee/Beezley Hills Shrubsteppe Preserve The Nature Conservancy has acquired more than 25,000 acres of shrubsteppe habitat for the preserve. Their goal is to protect and restore large blocks of this habitat. Their work complements the shrubsteppe protection and restoration efforts of this project.
Other: Federal: US Army Corps of Engineers [no entry] Chief Joseph Dam Wildlife Mitigation Project Complements shrubsteppe protection as well as riparian enhancement and protection efforts of this project. The Corps project is located in north-central Washington, in the vicinity of Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area.
Other: County, State and Federal [no entry] Foster Creek Conservation District Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) The HCP will offer potential coverage to privately owned or operated agricultural lands in Douglas County. The Plan will include management recommendations for specific wildlife species and habitats, including those identified as focal indicators within the Upper Middle Mainstem (UMM) of the Columbia River. Complements the shrubsteppe protection and restoration efforts of this project, as well as sharp-tailed grouse population protection and enhancement efforts.
Other: Federal, Provincial [no entry] Okanogan-Similkameen Conservation Corridor Program This project advances the protection and restoration of shrubsteppe habitat and sharp-tailed grouse within the Okanogan River valley. It will provide a critical habitat and population link between Sagebrush Flat W.A., Scotch Creek W.A., and British Columbia.
Other: Federal and State [no entry] Sharp-tailed grouse Translocation Project This project funds the capture and transportation of sharp-tailed grouse from Idaho, British Columbia and or Utah to Washington. Birds are released on the Swanson Lake W.A. the Sagebrush Flat W.A. and lands owned by the Colville Confederated Tribes. This project is essential to maintaining and expanding the population of sharp-tailed grouse in North-Central Washington.
Other: Federal and State [no entry] Sage Grouse Translocation Project This project funds the capture and transportation of sage grouse from Oregon and/or Nevada to Central and North Central Washington. In the last two years birds have been released on the US Army's Yakima Training Center (YTC), located in Kittitas County. Radio marked birds have been observed near the YTC, on WDFW Wildlife Areas within Kittitas County. Additional translocation efforts are planned to take place in Douglas County by 2008. Units of the Sagebrush Flats W.A. have been identified as release sites. This project is essential to maintaining and expanding the population of sage grouse in Washington.
BPA 199404400 Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Mitigation Project Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 199609401 Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 199800300 Spokane Tribe Wildlife Mitigation Project Potential sharp-tailed habitat/restoration. The Spokane Tribe of Indians (STOI) would like to restore a population of sharp-tailed grouse to its lands, in future. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200103000 Sharp-Tailed Grouse Habitat This project is administered by the Colville Confederated Tribes. The project complements WDFW projects on the Swanson Lake WA, Scotch Creek WA and Sagebrush Flat WA to protect and enhance sharp-tailed grouse populations in North Central Washington. These projects have worked cooperatively to enhance and protect habitat. Additionally, they have initiated population augmentation efforts by translocating sharp-tailed grouse from source populations in Idaho and British Columbia to their respective project locations.
BPA 200103400 Forage and Mule Deer Conditions Helps determine quality of shrubsteppe habitat on/around SLWA. Help guide restoration/management at SLWA, to assist shrubsteppe obligate species in general, and sharp-tailed grouse in particular. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200201400 Sunnyside Wildlife Mitigation Shrubsteppe habitat restoration. Potential habitat for sharp-tailed grouse. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200310100 Enhance Fish and Wildlife - Reservation of Colville Tribes Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200600400 Wenas Wildlife Area Operation and Maintenance Potential sharp-tailed grouse habitat/restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200600500 Asotin Creek Wildlife Area Operation and Maintenance Potential sharp-tailed grouse habitat/restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
Other: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) None Telford/Twin Lakes/Coffeepot/Lakeview Recreation Areas Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Parts of these areas are adjacent to SLWA. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop. Enhance and protect existing habitat necessary for sharp-tailed grouse life requirements. Continue translocation efforts begun in 2005. Secure birds from Idaho, Utah and/or British Columbia. Crab Strategies S2-4. (Restore viable populations of shrubsteppe obligate species where possible.) Appx. C, pg 12
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe habitat Legal and regulatory instruments may be used for habitat protection and enhancement on Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, and on other nearby publicly-owned and private lands. Habitat protection includes, but is not limited to; acquisition, reducing or eliminating weed encroachment and disturbance factors, construction and maintenance of firebreaks, maintenance of boundary fences to prevent trespass cattle. Enhancement measures include, but are not limited to: weed control; planting native grasses, forbs and shrubs. Crab Strategies S1-1, -2, -3, and -4. (Address legal/regulatory instruments to protect habitat.) Appx. C, pg 12
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat Protection and enhancement of habitat on Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area. Habitat protection includes, but is not limited to; acquisition, reducing or eliminating weed encroachment and disturbance factors, construction and maintenance of firebreaks, maintenance of boundary fences to prevent trespass cattle. Enhancement measures include, but are not limited to: weed control; planting native grasses, forbs and shrubs. Crab Strategies S2-1, -2, -3, -5 -6, and - 7. (Address weed management, vegetational structure, habitat corridors, USDA habitat programs and other cooperative projects, and acquisition.) Appx. C, pg 12
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat. Coordinate with neighboring landowners, to effectively expand the boundaries of high-quality habitat for shrub-stepp obligate species.Habitat protection includes, but is not limited to; acquisition, reducing or eliminating weed encroachment and disturbance factors, construction and maintenance of firebreaks, maintenance of boundary fences to prevent trespass cattle. Enhancement measures include, but are not limited to: weed control; planting native grasses, forbs and shrubs. Crab Strategies S5-1, -2,and -3. (Address private landowner enrollment in CRP to provide/maintain high-quality habitat.) Appx. C, pg 12

