Response for project 199608701: Montana Focus Watershed Coordi

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

Due to the existence of budget caps over the past several years, this project is under-funded at the current level of $75,912. Rising costs are associated with increases in salary, operating, fringe benefits as well as indirect costs, etc. Tribal dollars have been necessary to make up for budget shortfalls. This project will need a budget of $85,000 in order to be fully funded in FY06.

Accomplishments since the last review

Since 2002, this project has accomplished the following. The following list primarily focuses on projects implemented with on-the-ground BPA dollars and generally does not include on-the-ground projects implemented with other funding sources in which this project played a role. Thus, this list represents only a portion of the activities and accomplishments that this program was a part of. Coordination · This project attended and/or participated in numerous inter-agency, inter-governmental, watershed group meetings since 2002 in order to share information and prevent duplication. · This project has been instrumental in receiving approximately $1 million in grant dollars and cost share to implement projects on the ground since 2002. Identify and Select Projects · This project worked with numerous landowners, lessees, etc over the course of the funding cycle to identify potential projects and implement those projects with sister BPA funded projects as well as other funding sources. · This project was instrumental in the initiation and completion of many projects within this funding cycle including multiple riparian fencing, off-channel stock water, fish screens, irrigation efficiency, and stream bank stabilization projects as well as revegetation, road obliteration culvert removal and instream pond removal projects. Manage & Administer Projects · This project finalized multiple MOAs with private landowners, leasees, and grazing associations to implement stream restoration & protection projects on the ground. · This project advertised, awarded, and managed multiple projects with contractors necessary to implement projects on the ground to protect and improved habitat. Produce Status Reports & Annual Report · This project completed all necessary quarterly and annual reports within the funding cycle. Due to the contract period’s recent expiration, an annual report for 04 has not been submitted yet.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Coordination: This project will continue to work with and identify any groups, agencies or individuals interested in watershed and resource management. This helps to prevent duplication and enhance communication and cooperation. This project will also seek out and secure cost share and funding opportunities. Identify and Select Projects: This project will continue to work with private landowners to identify restoration and enhancement projects. This project will work with other BPA funded projects and other technical experts to prioritize projects in accordance with the subbasin plan. Manage & Administer Projects This project will continue to develop MOAs with private landowners, lessees, etc in order to implement restoration and enhancement projects on the ground. This project will also continue to advertise, award, and manage multiple projects with contractors necessary to implement projects on the ground to protect and improved habitat. This project will continue to complete environmental compliance documents for project 199101901. This project will track success based on the number of cooperators and the number projects implemented throughout the course of the year with this project’s assistance. This will be reported in quarterly and annual status reports. Produce Status Report This project will submit quarterly progress reports to state accomplishments during the quarter. Produce Annual Report This project will produce an annual report summarizing the year at the end of the FY06 contract period.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This project is an integral component of completing the following objectives within the subbasin plan: M1, M2, M4, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, L1, L2, RW2, RW3, RW4, GS1, GS2, GS4, AP1, AP2, AP4, AP5 (pages 21-63 of the management plan). This project is also consistent with Basin Level Resident Fish Objectives 2 through 4 (pages 16 and 17 of the management plan and Basin Level Wildlife Objectives 1 through 5 (page 17 of the management plan).

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

The limiting factors for resident fish and wildlife are outlined and addressed with objectives and strategies in the management plan (see above). This project is a necessary element to completing the goals of improving habitat as outlined in the subbasin plan. How is one to improve habitat in the subbasin without coordinating efforts, seeking funding, working with private landowners, etc? This project is listed within the plan as a strategy to achieve multiple objectives (see above).

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