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Objectives (from 2004 subbasin plan and data)
> 500 adults, distributed among three or more local populationsBull Trout
1,245 natural adultsFall Chinook
1,493 natural adultsSpring Chinook
2,008 natural adultsSummer Steelhead
2,079 natural adultsWinter Steelhead
5,203 natural adultsCoho
Achieve 49 nesting pairs using natural nest cavities in snags or live trees in the watershed.Purple Martin
Achieve a natural smolt production increase from the current estimated range of 15,700 smolts to 20,000 smolts by 2019. A one percent smolt to adult return will produce the adult objectives in the above (first) Spring Chinook objective.Spring Chinook
achieve a smolt size of about 15 per pound which should reduce the problem of unusually high percentage of jacks and mini-jacksSummer Steelhead
achieve a smolt size of about 15 per pound which should reduce the problem of unusually high percentage of jacks and mini-jacksWinter Steelhead
Achieve an average spawning escapement of 125 natural-origin spring chinook returning to the Hood River by 2014, and an average spawning escapement of 200 by 2019.Spring Chinook
Achieve an increasing trend in the number of adult fall chinook returning to the Hood River by 2019.Fall Chinook
Achieve and increase in habitat carrying capacity from 13,860 smolts to 20,000 by 2019. This assumes a 3% smolt to adult survival to meet the 600 adult objective.Summer Steelhead
Achieve and maintain a naturally-spawning spring chinook population made up of a stock that is adapted to the Hood River.Spring Chinook
achieve and maintain a spawner escapement of no less than 1100 wild winter steelhead.Winter Steelhead
achieve and maintain a spawner escapement of no less than 200 natural spring Chinook salmon.Spring Chinook
achieve and maintain a spawner escapement of no less than 6000 wild summer steelhead.Summer Steelhead
Achieve and maintain an average wild/natural origin spawning population of 600 adult summer steelhead returning to the Hood River by 2019.Summer Steelhead
Achieve and maintain an average wild/natural origin spawning population of 1,100 adult winter steelhead returning to the Hood River by 2019.Winter Steelhead
Achieving successful juvenile and adult fish passage connectivity at Clear Branch Dam and other dams and diversions at 95% passage and screening effectiveness or better.Bull Trout
boodstock will be taken only from Hood River returning adults to Powerdale Dam, this has happened in only two of the past ten years. In past years, broodstock were taken from Deschutes fish returning to Round Butte Hatchery;Summer Steelhead
boodstock will be taken only from Hood River returning adults to Powerdale Dam, this has happened in only two of the past ten years. In past years, broodstock were taken from Deschutes fish returning to Round Butte Hatchery;Winter Steelhead
Conserve bull trout genetic diversity and maintain and expand opportunity for genetic exchange.Bull Trout
Continue to help meet Northwest Forest Plan objectives for spotted owl on federal lands that establish or maintain >25% of landscape units in mixed conifer stands as moving towards dominance of old growth and mature forest conditions in appropriate land allocations.Northern Spotted Owl
Continue to meet Northwest Forest Plan objectives for spotted owl on federal lands that establish or maintain >25% of landscape units in mixed conifer stands as moving towards dominance of old growth and mature forest conditions in appropriate land allocations. The Lower Oregon Columbia Gorge Tributaries watershed meets this objective with 39% of federal land in mature and old-growth stands.Northern Spotted Owl
Contribute to the Oregon statewide objective to increase populations to 1,600 pairs by 2010 by increasing the local population to 244 breeding pairs based on the current status of 148 nest boxes.Purple Martin
Control invasion of Scotch broom, retain native plant species, reduce the invasion by Douglas-fir, invading grasses, and lessen the amount of brush in oak woodlands in order to allow oaks to regenerate.Western Gray Squirrel
eliminate disease problems of juveniles reared in Pelton LadderSummer Steelhead
eliminate disease problems of juveniles reared in Pelton LadderWinter Steelhead
Identify opportunities to improve the quality of habitat in Herman Creek and other areas used as adult holding for upriver migrating adult salmon and steelhead.Fall Chinook
Identify opportunities to improve the quality of habitat in Herman Creek and other areas used as adult holding for upriver migrating adult salmon and steelhead.Winter Steelhead
Improve physical and biological connectivity of stream channels and restore natural watershed processes including the transport and deposition of water, sediment, and large woody debris by 2019.Fall Chinook