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Plant Vegetation Restore shrubsteppe habitat Plant grasses and forbs for sharp-tailed grouse lekking, nesting and foraging habitat. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $112,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
* # of acres of planted: 225

Plant Vegetation Windmill and/or solar pump irrigated site planting Plant trees and shrubs for sharp-tailed grouse habitat, in up to three separate plots over three years. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $28,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Vegetation Maintain extant/restored vegetation Maintain extant, including restored, shrub/tree plantings, shrub-steppe habitat, and herbaceous seedings. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $48,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Vegetation Weed control Control weeds and undesirable vegetation on 20,000 acre wildlife area. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $96,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Maintain facilities Maintain physical improvements 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $96,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Maintain fence Maintain boundary fence. In addition to routine activities, replace burned wood posts, and brittle wire, caused by Wall Lake Fire of late summer 2005. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Public Access/Information Maintain roads/parking areas Maintain project roads/parking areas. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $32,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Public Access/Information Maintain signs and kiosks Maintain informational signs, reader boards, and kiosks. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $8,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Lease Land Maintain leases Lease land from WDNR, and lease lands out for haying and growing cereal grains. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $4,750
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Other Columbian sharp-tailed grouse augmentation Continue augmentation of sharp-tailed grouse at Swanson Lakes. Birds will come from areas including other states/British Columbia. This will provide additional numbers, and necessary genetic diversity, to give the small remaining local grouse population a better chance of survival. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Community outreach Conduct Citizens' Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, and presentations/tours with stakeholder groups as needed. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $3,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Administrative duties Coordinated and responsive actions consistent with wildlife area management/mitigation goals and objectives and improved employee performance, and compliance with pesticide application licensing requirements. Purchase pickup truck, $30k, in 2007. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $130,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Annual report of activities/accomplishments Annual report of activities/work elements. 7/1/2007 9/30/2009 $1,600
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Coordinate payments Fire protection, PILT, and weed assessment payments. Fire protection: approx. $5,000/yr, plus inflation. PILT and weed assessments: $2,000/year, plus inflation. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $30,153
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Produce PISCES status reports Produce quarterly reports 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $3,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Assess habitat conditions Continue to assess vegetation trends and HEP model variables. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $9,750
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect habitat condition data. Collect raw data on shrub-steppe/associated habitat types at Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area. This data will be used to continue assessments of vegetation trends and HEP model variables. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $38,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor recreational use Monitor/report recreational use on the wildlife area, both consumptive and non-consumptive, based on encounters with the public while performing habitat enhancement/management activities. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $8,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor sharp-tailed grouse Monitor, and search for more, sharp-tailed grouse leks and presence of sharp-tailed grouse on the wildlife area. Produce lek use report for WDFW grouse research biologist. 3/1/2007 6/30/2009 $16,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 2.5 FTE: Manager, Assistant Manager, and 0.5 FTE Laborer. Annual 3.5% inflation factor used. $115,750 $119,750 $124,000
Fringe Benefits Annual 3.5% inflation factor used. $25,500 $26,500 $27,500
Supplies Vehicles, office and field supplies/equipment, rent, utilities, fire control contracts and leases. Annual 3.5% inflation factor used. $34,211 $35,502 $36,571
Travel Inflation factor of $100/year used. $1,500 $1,600 $1,700
Capital Equipment Replace half-ton pickup truck. No overhead applied. $30,000 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead State FY '07 rate of 28.89% applied. Not applied to capital equipment. $51,124 $52,970 $54,825
Totals $258,085 $236,322 $244,596

