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Proposal 199505700: S Idaho Wildlife Mitigation

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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 Bob Martin

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199505700
Proposal Name: S Idaho Wildlife Mitigation
BPA Project Manager: Dorothy Welch
Agency, Institution or Organization: Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Short Description: This is for on-going coordination within the Council's CBF&W Program; and for operation, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation at wildlife mitigation properties previously acquired with BPA funding, for the Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation project.
Information Transfer: Project tracking and reporting in Pisces
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Bob Martin Idaho Department of Fish & Game P.O. Box 25
Boise ID 83707
Ph: 208.287.2712
Fax: 208.334.2114
Email: bmartin@idfg.idaho.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Bob Martin Idaho Department of Fish & Game P.O. Box 25
Boise ID 83707
Ph: 208.287.2712
Fax: 208.334.2114
Email: bmartin@idfg.idaho.gov
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Upper Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Snake Upper ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Upper Snake River vicinity The Upper Snake Province, and 8 properties ranging from Rice property in the west to Deer Parks and Quarter-Circle-O in the eastern Snake Upper Subbasin and Winterfeld easement in the Snake Headwaters subbasin.. Elmore, Camas, Madison, Jefferson, Bonneville, etc, Idaho Snake Upper Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
Bald eagle (breeding), bald eagle (wintering), elk/mule deer, greater sage-grouse, mallard, Canada goose, mink, river otter, black-capped chickadee, yellow warbler, ruffed grouse.

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Continue O & M & M & E at previously-acquired properties. Presently, there are 8 properties totalling 5,715 acres, providing 11,566 HUs, at an acquisition cost of $7,891,432. Coordinate activities within Council's Fish and Wildlife Program.
2004 Continue O & M & M & E at previously-acquired properties. Coordinate activities within Council's Fish and Wildlife Program. Continue work to resolve BPA's issues with tribal mitigation.
2003 Continue O & M & M & E at previously-acquired properties. Coordinate activities within Council's Fish and Wildlife Program. Work to resolve BPA's issues with tribal mitigation.
2002 Acquire Allen ($283,800, 511 HUs) and Horkley ($336,000, 219 HUs) segments of Deer Parks Complex, and acquire Rice property ($901,632, 1,063 HUs). Continue O & M & M & E at previously acquired properties. Begin interim O & M at these new properties.
2001 Continue O & M & M & E at previously-acquired properties. Work with interagency/tribal groups on new mitigation implementation, including assisting Shoshone-Bannock Tribes with their SIWM projects.
2000 Continue O & M & M & E at previously-acquired properties. Work with interagency/tribal groups on new mitigation implementation.
1999 Acquire Boyle segment of Deer Parks complex ($5.2 million, 6,918 HUs), and Krueger property (Middle Snake province, $339,893, 69 HUs). Continue O & M & M & E at previously-acquired properties, and begin at these new ones.
1998 Acquire Quarter-Circle-O property ($260,000, 1,254 HUs), Menan property ($220,000, 317 HUs), and Beaver Dick property ($465,000, 901 HUs). Conduct operation and maintenance and monitoring and evaluation activities.
1997 Work with interagency/tribal groups. Acquire Winterfeld conservation easement for IDFG management ($225,000, 383 HUs), acquire Kruse conservation easement for Teton Regional Land Trust management ($310,000, 813 HUs); and implement Weed Project (499 HUs).
1996 Establish interagency/tribal working groups for each federal hydro project. Develop MOU's and plan for mitigation implementation. Coordinate activities within Council's Fish and Wildlife Program.

