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Proposal 199204800: Colville Confederated Tribes Wildlife Mitigation Project

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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 Patrick Tonasket

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199204800
Proposal Name: Colville Confederated Tribes Wildlife Mitigation Project
BPA Project Manager: Joe Deherrera
Agency, Institution or Organization: Colville Confederated Tribes
Short Description: The focus of the CCT Wildlife Mitigation Project is the protection/restoration/enhancement of critical winter habitat, riparian, shrub-steppe, and other species and habitats on lands purchased/managed for mitigation on the Colville Indian Reservation
Information Transfer: Infornation gained from this project will result in the production of site specific management plans for project lands, as well as provide baseline habitat information to other resource managers both tribal and non-tribal to further proper management at the regional level.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Patrick Tonasket Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife PO Box 150
Nespelem Wa 99155
Ph: (509) 634-2142
Fax: (509) 634-2126
Email: patrick.tonasket@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Patrick Tonasket Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife PO Box 150
Nespelem Wa 99155
Ph: (509) 634-2142
Fax: (509) 634-2126
Email: patrick.tonasket@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Intermountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Columbia Upper ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
48 118.55-119.55 Columbia River Lake Rufus Woods Okanagon, Washington Columbia Upper Yes
48-48.30 118.10-118.55 Columbia River Upper Columbia Ferry, Washington Columbia Upper Yes
48.00-48.30 118.45 Columbia River San Poil Ferry, Washington Sanpoil Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
Bobcat, Canada goose, Lewis' woodpecker, Mink, Mule deer, Ring-necked pheasant, Sage grouse, Sharp-tailed grouse, Spotted sandpiper, Yellow warbler

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Acquired and protected 18,812 acres of habitat, maintained 44,313 acres for targeted species. Conducted 478 acres of weed control. Maintained 150 miles of fence and replaced 10 miles of fence with new materials. Submit annual report.
2004 Acquired and protected 1,927 acres of habitat, maintained 25,501 acres for target species. Conducted 600 acres of weed control. maintaiined 110 miles of fence with 10 miles of fence replaced with new materials. Submit annual report.
2003 Protected and maintained 23,574 acres of habitat. Treated 400 acres for noxious weeds. Constructed 10 miles of new fence. Maintained 100 miles of boundary fence. Submit annual report.
2002 Protected and maintained 23,574 acres of habitat. Treated 350 acres for noxious weeds. Constructed 10 miles of new fence. Maintained 100 miles of boundary fence. Submit annual report.
2001 Acquired 2,939 acres of habitat, crediting BPA 756 HUs. Maintained 100 miles of boundary fence, replaced 10 miles of fence. Purchased/Install 2 cattle gaurds, 350 acres of noxious weed control. Submit annual report.
2000 Maintained and protected 20,635 acres. 350 acres of noxious weed control. Breeding bird surveys started. 80 miles of boundary fence maintained. Submit annual report.
1999 20,635 acres protected and managed. 380 acres of noxious weeds treated. 8 miles of new fence constructed. Conducted small mammal trapping. 80 miles of boundary fence maintained. Submit annual report, Site Specific Mgmt Plan, Mule Deer HSI Model
1998 Acquired 770 acres of habitat, 80 miles of boundary fence maintained, 5 miles replaced with new materials. 210 acres addresses for noxious weeds. Permanent transects with photo points established. Submit annual report.
1997 Acquired 791 acres of habitat. Conducted HEP on acquired lands and credited BPA 395 HUs. 40 miles of boundary fence maintained with 2 miles of new fence constructed. 257 acres of noxious weeds addressed. Submit annual report.
1996 100 acres treated for noxious weeds, 2 miles of new boundary fence, 10 miles of boundary fence replaced with new materials. Submit annual report.
1995 Acquired 9,460 acres of habitat, conducted HEP on new acquisition crediting BPA 4,750 HUs, 100 acres treated for noxious weeds, maintained 70 miles of boundary fence, replaced 10 miles with new materials. Submit annual, Assessment and HEP analysis report
1994 Acquired and protected 4,800 acres of wildlife habitat, conducted HEP on acquired lands crediting BPA 3,795 HUs. 40 miles of boundary fence maintained, 10 miles of boundary fence replaced with new materials. 113 acres treated for noxious weeds
1993 Acquired, maintained and protected 4,814 acres of wildlife habitat from W. Kuehne for big game and other wildlife species. Submitted annual report. Developed (Hellsgate Winter Range Mitigation Project Long -Term Management Plan)