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$739,003
Total Work Element budget$739,003

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
$288,157 $262,017 All years: add 3.5% inflation cost. FY 2010: Purchase replacement heavy-duty pickup truck, $35,000.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Future operational costs include administrative duties, monitoring recreational use and sharp-tailed grouse populations, community outreach, and reporting. Ongoing maintenance needs include extant tree and shrub plantings, roads and parking areas, weed control, equipment and vehicle repairs, signs and reader boards, physical improvements, and fence repair. Future Operations and Maintenance costs will be similar to this project proposal.
 
Termination Date Comments
Ongoing Long-term operation and management of wildlife habitat migitation projects is a necessary component of mitigating the long-term operation of the Columbia River hydroelectric system.
 
Final Deliverables
Secured high-quality habitat that, along with other projects, mitigates the wildlife impacts of the Columbia River hydroelectric system.

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
$83,333
FY 2008 Budget
$83,333
FY 2009 Budget
$83,333
Total NPCC Rec
$249,999
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
$83,333
FY 2008 Budget
$83,333
FY 2009 Budget
$83,333
Total NPCC Rec
$249,999
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal clearly relates the need for intervention to increase and maintain sharp-tailed grouse populations on SLWA. The proposal adequately describes the relationship between the objectives in the project and the Crab Subbasin Plan. However, because of the continuing decline in sharp-tailed grouse numbers, it is not clear if the facilities and personnel are appropriate to achieve restoration.

The history of the project is effectively documented. Some evaluation of results is included but more indication of possible reasons for the continuing decline of sharp-tailed grouse populations despite intensive intervention efforts is recommended. While results to date are not promising it may be that habitat enhancement activities that are in place, coupled with protection and supplementation, will show signs of success in the near future.

The ambitious monitoring and evaluation component may serve as an example for others if conducted, documented, and distributed effectively. The ISRP was pleased to see plans for monitoring vegetation, planted shrubs, and marking supplemental birds from Idaho and British Columbia. A few additional considerations could improve the monitoring and evaluation component of the proposal. Participants should monitor livestock trespass to ensure the adequacy of smooth wire bottom strand of new fencing. The proposal could include some analysis of genetic composition of individuals on the area as well as samples from birds added annually. These data could serve as baseline information and allow a critical evaluation of the importance of genetics in recovery of these birds.

Measurable objectives in terms of sharp-tailed grouse numbers as well as habitat alterations are clearly stated. The proposal, however, should better present support for the importance of fragmentation of habitats for this population. The sponsors do a good job of clearly indicating the relationship of this project with other projects and identifying cooperative efforts for sharing information on sharp-tailed grouse with other projects.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal clearly relates the need for intervention to increase and maintain sharp-tailed grouse populations on SLWA. The proposal adequately describes the relationship between the objectives in the project and the Crab Subbasin Plan. However, because of the continuing decline in sharp-tailed grouse numbers, it is not clear if the facilities and personnel are appropriate to achieve restoration.

The history of the project is effectively documented. Some evaluation of results is included but more indication of possible reasons for the continuing decline of sharp-tailed grouse populations despite intensive intervention efforts is recommended. While results to date are not promising it may be that habitat enhancement activities that are in place, coupled with protection and supplementation, will show signs of success in the near future.

The ambitious monitoring and evaluation component may serve as an example for others if conducted, documented, and distributed effectively. The ISRP was pleased to see plans for monitoring vegetation, planted shrubs, and marking supplemental birds from Idaho and British Columbia. A few additional considerations could improve the monitoring and evaluation component of the proposal. Participants should monitor livestock trespass to ensure the adequacy of smooth wire bottom strand of new fencing. The proposal could include some analysis of genetic composition of individuals on the area as well as samples from birds added annually. These data could serve as baseline information and allow a critical evaluation of the importance of genetics in recovery of these birds.

Measurable objectives in terms of sharp-tailed grouse numbers as well as habitat alterations are clearly stated. The proposal, however, should better present support for the importance of fragmentation of habitats for this population. The sponsors do a good job of clearly indicating the relationship of this project with other projects and identifying cooperative efforts for sharing information on sharp-tailed grouse with other projects.

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