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 199505701 S Idaho Wildlife Mitigation O & M for the BPA-purchased Krueger property in the Middle Snake Province is administered under the same IDFG program.
BPA 199505702 S Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Mitigation implementation and O&M for some BPA-purchased properties are cooperatively coordinated with this Shoshone-Bannock project.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc. 1. Manage water levels to benefit loafing, nesting, feeding, and brood rearing habitat for waterflowl, colonial waterbirds, shorebirds, and other aquatic focal species and their habitats. Upper Snake III. A. 1. b, c, and e 3-22,3-23
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock. 2. Minimize impacts to native bunch grasses and forbs from livestock graing and maintiand diverse shrub-steppe canopy cover. Upper Snake IX. A. 2. a. 3-32
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower From the NW Power Act and NWPCC's Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Upper Snake Numerous 3-1 (Management Plan)
Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas. 1. Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas. Upper Snake II.B.1.d) 3-19
Protect ... rip/wet areas impacted by recreation. Recreation activities can damage riparian and wetland areas. Upper Snake II. E. 1. a and b. 3-21
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest. Upper Snake II. A) a) through j). 3-14, 3-15
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing. Protect, enhance, and restore riparian and wetland habitats where they are being impacted by grazing activities. Upper Snake II. D. 1. c. 3-20
Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitat 1. Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitats. Upper Snake IX. A. 1. b. 3-31
Reduce the impact of invasive plant species... Reduce the impact of invasive pland species on native species and ecosystems. Upper Snake II. 5. b, d, e, f, g. 3-18,3-19
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats A. Mountain brush regeneration. Upper Snake VIII. A. 1. a. 3-29,3-30

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Obtain environmental compliance clearance Required work under NEPA, ESA, CWA, NHPA, etc. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $91,059
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create, Restore, and/or Enhance Wetland Obliterate and rehabilitate ditches This is necessary wetland protection work to reverse the wetland-draining ditches installed by private landowners previous to BPA acquisition of the properties. The primary work will be at the Rice property, with large areas to be benefited. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
* # of acres treated: To be determined

Plant Vegetation Control noxious weed populations through plantings At all properties, these are plantings intended to out-compete noxious weeds, while the plantings also provide forage/cover for wildlife. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitat
Reduce the impact of invasive plant species...
* # of acres of planted: 70 ac @ Deer Parks, 40 ac @ Rice, 50 ac @ QCO

Remove vegetation Prevent or control wildfires through vegetation removal This is selective vegetation management to reduce the chances of fire ignitions and the spread of undesirable fires into mitigation area wildlife habitat. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitat
Reduce the impact of invasive plant species...
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Remove vegetation Protect habitat and HUs through control of noxious weeds For all properties, this is the selective application of integrated pest management methods, including spraying, physical removal, introduction of biological agents, etc. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $150,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitat
Reduce the impact of invasive plant species...
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
* # of acres treated: Survey 5,293 ac. Treat as needed.

Maintain Vegetation Maintain previously planted vegetation This includes operating and maintaining existing irrigation systems, including pivot sprinklers, handlines, ditches and canals, water control structures, wells, and pumps, and maintenance of water rights. It also includes 2 new center pivots during 2007-2008 to replace decaying delapidated equipment at Deer Parks. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $222,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitat
Reduce the impact of invasive plant species...
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Maintain fences and gates Inspect fences and gates on the property to determine if they require maintenance. Complete necessary maintenance as required to protect habitat from undesireable livestock grazing and recreational impacts. Inspect, maintain, and operate water control structures to maintain open-water habitat, wetlands, and plantings. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $63,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitat
Reduce the impact of invasive plant species...
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Remove Debris Remove fence This is to remove barriers to wildlife and eliminate fence maintenance costs at the Rice and Quarter-Circle-O properties. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $9,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordination For all properties, this is the necessary coordination and cooperation required with other agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, sportsmens groupd, the public, elected officials, intra-agency, and others in order to complete contract requirements, comply with MOA's, MOU's, and coordinate activities with CBFWA, BPA, ISRP, and NWPCC. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $108,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Prevent future loss of riparian/wetland areas.
Protect ... rip/wet areas impacted by recreation.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Protect, enhance, and restore shrub-steppe habitat
Reduce the impact of invasive plant species...
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and administer the contract and tasks included in the contract For all properties, this is required to ensure contract compliance and performance. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $63,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Mitigation...for effects to wildl. from hydropower
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Finalize management plan This is for annual updating and amending of existing management plans for all properties, in order to document project changes and apply adaptive management. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $9,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual Report Contract requirement for all projects. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $15,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Produce quarterly status reports Contract requirement for all projects. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $25,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data on recreational use This is necessary to ensure that public needs are met to the extent possible without jeopardizing the primary purpose of mitigation properties to protect target wildlife species' Habitat Units. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $13,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
Focal Area: @ Deer Parks; and other properties incidentally.

