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Proposal 199405400: Migratory Patterns, Structure, Abundance and Status of Bull Trout Populations in Subbasins of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountain Provinces

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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 Steve Jacobs

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199405400
Proposal Name: Migratory Patterns, Structure, Abundance and Status of Bull Trout Populations in Subbasins of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountain Provinces
BPA Project Manager: Sarah Branum
Agency, Institution or Organization: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Short Description: Proposed objectives address distribution and temperature associations of subadults in Mill Cr./Walla Walla R.) migration characteristics of Hood River bull trout and development of bull trout monitoring plan for the Grand Ronde and John Day subbasins.
Information Transfer: Consultation with federal, state and tribal Agencies, presentations at professional meetings, publication of technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Steve Jacobs Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 28655 Hwy 34
Corvallis, OR 97333
Ph: 5417574263
Fax: 5417574102
Email: steve.jacobs@oregonstate.edu
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Steve Jacobs Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 28655 Hwy 34
Corvallis, OR 97333
Ph: 5417574263
Fax: 5417574102
Email: steve.jacobs@oregonstate.edu
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mainstem/Systemwide ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Systemwide ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
, Oregon Hood No
, Oregon John Day No
, Oregon Grande Ronde No
Mill Creek , Oregon Walla Walla No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Bull Trout

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Completed redd census in Upper and Mid. Fk. John Day R., continued redd calibration for fluvial and resident fish in Mill Creek, Installed PIT tag array and PIT tagged 577 subadults of which 433 were detected at array. Completed Lostine Temperature study.
2004 Completed EMAP pilot study: exceeded target precision at province and subsan scale, estimate of total redds was similar to census surveys in Walla Walla subbasin. Estimated error of redd surveyors in the Walla Walla subbasin.
2003 Completed second year of EMAP pilot study, redd calibration for fluvial and resident fish in Mill Creek, recovered archival temp. tags from fluvival adults, radio tracked adults in Umatilla Basin.
2002 Change in project direction: EMAP pilot study for redd estimates, assessments of accuracy of fluvial and resident redd counts, Fine scale population genetics, migration patterns of Umatilla River fluvial adults, temperature selection of fluvial adults.
2001 Large migratory bull trout occupy an extensive continuum of habitats during the winter from remaining in or near spawning reaches to 280 km downstream. Prior to first spawning, fluvial bull trout typically spend 15 months downstream and double in size.
2000 Downstream subadult movement in John day and Mill Cr. show similar timing and size. Little use of mainstem John Day R. by fluvial adults. Abundance of total redds in L. Minam and Mill Cr. highly correlated to counts of redds in index reaches.
1999 Bull and brook trout have similar diet, brook trout dominant. Resident redd counts don't work for streams with fine substrate. Subadults are generaly 3 years old before leaving natal streams. Weneha adults can overwinter in Grand Rhonde or Snake Rs.
1998 Mill Cr and John Day R. bull trout migration: adults move upstream in summer, peak subadult migration in spring, similar size in both subbasins. Continued radio tagging. Relationship of redd features to fish & substrate size. Redd count precision studies.
1997 Determined movement patterns through radiotagging. Timing of subadult down stream migration. Habitat features of bull and brook trout rearing streams. Interactions of bull and brook trout. Distribution, timing, life span of bull trout redds.
1996 Microsatellite DNA analysis of Bull trout: 3 major lineages in Oregon: Coastal, Inland and Klamath. Determined distribution of bull trout and brook trout in the John Day, Dechutes and Powder subbasins. Preliminary studies of bull trout redd features.
1995 Sample collection for DNA analysis through electrofishing in 11 Oregon subbasins. Evaluation of the extent of injury to bull trout by electrofishing. Document the composition of sympatric fish species associated with bull trout natal areas.