Improve physical and biological connectivity of stream channels and restore natural watershed processes including the transport and deposition of water, sediment, and large woody debris by 2019.Winter Steelhead
Improved rearing conditions in Laurance Lake include cool water temperatures, an adequate prey base, and natural predation levels.Bull Trout
Increase the smolt to adult survival rate of hatchery-reared stock spring chinook.Spring Chinook
Increasing streamflows by a goal of 20% or more if feasible, especially during critical life stages such as spawning and migration, restoring fully functioning riparian, floodplain and instream channel conditions including side channel development and large woody debris at levels that approach template conditions characteristic to the Hood River.Bull Trout
Insure the availability and integrity of nesting trees, perch trees, foraging, and winter roosting sites with a goal of doubling the 2003 nesting population in the Gorge from 12 to 24 by the year 2019 with the goal of having an occupied nest territory approximately 2 miles apart along the Columbia River in the Bonneville Pool.Bald Eagle
Maintain a “hunt-able” or harvestable population to control damages to orchards and minimize conflicts with humans.Black Tailed Deer
Maintain a “hunt-able” or harvestable population to control damages to orchards and minimize conflicts with humans.Elk
Maintain and restore suitable habitat conditions for all bull trout life history stages and life history strategies.Bull Trout
Maintain current summer population objectives for deer and elk consistent with the ODFW goal of 1,500 deer and 400 elk for the Hood Wildlife Management Unit (Hwy 35 to Cascade Crest).Black Tailed Deer
Maintain current summer population objectives for deer and elk consistent with the ODFW goal of 1,500 deer and 400 elk for the Hood Wildlife Management Unit (Hwy 35 to Cascade Crest).Elk
Maintain or achieve natural spawning populations of fall chinook and winter steelhead at abundance levels that that reflect full utilization of available habitat as measured by spawning surveys in Herman, Eagle, Viento, Perham, and Lindsey, and other streams accessible to anadromous fish.Fall Chinook
Maintain or achieve natural spawning populations of fall chinook and winter steelhead at abundance levels that that reflect full utilization of available habitat as measured by spawning surveys in Herman, Eagle, Viento, Perham, and Lindsey, and other streams accessible to anadromous fish.Winter Steelhead
Maintain or improve juvenile dispersal habitat conditions on federal lands in low and mid elevations, as defined as tree stands averaging 11to 16 inches in diameter and > 40% canopy cover.Northern Spotted Owl
Maintain or improve juvenile dispersal habitat conditions on federal lands in low and mid-elevations, as defined as tree stands averaging 11to 16 inches in diameter and > 40% canopy cover.Northern Spotted Owl
Maintain or increase the abundance of cutthroat trout in the watershed.Coastal Cutthroat
Maintain or work toward multiple vegetative layers (herbaceous, shrub-sapling, and two tree layers) and promote healthy old-growth and mature forest conditions on federal lands in lower to mid elevations.Northern Spotted Owl
Maintain prairies, wetlands, oak woodlands, and continuous cover in variable-age conifer forests.Western Gray Squirrel
Maintain preferred conditions of scattered shrubs, bunchgrass, saplings and oaks, with vegetation structure as scattered shrub cover at 5-15% and variable grass heights <46 cm. patch size is >8 hectare.Lark Sparrow
Maintain stable or increasing trends in bull trout abundance to contribute the long-term recovery goal criteria of 500 or more adult bull trout in the Mt. Hood Recovery Unit.Bull Trout
maintain the abundance and life history diversity to withstand dynamic eventsSummer Steelhead
maintain the abundance and life history diversity to withstand dynamic eventsWinter Steelhead
Maintain the current distribution of bull trout and expand existing distribution to suitable habitat in the subbasin.Bull Trout
Maintain the current distribution of cutthroat trout and restore habitat connectivity where affected by artificial barriers.Coastal Cutthroat
Maintain the unique genetic character of wild summer steelhead in Hood River.Summer Steelhead
Maintain viable migration corridors for deer, elk, and other wildlife to access winter range and other movement purposes.Black Tailed Deer
Maintain viable migration corridors for deer, elk, and other wildlife to access winter range and other movement purposes.Elk
Maintain viable populations and adequate distribution in order to maintain of beaver activity in Hood River County as indicated by harvest records and other distribution and abundance indices.American Beaver