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect vegetation data Required under the Council's Program, to monitor the baseline conditions of mitigation properties and the effects of management. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $112,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect wildlife data Required under the Council's Program, to monitor the baseline conditions of mitigation properties and the effects of management. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $160,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop site-specific monitoring plan and methods Contract requirement for all properties, including monitoring of vegetation and wildlife, and monitoring Habitat Units with the Habitat Evaluation Procedure. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $22,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage H2O levels to benefit waterfowl, etc.
Minimize impacts to bunchgrasses from livestock.
Protect and enhance the riparian cottonwood forest
Protect rip/wet areas .. impacted by grazing.
Restore, enh., and protect mountain brush habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $109,060 $112,802 $116,596
Fringe Benefits [blank] $35,881 $37,112 $38,360
Supplies [blank] $123,000 $126,690 $130,491
Travel [blank] $5,500 $5,781 $5,864
Capital Equipment [blank] $76,000 $71,000 $26,000
Overhead [blank] $51,297 $52,975 $54,650
Totals $400,738 $406,360 $371,961

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,179,059
Total Work Element budget$1,179,059

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
$390,559 $402,276 Assumes a 5% annual inflation rate.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
These costs are for operation and maintenance of properties previously acquired by BPA, and they include the costs of monitoring, evaluation, and coordination within the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program.
 
Termination Date Comments
N/A This ongoing work is required under Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program guidance for BPA to provide reasonable funding for operation, maintenance, monitoring, and evaluation at previously acquired wildlife mitigation properties.
 
Final Deliverables
Wildlife mitigation habitat units protected in perpetuity.

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
No changes were made to this proposal


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 Budget
$400,738
FY 2008 Budget
$406,360
FY 2009 Budget
$371,961
Total NPCC Rec
$1,179,059
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
$400,738
FY 2008 Budget
$406,360
FY 2009 Budget
$371,961
Total NPCC Rec
$1,179,059
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: No change to proposed budget


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This proposal cites more appropriate literature than most wildlife proposals and demonstrates an emphasis on use of science in management. The authors clearly stated the problem. The ISRP wonders whether the proposed acquisitions link to other current or future parcels, perhaps under other ownership, that create a landscape level habitat network. Is there such a thing here, or could there be?

The objectives are generally clear and measurable, but timelines are continuous. Work elements regarding monitoring protocols are especially clear and appear sound. Focal species’ links to the landscape are not presented. Persistence of benefits to fish and wildlife is implied, given continuing support. Could some of these sites become more self sustaining, for example, convert irrigated sites to native vegetation?

It is not clear that monitoring data already being collected for prior acquisitions have been evaluated for adaptive management and achievement of Program goals. Information transfer is not mentioned, nor any published outputs. By the next review this proposal should report monitoring results in biological terms and applications for adaptive management based on the results.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This proposal cites more appropriate literature than most wildlife proposals and demonstrates an emphasis on use of science in management. The authors clearly stated the problem. The ISRP wonders whether the proposed acquisitions link to other current or future parcels, perhaps under other ownership, that create a landscape level habitat network. Is there such a thing here, or could there be?

The objectives are generally clear and measurable, but timelines are continuous. Work elements regarding monitoring protocols are especially clear and appear sound. Focal species’ links to the landscape are not presented. Persistence of benefits to fish and wildlife is implied, given continuing support. Could some of these sites become more self sustaining, for example, convert irrigated sites to native vegetation?

It is not clear that monitoring data already being collected for prior acquisitions have been evaluated for adaptive management and achievement of Program goals. Information transfer is not mentioned, nor any published outputs. By the next review this proposal should report monitoring results in biological terms and applications for adaptive management based on the results.

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