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 199506700 Colville Confederated Tribes P This project was used to capitalize land acquisitions to add to the ongoing Hellsgate O&M Wildlife Mitigation Project.
BPA 200103000 Sharp Tailed Grouse Habitat project activities included mitigation lands occupied by current populations of the species.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Increase desired vegetative land cover Acquired land cover is not adequate to support management species to pre-dam population status. Protection/resoration/enhancement activities must take place to maintain and increase HU values on mitigation lands. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities Obj. 1A-1A9(1) a-c, 1B2(3) a-b, 2A2(4) a-c, 2A3(9) a-c, 2A4(8) a-b, 2B1(7) a-c:e-I, 2B2(6) a-g, 34-25, 34-31
Mitigate Wildlife Losses Species and habitats impacted and inundated by operation and construction of Chief Joeseph and Grand Coulee Dams Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities Obj. 1A-1A9(1) a-c, 1B2(3) a-b, 2A2(4) a-c, 2A3(9) a-c, 2A4(8) a-b, 2B1(7) a-c:e-I, 2B2(6) a-g, 34-25, 34-31
Mitigate Wildlife Losses Species and habitats impacted and inundated by operation and construction of Chief Joeseph and Grand Coulee Dams Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1(2), 1A2(#1), 1A3(3), 1A4(9), 1A5(10), 1A6(8), 1A7(4), 1A8(5), 1A9(6), 1A10(7), Strategies a-f, 2A1(15) a, 2A2(14) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1(17) a, 2B2(18) a-h, 50-29, 50-35
Mitigate Wildlife Losses Species and habitats impacted and inundated by operation and construction of Chief Joeseph and Grand Coulee Dams Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities Obj. 1A, 1A1(9), 1A2(8), 1A3(6), 1A4(4), 1A5(3), 1A6(5), 1A7(1), 1A8(2), 1A9(7), Strategies a-d, 1B1(10) a, 1B2(11), 2A1(12) a-d, 2A2(13) a-d, 2A3(12) a-d, 2A4(16) a-c, 2A5(15) a-c, 2B1(21) a-c, 2B2(18) a-f, 2B3(17) a-j 42-23, 42-30
Protect Bobcat Bobcat addresses rock and rockland habitat losses resulting from construction of the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Projects. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities 1A9(6) 50-30
Protect Canada goose Protect, enhance, or replace Canada goose habitat to address island/sandbar losses resulting from construction of the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Projects. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities 1A4(9) 50-29
Protect HU values from tresspass livestock Install and maintain fences on mitigation lands to prevent unauthorized grazing (effecting ground nesting birds, erosion, loss of vegetative community dynamics and ecological functions). Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities Obj. 1A, 1A1(9), 1A2(8), 1A3(6), 1A4(4), 1A5(3), 1A6(5), 1A7(1), 1A8(2), 1A9(7), Strategies a-d, 1B1(10) a, 1B2(11), 2A1(12) a-d, 2A2(13) a-d, 2A3(12) a-d, 2A4(16) a-c, 2A5(15) a-c, 2B1(21) a-c, 2B2(18) a-f, 2B3(17) a-j 42-23, 42-30
Protect Lewis' woodpecker Protect, enhance, or replace Lewis’ woodpecker habitat to address ponderosa pine savanna and mixed forest losses resulting from construction of the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Projects. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities 1A6( 8) 50-29
Protect Mink Mink address riverine/riparian habitat losses resulting from construction of the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Projects. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities 1A7(4) 50-29
Protect Mule Deer We have found winter range habitat to be a limiting factor for deer and elk. It is the tribes goal to provide adaquate winter range to support 12,000 to 15,000 deer, 1,500 to 2000 elk, and 50 to 75 moose. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities Obj 1A8(5) a-f, 2A4(16) A-B, 2B2(18) a-f 50-29, 50-35