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 [no entry] Proposed new project ( 200715700) by CTWSRO to assess bull trout life history and abundance. Bull trout research conducted by CTWSRO in the lower Deschutes subbasin began during 1998 as part this project. Study objectives proposed by CTWSRO are being submitted as a “new project” (Project 200715700) because their proposal addresses specific bull trout monitoring needs for the Deschutes Subbasin, specificly populations ocurring within the Reservation. However, development of methodologys for determining migratory patterns and habitat use of bull trout in the Warm Springs River (Objective B) will be coordinated with Objective 1 of this proposal so the results will be comparable and complementary. Project design and results will be shared to ensure the information obtained from both projects will aid in the restoration of bull trout state-wide.
Other: USFWS [no entry] U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Monitoring and Evaluation Group for bull trout (RMEG) The RMEG will collaborate on monitoring design aspects associated with Objective 3.
BPA 198805304 Hood River Production M&E-ODFW Personnel in this project will coordinate by PIT-tagging and interrogating bull trout for PIT tags from fish captured in screw traps and at Powerdale Dam. Further we will radio-tag a portion of the bull trout captured at their screw trap in the lower Middle Fork Hood River.
BPA 199801600 Escapement/Productivity Spring Our objective addressing habitat patch analysis and development og a monitoring framework will complement the ongoing EMAP-design steelhead monitoring study in the John Day subbasin (project 199801600) and a similar study proposed for the Grande Ronde subbasin under this RFP. Our proposal will help provide a complementary bull trout monitoring component to these efforts, and we will also look at areas of overlap where similar sampling units and methods can more efficiently and economically be used to provide data on both species.
BPA 199902400 Bull Trout Assessment Col Gorg Proposed objective for Hood River bull trout will complement this study by providing additional information on the use of Bonneville Reservoir by bull trout and through PIT-tagging hood river bull trout for potential detection in sampling associated with this study.
BPA 200306500 Bull Trout In Bonneville Reser Proposed objective for Hood River bull trout will complement this study by providing additional information on the use of Bonneville Reservoir by bull trout and through PIT-tagging hood river bull trout for potential detection in sampling associated with this study.
Other: ODFW SFR-funded research F-136-R-19 This priject will initiate work on Objective 2 (Hood River Bull Trout) in 2006. This funding source will be used to purchase and install PIT tag arrays and begin capturing and tagging.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework Develop a consistent framework to delineate the sampling frame and sample units for monitoring bull trout distribution in the Plateau and Blue Mountain Provinces, assess patterns of distribution and abundance among those units and develop standard protocols for monitoring bull trout within those units. None [Strategy left blank] [Pg no blank]
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout Determine the migratory characteristics of Hood River bull trout and assess how migration is affected by flow diversions within the Hood River Basin. Hood Conserve bull trout genetic diversity and maintain and expand opportunity for genetic exchange. Maintain and restore suitable habitat conditions for all bull trout life history stages and life history strategies. 178-9
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution Determine the seasonal movement and distribution patterns of subadult fluvial bull trout in Mill Creek, a tributary to the Walla Walla River, and the relationship of those patterns to water temperatures. Walla Walla The following research needs related to the bull trout subadult movement were identified: 1. Critical uncertainties include habitat/life history stage relationships, 2. Average daily movement by month and reach,3.Passage through the lower Mill Creek 10

