Response for project 199201000: Habitat Imprvmnt/Enhnmnt - For

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes very much desire the approval for funding in FY06 for on-going project 1992-010-00 Habitat Improvement/Enhancement for the Fort Hall Reservation. The amount proposed of $179,000 appears consistent with previous fiscal years. While consistent, the budget will not cover costs associated with much needed hatchery equipment and improvement of concrete sucker weir on Spring Creek on the Fort Hall Bottoms. Additional costs for hatchery equipment and EA document for removal and/or modification also construction will be $250,000 additional.

Accomplishments since the last review

Past accomplishments since 1993: 2002, 2003, 2004: Conducted trout telemetry study on the Fort Hall Bottoms. 2000 to 2004: Collected, propagated, and planted approximately 50,000 native wetland plants for the BOR and project sites on the Fort Hall Bottoms. Has provided additional educational and employment opportunities for Shoshone-Bannock Tribal members since 1992. 1.3 kilometers of riparian vegetation has been protected with jack and rail and barbed wire fence. 5.2 kilometers of evergreen revetments have been placed on stream banks. 1,578 willow poles, 10,000 willow pole cuttings and 16,000 willow shoots have been planted along riparian areas on the Fort Hall Bottoms. 35 sites have been restored decreasing bare banks from 15% to less than 9% over 18 kilometers of stream.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Measure stream habitat variables in project locations for pre and post treatment evaluation Obtain fish and invertebrate compositions, invertebrate reference collections, population estimates, genetic information (completed 2000), and trends for all streams that will be affected by habitat restoration efforts. Obtain information on adult trout movement and types of habitats utilized during a period of 280-486 days. Trout were captured, tagged, and released on Spring Creek (figure 1 & 3) and Portneuf River (figure 4) during the month of February 2002 and March 2003. 15 adult trout will be tagged in 2005 and tracked thoughout 2006. Install habitat improvement structures to increase existing juvenile and adult salmonid habitat. Plant willow poles (500 spring / 500 fall) of native willow and/or cottonwood and seedlings of native riparian grasses in heavily eroded and unstable bank areas. If soil in upper banks becomes dry, water on an as needed basis Erect fences to protect riparian areas and critical spawning habitats, yet provide adequate livestock access to water. Erect fence to protect bank revegetation where banks have been sloped. Protection enclosures will be erected on spring streams and springs Reservation wide. (approximately 0.25 miles annually) Monitor, deter and reduce non-game fish migrations into the Fort Hall Bottoms streams. Repair and modify permanent weir in Spring Creek. Make repairs and modify weir on Spring Creek according to contractor design specifications (any necessary work will be done in future years). Promote fisheries management objectives in the Snake River Basin. Analyze data and draft the annual report containing information listed in the terms and conditions of contract 92-10.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

Project 92-10 BPA Fort Hall Stream Restoration is consistent with the plan and its strategies for aquatic resources starting on page 3-11 to 3-14 of the Plan.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

Priority status for project 92-10 is demonstrated through the work of restoring and enhancing and protecting Yellowstone cutthroat habitat in the Upper Snake Basin. Also consistent with the vision of the Plan

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