Protect Ring-necked pheasant Protect, enhance or replace ringnecked pheasant wintering habitat to address agricultural losses resulting from construction of the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Projects. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities 1A5(10) 50-29
Protect sage grouse Currently extirpated within the bounds of the reservation, but they are culturally and traditionally important to the CCT. We have acquired 19,231 acres of shrub-steppe to protect and manage for this and other shrub-steppe obligate species. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A2(1) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1 a 50-29, 50-35
Protect Sharp-tailed grouse Acquisition and maintenance of critical habitats to meet this species seasonal life requirements. Currently mitigation lands have low HSI values for this species and restoration/enhancement is nessessary for sustainability of the population on the Reservation. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1(2) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1 a, and upper Col 50-29, 50-35
Protect shrub-steppe obligate species Protection of shrub-steppe habitat for obligate species. Including; brood rearing, nesting, lekking, winter range, hiding cover, water sources, to increase and sustain viable species populations. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1(2), 1A2(#1), 1A5(10), 1A8(5), Strategies a-f, 2A2(14) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1(17) a, 2B2(18) a-h, 50-29, 50-35
Protect Spotted sandpiper Protect, enhance, or replace 1,254 habitat units of spotted sandpiper habitat to address the sand/gravel/cobble losses resulting from construction of the Chief Joseph Project. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities 1A10(7) 50-30
Protect Yellow Warbler Yellow Warbler addresses palustrine habitat losses. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities 1A3(3) 50-29
Restore/enhance grassland habitat Restore and enhance 2000 acres of grassland habitat per year too increase biodiversity through quality forage and cover habitat requirements for grassland species. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1(2), 1A2(#1), 1A3(3), 1A4(9), 1A5(10), 1A6(8), 1A7(4), 1A8(5), 1A9(6), 1A10(7), Strategies a-f, 2A1(15) a, 2A2(14) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1(17) a, 2B2(18) a-h, 50-29, 50-35
Restore/enhance riparian habitat Restore and enhance 50 acres of riparian habitat per year too increase biodiversity through quality forage/cover and seasonal habitat requirements for riparian species. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1(2), 1A2(#1), 1A3(3), 1A4(9), 1A5(10), 1A6(8), 1A7(4), 1A8(5), 1A9(6), 1A10(7), Strategies a-f, 2A1(15) a, 2A2(14) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1(17) a, 2B2(18) a-h, 50-29, 50-35
Restore/enhance shrub-steppe habitat Restore and enhance 2,000 acres of shrub-steppe habitat per year too increase biodiversity through quality forage and cover habitat requirements for shrub-steppe obligate species. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1(2), 1A2(#1), 1A3(3), 1A4(9), 1A5(10), 1A6(8), 1A7(4), 1A8(5), 1A9(6), 1A10(7), Strategies a-f, 2A1(15) a, 2A2(14) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1(17) a, 2B2(18) a-h, 50-29, 50-35
Suppliment lands with poor HSI Due to low HSI values on some project lands supplimental efforts are needed to ensure population health. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1-1A10 a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1 a, and upper Col 50-29, 50-35
Wildlife species management Institute wildlife population management practices that maintain sufficient wildlife numbers to meet the cultural, subsistence, recreational, and economic needs of Colville Tribal Members. Intermountain # in ( ) are sub basin priorities. 1A1(2), 1A2(#1), 1A3(3), 1A4(9), 1A5(10), 1A6(8), 1A7(4), 1A8(5), 1A9(6), 1A10(7), Strategies a-f, 2A1(15) a, 2A2(14) a-f, 2A3(13) a-f, 2A4(16) a-b, 2B a-b, 2B1(17) a, 2B2(18) a-h, 50-29, 50-35