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 for Data Collection Activities Apply for Environmental Compliance Permits 3/1/2007 2/28/2009 $17,254
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation ESA permitting/NEPA compliance File Environmental Compliance reports 3/1/2007 2/28/2009 $17,256
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer the Project Manage all aspects of project 3/1/2007 5/31/2010 $138,045
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan 3.5.1 Produce/Submit Scientific Plan for Monitoring Framework-Stage 5 In consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife RMEG and external peer-review (e.g., through the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership [PNAMP], ISRP, or the American Fisheries Society [AFS]), we will develop a common approach to delineating sampling frames for monitoring of bull trout and a plan to monitor bull trout distribution and abundance in the study subbasins. 5/1/2009 5/31/2010 $69,187
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual Progress Report Produce 3 annual Progress reports 3/1/2008 5/31/2010 $144,947
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Produce Progress/Milestone Report Maintain reporting requirements in PICES 3/1/2007 2/28/2009 $31,060
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Status Reporting Maintain reporting requirements in PICES 3/1/2007 2/28/2009 $31,060
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Final Reports and Scientific Journal Publications Produce final reports and/or scientific journal publications for all aspects of project work 3/1/2009 5/31/2010 $208,146
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data 1.3 Subadult data analysis and reporting analyze and report subadult data 10/1/2007 5/31/2010 $110,436
Biological Objectives Metrics
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data 2.3 Hood River data analysis and reporting Analyze and report data collected for Hood River bull trout migration study 10/1/2007 5/31/2010 $55,218
Biological Objectives Metrics
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data 3.1.3 Analyze/Interpret Data for Monitoring Framework-Stage 1 Develop regression models to predict stream temperature profiles from stream elevation and catchment basin area for each subbasin. Alternatively use linear interpolation where data are sufficiently abundant. Using the GIS identify downstream boundaries of potential natal habitat patches using either a temperature threshold (e.g., Selong et al. 2001; Dunham et al. 2003b) where temperature data are available or an elevation threshold based on the elevation-temperature models from the previous task in portions of the subbasin lacking sufficient temperature data. Adjust patch size by removing ephemeral and intermittent streams. Work with local biologists for review and refinement of final patch maps. 4/1/2007 6/30/2007 $26,090
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data 3.4.3 Analyze/Interpret Data for Monitoring Framework-Stage 4 Data on bull trout distribution and patch characteristics will be analyzed with a variety of statistical procedures suitable for categorical data, such as discriminant function analysis, logistic regression, Poisson regression, or classification and regression trees (CART). 3/1/2008 2/28/2009 $70,817
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data 1.1 Subadult Field Data Collection Data collection for field studies associated with Objective 1. 3/1/2007 9/30/2009 $110,436
Biological Objectives Metrics
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data 2.1 Hood River Field Data Collection All aspects of field data collection for Hood River bull trout 3/1/2007 9/30/2009 $55,218
Biological Objectives Metrics
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data 3.3.1 Collect/Generate/Validate Field for Monitoring Framework-Stage 3 Employ electrofishing or snorkeling to estimate densities of bull trout and sympatric fish species at sample sites. Response reaches for each sample point will span100 meters of the stream channel. Bull trout X brook trout hybrids will be classified based on dorsal fin patterns. Measure lengths of all bull trout (maximum of 30) at each sample site where fish are captured. Conduct mark-recapture at a systematic subset of the sample sites to estimate sampling efficiency and delectability following protocols outlined in Peterson et al. (2002; 2004) and Rosenberger and Dunham (2005). 6/15/2007 9/30/2009 $67,090
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database 3.1.2 Create/Manage/Maintain Database for Monitoring Framework-Stage 1 Develop relational database and integrated GIS to display stream elevation and temperature profiles. Archive metadata. 3/1/2007 5/31/2010 $18,636
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database 3.2.2 Create/Manage/Maintain Database for Monitoring Framework-Stage 2 Develop relational database and integrated GIS to catalog presence of bull trout within delineated habitat patches, and document patch metadata. 7/1/2007 9/30/2007 $18,636
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database 3.3.2 Create/Manage/Maintain Database for Monitoring Framework-Stage 3 Develop relational database and integrated GIS containing densities of bull trout and other species and sampling efficiencies. Archive metadata. 6/15/2007 9/30/2009 $29,818
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database 3.4.2 Create/Manage/Maintain Database for Monitoring Framework-Stage 4 Develop relational database to manage data sets for independent variables and response (presence of bull trout). 4/1/2007 7/30/2008 $26,090
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs 3.2.3 Develop RM&E Methods and Designs for Monitoring Framework-Stage 2 Develop sampling design to sample patch network to fill information needs for landscape model development. Sampling priorities will be set to obtain data for patches where bull trout presence cannot be verified from existing data. Develop sampling design (e.g., EMAP) to monitor bull trout distribution and abundance within selected patches. Design alternatives will include estimated statistical power and confidence intervals for varying sampling intensities and associated costs. 6/15/2007 9/30/2007 $26,090
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results 1.4 Subadult findings communication Present results to management and research audiences 12/1/2007 5/31/2010 $27,609
Biological Objectives Metrics
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results 2.4 Hood River findings communication Present results to management and research audiences 12/1/2007 5/31/2010 $13,804
Biological Objectives Metrics
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data 1.2 Subadult PIT PTAGIS database Submit PIT tag data to PTAGIS 5/1/2007 2/1/2009 $27,609
Biological Objectives Metrics
Subadult Seasonal Movement and Distribution
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data 2.2 Hood River PIT tag PTAGIS Database submit PIT tag data to PTAGIS 5/1/2007 2/1/2009 $13,804
Biological Objectives Metrics
Migratory Characteristics of Hood River Bull Trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data 3.1.1 Submit/Acquire Data for Monitoring Framework-Stage 1 Acquire 1:100,000 stream coverages, high-resolution digital elevation model (DEM) data, and available water temperature and low flow stream width data, and distribution of fish movement barriers for the John Day and Grand Ronde subasins. 3/1/2007 4/30/2007 $3,727
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data 3.2.1 Submit/Acquire Data for Monitoring Framework-Stage 2 Acquire data records of known occurrences of bull trout within delineated habitat patches within last 10 years from available field sampling 7/1/2007 8/31/2007 $5,591
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data 3.4.1 Submit/Acquire Data for Monitoring Framework-Stage 4 Compile data sets needed as independent variables to model bull trout distribution among habitat patches. 3/1/2007 6/30/2007 $16,772
Biological Objectives Metrics
Bull Trout Monitoring Framework
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel Perminent and seasonal staff $106,287 $106,287 $106,287
Fringe Benefits OPE $66,563 $66,563 $66,563
Supplies [blank] $13,914 $7,164 $7,164
Travel vehicles and per diam $7,250 $11,050 $11,050
Capital Equipment PIT Tags, multiplexer, electrofisher $10,740 $7,686 $ 0
Overhead ODFW overhead $69,593 $68,534 $68,534
Other USFS subcontract $167,018 $167,018 $167,018
Other USGS subcontract $24,895 $26,035 $27,233
Totals $466,260 $460,337 $453,849