Maintain, and where needed, improve water quality and quantity in Gorge streams to protect their value as cold water refuge for upriver migrating adult salmon and steelhead.Fall Chinook
Maintain, and where needed, improve water quality and quantity in Gorge streams to protect their value as cold water refuge for upriver migrating adult salmon and steelhead.Winter Steelhead
Maintaining or restoring healthy upland conditions including low road densities (e.g., <1.7 miles/sq. mile) in bull trout spawning and rearing areas; improving water temperature in Clear Branch below Laurance Lake reservoir to meet the bull trout standard of 52 degrees F.Bull Trout
Make 1,100 summer steelhead available for harvest in both non-tribal and tribal fisheries located in the Hood River subbasin.Summer Steelhead
Make 1,500 winter steelhead available for harvest in both non-tribal and tribal fisheries located in the Hood River subbasin.Winter Steelhead
Make 2,000 spring Chinook available for harvest in both non-tribal and tribal fisheries located in the Hood River subbasin.Spring Chinook
manage road locations, speed limits, and density carefully in these areas to reduce squirrel mortality.Western Gray Squirrel
Protect and enhance bottomland hardwood stands, including large diameter trees, on islands and at low elevations along Columbia River in areas suitable for use as rookeries. Bring back a successful heron breeding colony or rookery in the Columbia Gorge by 2019.Great Blue Heron
Protect and re-establish viable populations of white-bark pine.Clark's Nutcracker
Protect eagle nests from disturbance by maintaining recommended buffers between eagle nest sites and human activity to help achieve a nesting success of around one young per pair annually within the Bonneville Pool. Avoid or minimize disturbance to eagles from recreational use of shorelines, stream deltas, islands and sand flats where regular foraging occurs.Bald Eagle
Protect existing colonies and achieve 4 new colonies in the watershed by 2019.Purple Martin
Protect the amount and integrity of grasslands and oak woodlands used by the lark sparrow.Lark Sparrow
Protect the amount and integrity of winter range available for deer and elk.Black Tailed Deer
Protect the amount and integrity of winter range available for deer and elk.Elk
Protect the integrity of basalt cliff habitat with seeps, moss mats, and springs along Old Columbia Highway and railroad grade and .Basalt Juga
Protect the integrity of heronry sites and feeding areas used regularly by significant numbers of herons.Great Blue Heron
protection and restoration of fully functioning natural riparian and instream processes in cutthroat trout habitats, including unimpeded corridors that link seasonal rearing habitats and spawning areas.Coastal Cutthroat
Provide an annual average harvest of 2,000 spring chinook for tribal and nontribal fisheries by 2019.Spring Chinook
reduce the incidence of fish straying to the Deschutes by either moving juveniles to Hood River earlier or moving all Hood River production to ParkdaleSummer Steelhead
reduce the incidence of fish straying to the Deschutes by either moving juveniles to Hood River earlier or moving all Hood River production to ParkdaleWinter Steelhead
Restore the historic distribution of lamprey to habitat above Powerdale Dam after dam removal 2010.Pacific Lamprey
Restore the spawning distribution of chinook and steelhead to historic habitat above artificial barriers where opportunities exist.Fall Chinook
Restore the spawning distribution of chinook and steelhead to historic habitat above artificial barriers where opportunities exist.Winter Steelhead
Retain and plant native hardwood tree species that readily create cavities including black cottonwood, Oregon white oak, and bigleaf maple, and increase hardwood trees in purple martin areas along or near the Columbia River by 200% or higher by 2019.Purple Martin
Retain sufficient habitat components such as live and dead standing and fallen trees with cavities and coarse woody debris in various diameter classes and stages of decay on private and county forest lands where opportunities exist and where consistent with land management objectives.Northern Spotted Owl
Retain sufficient habitat components such as live and dead standing and fallen trees with cavities and fallen coarse woody debris in varied diameter classes and stages of decay in clumps or scattered across forest stands.Northern Spotted Owl
Retain the genetic integrity of wild winter steelhead in the Hood River subbasin.Winter Steelhead
Where ecologically appropriate, initiate actions in white-bark pine habitats to maintain or provide >30% trees in late-successional stage with >10% cover in early-succession stages (seedlings and saplings).Clark's Nutcracker

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