Response for project 199004401: Lake Creek Land Acquisition

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

The proposed budget is sufficient for the Expense needs of the Project during FY2006. Work Elemenets planned to be completed during FY2006 entail maintenance management of a property previousely purchased through the project and pre-acquisition activities directed towards acquiring properties to complete the mitigation goals for which the Project was intended. Land acquisitions that could be accomplished in FY2006 could complete the mitigation crediting for which the Lake Creek Project was intended. A Capitol budget of $1,500,000 is requested in order to accomplish acquisitions in FY2006 that will credit against Albeni Falls construction and inundation losses.

Accomplishments since the last review

# of people reached in each of 3 classes (T/S/G): Teachers, Students, General publicPublic comment was, and is being, saught for the management plan for the Windy Bay Property through newspaper publications and public meetins. (General Public - 40,000)
Manage and Administer ProjectsScopes of work have been prepared during previous years and Project accounting has been closely monitored and reported.
Produce PlanThe Management Plan for the Windy Bay Property is currently under development and will be completed by the close of FY2005.
Produce Annual ReportAn Annual Report was completed for FY2004.
Produce Status ReportQuarterly reports were completed for FY2004, and the first 2 quarters of 2005.
Maintain VegetationHerbicides are being applied to the trails and roads within the Windy Bay Property to control noxious weeds.
Remove DebrisDebris left by prior owners was removed from the Windy Bay Property during FY2004.
Prepare HEP ReportHEP report crediting BPA with 66.91 HUs for acquistion and management of the Windy Bay Porperty was released for review in November of 2004.
Conduct Pre-Acquisition ActivitiesAll preacquisition activities were completed for the Windy Bay Property during FY.

The Lake Creek Land Acquisition and Enhancement Project was initial instigated to purchase a single specific property in the Lake Creek Watershed on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation. Efforts to complete that acquision failed due to unrealistic expectations of landowner. A Scope of Work was contracted on August 14th, 2001. The failed attempts to subsume this Project into the Coeur d’Alene Wetlands Project according to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s intent, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council recommendations, and BPA agreement resulted in a series of contract extensions since beginning in August of 2002. No cost contract extensions for the Project were approved on 10/3/02, 2/26/03, 8/7/03, 9/19/03, and 12/23/03. Scopes of Work that combined the Lake Creek and Coeur d’Alene Wetlands budgets were submitted on 11/10/04, and 11/17/04, but no contract to finalize that combination was returned to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. In 2002, a portion of the funds originally allocated to purchase the originally intended property were used to purchase the 147.6 acre Windy Bay Property, which is downstream and adjoining the original property, at the mouth of Lake Creek and at the head of Windy Bay on the east shore of Coeur d’Alene Lake. In FY2004, a habitat evaluation and HEP were conducted on the Windy Bay Property. The habitat evaluation and HEP were released for review in November of 2004. A management plan is being completed in the current (2005) Fiscal Year.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Produce Environmental Compliance DocumentationA completed NEPA Checklist will be provided the Bonneville Power Administration for target properties.
# of people reached in each of 3 classes (T/S/G): Teachers, Students, General publicNotify public of management actions through publications in Tribal Natural Resource Newsletter (General Public - 1,200)Involve local public education classes in ecology and land management issues associated with mitigation properties (Students - 30)
Manage and Administer ProjectsConduct daily Project operations of finance management, subcontractor oversite and produce a scope of work for succeeding year(s).
Produce Annual ReportProduce an annual report for FY2005.
Produce Status ReportProduce quarterly reports of activities and finacial accounting for FY2006.
Maintain Terrestrial StructureFences and gaits on acquired property will be maintained.
Maintain VegetationNoxious weeds will be controled on mitigation property.
Investigate TrespassSurveys of mitigation property will be conducted to ensure property is not damaged by trespass.
Prepare HEP ReportMinimum HUs for targeted land acquisition will be assigned.
Conduct Pre-Acquisition ActivitiesAll pre-acquisition activities for targeted properties will be completed.

FY2006 goals will include Operation and Maintenance activities on the 146.7 acre Windy Bay Property in accordance with the approved management plan that will be completed in FY2005. O&M activities will include supression of noxious weeds, maintenance of gaits and signs, and surveys for trespass. Steps will also be taken to plan for actions that will minimize the spread of wildfire on the property. Acquisitions that could complete the mitigation for which the Lake Creek project was intended could be completed in FY2006. All pre-acquisition activities as well as property purchase are anticipated.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

The project is consistent with and implements Terrestrial Objectives 1A1 through 1A8, Strategies a, b, c, d, and e (Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Plan, pages 10-25 & 10-26). These strategies stipulate the completion of mitigation for Chief Josheph, Grand Coulee and Albeni Falls Dams. The property purchased through the Lake Creek Project credited 66.91 HUs toward Albeni Falls construction and inundation losses. Lake Creek was originally scheduled to credit 760 HUs toward Albeni Falls Dam. Acquisitions that could be completed in FY2006 may complete the HU crediting for which the Lake Creek Project was intended. The Project is consistent with and implements Aquatic Objective 2A1, Strategies a through h and Objective 2A2, Strategies a, b, c, d, f, and g (Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Plan, pages 10-11 & 10-12). These strategies stipulate improvements in habitat to improve native bull and cutthroat trout populations. Acquisition and management of properties to facilitate hydrologic processes that provide adaquite polutant-free streamflows would greatly improve habitats for native salmonids. The Project is consistent with and implements Aquatic Objective 2B1, Strategies a and c (Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Plan, pages 10-12 & 10-13). These strategies stipulate the acquisition of lands to support resident fish populations as substitution for anadromous fish losses. The acquisition, protection, restoration and enhancement of properties targeted by this Project will provide duel benefits to fish and wildlife and thus will benefit habitats for resident fish populations as well. Consistency with Measures adopted by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council are addressed in "Other Comments."

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Terrestrial Objectives 1A1 through 1A8, Strategies a, b, c, d, and e were identified as Intermountain Provincial Priority 1 (Highest priority). Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Aquatic Objective 2A1 was identified as the 3rd priority of Subbasin Aquatic Objectives. This project would encompass all Strategies under that Objective. Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Aquitic Objective 2A2 was identified as the 1st priority of Subbasin Aquatic Objectives. Strategies within the Objective are listed in order of importance. Coeur d'Alene Subbasin Aquatic Objective 2B1 was identified as the 5th in the order of Subbasin Objective priorities and Strategy a was identified as the seniour priority while Strategy c was identified as the juniour priority within the Objective.

Other comments

This Project directly implements Albeni Falls Dam Wildlife Mitigation Measures 1 and 2 (page 1) of the UCUT 2004 Fish and Wildlife Program Measures for Inclusion in the Intermountain Province Plan (Intermountain Province Appendices: Additional recommendations related to the Intermountain Province plans, as offered by the Upper Columbia United Tribes) stipulating completion of mitigation for Albeni Falls construction and inundation losses. In FY2006, this Project will manage a property for which credits were assigned to Albeni Falls and seek to complete the mitigation for which it was intended. This project also implements Coeur d'Alene Tribe Wildlife Mitigation Measure 1 (page 2) and the Coeur d’Alene Subbasin Resident Fish Substitution Measures 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 (pages 3-4) since habitats purchased and managed for wildlife mitigation facilitate hydrologic functions that benefit resident fish.