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,380,446
Total Work Element budget$1,380,446

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 Department of Fish and Wildlife Field Sampling Equiptment and Supplies $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife Personal services $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 In-Kind Confirmed
RMEG Personal services $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 In-Kind Confirmed
USFS-Hood RD Personal services $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 In-Kind Under Development
USFS-PNW supplies $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 In-Kind Confirmed
USFS-PNW Personal services $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 In-Kind Confirmed
USFWS Vancouver Personal services $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 In-Kind Under Review
USGS Personal services $7,121 $7,477 $7,851 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $66,121 $66,477 $66,851

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$400,000 $400,000 cost will varry according to study objectives
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
none Work will be continued until monitoring program is in place to track Oregon portion of Columbia basin bull trout relative to recovery goals.
 
Final Deliverables
Monitoring Plan for Oregon portion of Columbia basin bull trout Final reports summarizing Project findings Publications in scientific journals

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:Basinwide
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
$367,500
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$367,500
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$367,500
Total MSRT Rec
$1,102,500
Budget Category:Basinwide
Comments: ISRP questioned the linkage between research and management actions.

Local or MSRT Comments: There are two unresolved issues with the bull trout projects. First, the tie to the FCRPS Bull Trout BiOp and FCRPS responsibility. Second, coordination with USCOE bull trout projects would be expected and cost savings should be identified. To be consistent with other mainstem/systemwide recommendations, the project budget was cut to the FY06 level of $350,000 plus a 5% increase for increased costs (The FY06 budget that totaled approximately $488,000 included efforts implemented by the Warm Springs Tribe at a cost of approximately $125,000. Those efforts are no longer part of this project but instead have been proposed through Proposal 200715700). The MSRT recommends that the budget for this project be reduced through deferral of equipment purchases and reduction in subcontracts to USFS and USGS. Development of a bull trout monitoring plan should be completed through CSMEP and not individual projects; therefore, costs associated with developing the monitoring plan can be eliminated because this effort should be implemented through funds that ODFW receives to participate in CSMEP.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: The qualification of the fundable recommendation is based on continuing concern about linkages between the research and ultimate management actions.

