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Objectives

Objectives (from 2004 subbasin plan and data)
AP1 - Provide adequate resources for program implementation and evaluation.All species
AP2 - Develop and maintain adequate regional and international coordination to efficiently and successfully implement the Flathead Subbasin Plan.All species
AP3 - Continue to pursue and support independent peer-review and qAll species
AP4 - Support locally recognized stakeholder groups that improve coordination and implementation of existing local, state, and federal programs in the Flathead SubbasinAll species
AP5 - Improve distribution of information required to successfully implement the Subbasin Plan.All species
At least 500 adults per conservation population (at least 20 genetically pure populations) with a minimum of 50 adults in each subpopulationWestslope Cutthroat
BT1 - Maintain or increase the total number of identified local populations, and maintain the broad distribution of local populations in all existing core areas.All aquatic focal species
BT2a. Achieve at least 5 local populations with more than 100 adult bull trout in all primary core areas. Achieve at least 10 local populations with more than 100 adult bull trout in the Flathead Lake core area. In each of the primary core areas, the total adult bull trout abundance, distributed among local populations, must exceed 1,000 fish, and adult bull trout abundance must exceed 2,500 adult bull trout in Flathead Lake and Swan Lake.All aquatic focal species
BT2b. Achieve at least one local population containing more than 100 adult bull trout in secondary core areas with the habitat capacity to do so, and ensure that the total adult abundance exceeds 2,400 fish in the secondary core areas collectively.All aquatic focal species
BT3 - Achieve an overall bull trout population trend that is accepted, under contemporary standards of the time, as stable or increasing, based on at least 10 years of monitoring data.All aquatic focal species
BT4 - Prevent further expansion, suppress, and where possible, eradicate non-native species in the regulated mainstem, reservoirs, and all streams and lakes ranked as high and/or moderate risk in the QHA spreadsheet model.All aquatic focal species
Each core area supports at least 5 local populations with 100 or more adults each and contains 1,000 or more adults in total