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 Certifications and Permits for pesticide use Covers any work by the contractor to assemble, gather, acquire, or prepare documents in support of obtaining environmental compliance from BPA(such as filling out NEPA checklist, providing maps, drafting a biological assessment, obtaining permits, conducting public involvement activities, comleting cultural site surveys. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $36,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop Terrestrial Habitat Features Habitat restoration and enhancement Conduct activities to restore and enhance protected shrub-steppe, grassland, and riparian habitats on mitigation lands. 4/1/2007 11/30/2009 $680,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore/enhance grassland habitat
Restore/enhance riparian habitat
Restore/enhance shrub-steppe habitat
* # of features: Plant desired species to restore ecological funct
* # of features: spring developement where applicable
* # of features: restore riparian buffers on perenial streams
* # of features: Interseed bunchgrass plugs on degredeted habitat
* # of features: use controlled burn to reduce residual cover
* # of features: use grazing to remove residual cover

Develop Terrestrial Habitat Features Poor habitat suplimentation and enhancement Supplimentation of project lands which are in poor condition to ensure the health of wildlife populations utilizing the lands. 4/1/2007 11/30/2009 $50,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase desired vegetative land cover
Suppliment lands with poor HSI
Wildlife species management
* # of features: develope springs where applicable
* # of features: develope food plots in areas of poor quality

Install Fence Construct new or repair existing boundary fences install 15 miles of new perimeter fence to limit livestock damages to protect lands 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $400,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase desired vegetative land cover
Protect HU values from tresspass livestock
* # of miles of fence: Construct or replace 10 miles of fence per year

Remove vegetation Control of noxious/undesirable weeds survey, map, develope and impliment noxious weeds control measures on project lands. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $400,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase desired vegetative land cover
* # of acres treated: Plant desired species to restore ecological funct
* # of acres treated: integrated weed control on 600 acres

Investigate Trespass Removal of trespassing livestock Reduction in potential risk factors of livestock damages on Mitigation lands. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $170,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect HU values from tresspass livestock
No Metrics for this Work Element

Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Fence Maintenance Efforts to maintain 270 miles of boundary fence lines 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $700,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase desired vegetative land cover
Protect HU values from tresspass livestock
No Metrics for this Work Element

Prepare HEP Report Inventory and assess habitat conditions using HEP Collect habitat vegetation data for selected indicated species ( CJ & GC Dams loss assessments), and make management recomendations 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $75,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordination with concerned/involved organizations Information gathering/sharing, participating, with concerned/involved organizations dealing with Columbia River Mitigation. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Project Administration The necessary day-to-day obligations required by the Colville Tribes and BPA to track and administer this project. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $400,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Inventory or Assessment Collect wildlife species data and habitat information Annual estimation of population parameters for deer, eagle, sharp-tailed grouse,Peregrine Falcon, small mammals and resident and migratory bird species. The annual estimations are compiled to assess habitat conditions and wildlife needs on project lands. Deficiencies are addressed through management actions. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $135,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Bobcat
Protect Canada goose
Protect Lewis' woodpecker
Protect Mink
Protect Mule Deer
Protect Ring-necked pheasant
Protect sage grouse
Protect Sharp-tailed grouse
Protect Spotted sandpiper
Protect Yellow Warbler
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Develop and update, and follow management plans Management plans addressing issues and actions on lands within the project area (to include new acquisitions when purchased). Site specific management plans will be developed and updated as project landbase increases. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $115,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual Report Annual report will be required consistent with the terms and conditions of this contract. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Monthly reporting to BPA via Pisces Three quarterly reports and a final status report on project activities through fiscal year 07' 4/1/2007 12/31/2007 $15,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Locations and data points for habitat assessment M&E of project lands to maintain HUs for mitigation and best scientific methodologies to protect enhance and restore species and habitats. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $314,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Bobcat
Protect Canada goose
Protect Lewis' woodpecker
Protect Mink
Protect Mule Deer
Protect Ring-necked pheasant
Protect sage grouse
Protect Sharp-tailed grouse
Protect Spotted sandpiper
Protect Yellow Warbler
Primary R, M, and E Type: conduct fawn counts
Primary R, M, and E Type: Conduct LEK counts
Primary R, M, and E Type: Conduct Areal ungulant surveys
Primary R, M, and E Type: eagle surveys
Primary R, M, and E Type: blue grouse surveys
Primary R, M, and E Type: ruffed grouse survey
Primary R, M, and E Type: small mammal survey