The project sponsors provide adequate responses to the ISRP request for clarification of the design of the model development, the standardized monitoring protocol, and the need to continue to collect life-history data on bull trout in multiple subbasins. The ISRP continues to believe the sponsors need to improve the argument that this project will contribute to the development of recovery actions/plans for bull trout. The responses do not indicate that this proposed research is closely integrated with actual management decisions. It is not clear that the management branch of the sponsoring agency is even adequately integrated into this proposal. This is a weakness in the proposal. If this project is continued the sponsors should be able to better demonstrate that the information generated is influencing management decisions.

As an ongoing project, reporting of results has been good with consistent production on Annual Reports to BPA and several peer-reviewed papers. A complete list of these reports and papers (inserted in Section E) would be helpful.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: This proposal addresses what seems to be a set of problems that are not well integrated with each other or with management options for bull trout. The project sponsors provide brief summaries of previous work on four topics -- genetics/metapopulation structure, bull trout/brook trout interactions, bull trout migration, and monitoring. The summary of population structure is adequate, but the others leave the conclusions and next steps too open ended. A response is needed to clarify that the design of the model development and standardized monitoring protocol is adequate, and that studying juvenile and subadult movements is required in each of these subbasins.

It is difficult to ascertain how critical the results of this study would be for management. There do not seem to be any managers in the various basins actively on board and involved with this proposed work (at least as presented in the proposal). The direct linkage is not well established between the proposed research and benefits of implementation on the species basinwide. The summary of relationships to other projects (section D) is not adequate to establish that the facilities, equipment, and personnel are appropriate to complete the work identified in this proposal.

For preparing a response, the ISRP provides these additional comments/questions for the sponsors to consider. What is the bottom line on bull trout/brook trout interactions? Do we need to evaluate hybridization on a case-by-case basis or can generalizations be extended to unstudied regions? What do ecological interactions tell us about habitat protection issues? Similarly for migration patterns, from these previous investigations how should subsequent investigations be conducted? What are the new questions? Is it necessary to investigate migration of juveniles from the natal headwater areas to adult holding areas in lower tributaries or the mainstem Columbia in every subbasin? Is it possible to establish generalizations that can then be used to develop water quality and diversion performance standards in other subbasins? What do we need to learn to move from investigation of life-history variation to implementation of restoration actions?

The background section lacks focus. The text references streams (e.g., Mill Creek in the Walla Walla subbasin) without placing them in context. Some terms are used improperly (e.g., on page 4, anthropomorphic should be anthropogenic). The linkages between subbasin-specific tasks and objectives are sometimes missing. For example, movements and connectivity in the Hood River and Walla Walla (work elements 1 and 2) are not linked conceptually with work element 3 to develop standard protocols for monitoring bull trout. It is not at all clear how this project will serve to provide "guidance for reintroduction assessments” (page 6).

The listed objectives are really tasks to complete the work elements. Objectives in terms of goals to achieve protection and restoration of bull trout are needed.

Several questions for each of the three primary tasks need to be clarified. Objective 1: how is ambient water temperature determined? How are survival rates determined - specifically how is tag loss/non-detection and/or migration out of the area incorporated into the survival estimates?

How will bull trout be monitored (tracked) in Bonneville Reservoir. Task 2.1.2. Who operates the Middle Fork screw trap? Is this project going to operate a trap to catch 20 fish per year? If not, are fish trapped and captured by another project holding bull trout until they are tagged? Who does the tagging?

For objective 3, the linkage between the stages on page 18 and the tasks (work elements) needs to be established; it is not clear from the text. No tasks are associated with stages 1 and 2 or 4 and 5. The reference “Rosenberger and Dunham 2005” is not in the citations. What is going to be done with Work Element 3.4 - Landscape Modeling? It is not clear. It is not clear how the patch characteristics are going to be measured and then evaluated and finally incorporated into a landscape model.

The addition of several maps would greatly improve the clarity of the proposal, especially the section regarding the migration patterns of bull trout in the Hood River watershed.

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