(biologists suggest the minimum number of populations should be greater)
Bull Trout
GS1- Using acquisitions, conservation easements and management agreements, conserve and restore 10% over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the Area Change Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool are greater than 5, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
GS2 - Restore grassland/shrubland communities on 10% of grassland acres over the next 10- 15 years in those subunits for which the vegetation change Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool is 5 or above, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
GS3 - Prevent establishment of new non-native species in all subunits when they are identified. Treat an average of 10% of acres over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the non-native infestation index in the TBA spreadsheet tool exceeds a value of 5, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
GS4 - Restore grassland or shrubland communities on 10% of grassland/shrubland acres over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the grazing intensity Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool is greater than 5 and in areas where grazing intensity index is less than 5 but the habitat diversity value is greater than 6, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
HAR1 - Maintain or increase harvestable sportfish while protecting the long-term persistence of native species populations. Sportfish are defined as fish caught for personal use, fun, and challenge.All aquatic focal species
L1 - Restore lake shoreline conditions to a level equivalent to the shoreline condition habitat restoration score of reference lakes.All aquatic focal species
L2- Reduce pollution to a level equivalent to the pollution habitat restoration score of reference lakes.All aquatic focal species
M1 - Improve riparian condition of the mainstem to a level that supports sustainable population levels of focal species that function naturally and may be capable of supporting appropriate forms of human use.All aquatic focal species
M2 - Restore the habitat diversity of the mainstem to a level that supports sustainable population levels of focal species that function naturally and may be capable of supporting appropriate forms of human use.All aquatic focal species
M3 - Working with Action Agencies, bring Hungry Horse Dam operations 50% closer to normative conditions during summer and spring while providing flood control.All aquatic focal species
M4 - Reduce the delivery of fine sediments in the mainstem to a level that supports sustainable population levels of focal species that function naturally and may be capable of supporting appropriate forms of human use.All aquatic focal species
MF1 - Using appropriate prescribed fire and mechanical treatments, alter an average of 10% of acreage in those subunits for which the Fire Interval Disruption Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool exceeds a value of 8.5, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
MF2 - Using appropriate silvicultural treatments, alter forest structure and composition on an average of 10% of acreage of in those subunits for which the Forest Structure Disruption Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool exceeds a value of 7, consistent with management and mitigation plansAll terrestrial focal species
MF3 - Manage motorized vehicle access to provide security for wildlife species sensitive to human disturbance, snag removal or other key habitat alterations by maintaining or enhancing habitat security and integrity over the next ten to fifteen years in those subunits for which the Road Density Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool exceeds 4 miles of road/square mile (or lower in critical habitat areas), consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
MF4 - Prevent establishment of new non-native species in all subunits when they are identified. Treat an average of 10% of acres over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the non-native vegetation index in the TBA spreadsheet tool exceeds a value of 7, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
R1a. Revegetate the top ten feet (as measured from full pool) of varial zone substrate using techniques developed by BORAll aquatic focal species
R1b. Improve the shoreline condition of Flathead Lake to a level equivalent to the shoreline condition habitat restoration score in LQHA for reference lakes.All aquatic focal species
R2a. Reduce reservoir drawdown and reduce the frequency of Hungry Horse Reservoir refill failure to within five feet of full pool as compared to historic operation.All aquatic focal species
R2b. Fully implement Article 63(1) of the Kerr Project License, which calls for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to develop and implement a monitoriAll aquatic focal species
R3 - Improve the habitat diversity of Hungry Horse and Flathead Lake to a level equivalent to the habitat diversity habitat restoration score in LQHA for reference lakes R3 - Improve the habitat diversity of Hungry Horse and Flathead Lake to a level equivalent to the habitat diversity habitat restoration score in LQHA for reference lakesAll aquatic focal species
R4 - Increase seasonal or in-seasonal reservoir retention time by five days relative to past operations during similar water years.All aquatic focal species
RW1 - Working with Action Agencies, bring Hungry Horse Dam operations 50% closer to normative conditions during summer and spring while providing flood controlAll species
RW2 - Using acquisitions, conservation easements and management agreements, conserve and restore 10% over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the floodplain vegetation Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool are 8 or lower, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All species
RW3 - Restore the hydrography within a natural range of variability on 10% of riparian/wetland acres over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the freshette impact index/water level difference Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool ranges from 4 through 8 (riparian) below 8 (wetlands), consistent with management and mitigation plans.All species
RW4 - Restore forest communities on 10% of riparian/wetland watershed acres over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the floodplain vegetation index/vegetation disturbance Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool ranges from 4 through 8, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All species
RW5 - Reduce human/wildlife conflicts in wetland/riparian areas by 10% over the next 10-15 years as measured by the number of conflicts reported to fish and wildlife management authorities.All species
RW6 - Prevent establishment of new non-native species in all subunits when they are identified. Treat an average of 10% of acres over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the non-native vegetation index in the TBA spreadsheet tool exceeds a value of 5, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All species
T1 - Restore riparian habitats to a level equivalent to the riparian condition habitat restoration score of reference streams.All aquatic focal species
T2 - Improve channel stability to a level equivalent to the channel stability habitat restoration score of reference streams.All aquatic focal species
T3 - Improve habitat diversity to a level equivalent to the habitat diversity habitat restoration score of reference streams.All aquatic focal species
T4 - Reduce the delivery of fine sediments to a level eqAll aquatic focal species
T5 - Restore passage to migratory fish by removing potential man-caused barriers, i.e. impassable culverts, hydraulic headcuts, water diversion blockages, landslides, and impassable deltasAll aquatic focal species
T6- Protect and maintain prime, functioning tributary habitat (identified as Class 1 in QHA analysis)All aquatic focal species
WCT1- Maintain or increase the total number of genetically pure local populations, and maintain the broad distribution of local populations in existing metapopulations.All aquatic focal species
WCT2 - Achieve at least 20 genetically pure conservation populations with a minimum of 50 adults in each of the subpopulations, with each of these conservation populations containing at least 500 adult westslope cutthroat trout. Achieve at least 20 genetically pure conservation populations with a minimum of 50 WCT2 - Achieve at least 20 genetically pure conservation populations with a minimum of 50 adults in each of the subpopulations, with each of these conservation populations containing at least 500 adult westslope cutthroat trout. containing at least 500 adult westslope cutthroat trout.All aquatic focal species
WCT3 - Prevent further expansion, suppress, and where possible, eradicate species that hybridize, prey upon or compete with native species.All aquatic focal species
WCT4 - Remove non-native species or introgressed populations from at least 2 mountain lakes per year in the South Fork of the Flathead River watershed and repopulate those lakes with compatible, genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout.All aquatic focal species
XF1 - Restore fire-resistant xeric forest communities on 10% of acres over the next 10-15 years in those subunits for which the forest structure departure Index in the TBA spreadsheet tool is 5 or above, consistent with management and mitigation plans.All terrestrial focal species
XF2 - Reduce human/wildlife conflicts in xeric forest areas by 10% over the next 10-15 years as measured by the number of conflicts reported to fish and wildlife management authorities.All terrestrial focal species

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