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $350,000 $350,000 $350,000
Fringe Benefits [blank] $97,860 $97,860 $97,860
Supplies [blank] $52,240 $52,240 $52,240
Travel [blank] $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Other GSA & other vehicles, fuel, tires, etc.. $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
Overhead [blank] $132,055 $132,055 $132,055
Other subcontractor (fencing) $150,000 $150,000 $150,000
Other noxious weed control $77,845 $77,845 $77,845
Other subcontractor (restoration/enhancements) $260,000 $260,000 $260,000
Other 5% COLA $ 0 $20,000 $20,000
Totals $1,180,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$3,580,000
Total Work Element budget$3,580,000

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
$1,200,000 $1,200,000 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
This is an estamate of the O&M costs at $20/acre on 60,000 acres. Estimates were derived from the 1986 Final Report of the Grand Coulee Dam Loss Assessments page 36.
 
Termination Date Comments
none This project is designed to annually offset wildlife losses in perpetuity due to the inundation of wildlife habitats through the construction and operation of hydropower projects on the Columbia River.
 
Final Deliverables
Protect, restore, and enhance 60,000 acres of land to mitigate 35,820 HUs on an annual bassis for the life of Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph hydropower projects.

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
$953,333
FY 2008 Budget
$973,333
FY 2009 Budget
$973,333
Total NPCC Rec
$2,899,999
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: ISRP fund in part (qualified): sponsors should address ISRP concerns during contracting. Interim funding pending o&m review. Intermountain Province Oversight Committee reduced budget (withdrew enhancement activities) by $226,667 in FY07, 08, and 09 associated with Wildlife Objective 4 (Manage project lands to maintain current and enhanced habitats for the life of the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph hydroelectric projects on behalf of wildlife).


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

FY 2007 Budget
$953,333
FY 2008 Budget
$973,333
FY 2009 Budget
$973,333
Total NPCC Rec
$2,899,999
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: ISRP fund in part (qualified): sponsors should address ISRP concerns during contracting. Programmatic issue: wildlife o&m/m&e

Local or MSRT Comments: Withdrew enhancements. Reduced budget by $226,667 in FY07, 08, and 09.


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

Recommendation: Fundable in part (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: Fundable in part for FY07 to complete an assessment of past work. Future funding of the active management part of the budget should be contingent upon a meaningful analysis of the data, which should be a relatively easy task for this project. What is needed is one or more graphs (or some other form of data summary) that clearly address project objectives, along with some text stating how the project proponents interpret the provided results and how they apply the results to their management.

The response indicates that some relevant data are being collected, but there is not evidence that the project proponents are using (analyzing and evaluating) the data. The guidelines for proposal submission clearly stated the need to provide reporting of results with interpretive dialogue. It is not adequate to refer the ISRP to annual reports to BPA, which may or may not provide information that reviewers would find to constitute adequate M&E. This mitigation project describes a nice piece of land with likely benefits to wildlife, but the project must determine whether its O&M, especially active management, is actually beneficial and is not counterproductive or destructive. This proposal is not scientifically justified until some evaluation has been reported.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: This proposal focuses on many habitats and includes a good monitoring program, but the analysis and applications of information from the monitoring program need to be reported. The project emphasizes game species, and it appears that efforts to increase grouse populations have been quite successful. However, data to support the asserted increase in grouse are not provided. The proposal is well written at a general level, but does not provide details on monitoring and evaluation of results. Specifically, the ISRP requests a response that provides data on project effectiveness, such as summary tables or graphs illustrating effects of the project on grouse. The ISRP believes that monitoring and evaluation is a priority for this project because of the high costs of the management. Large costs of O&M has long-term consequences for what can be invested in other efforts, such as further acquisition or protection of wildlife habitat. A step towards understanding management costs is to evaluate past work efforts.

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