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199701900 - Evaluate the Life History of Native Salmonids in the Malheur Subbasin

Sponsor: Burns Paiute Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $352,558 | FY08: $312,261 | FY09: $257,719

Short description: The proposed project is to collect critical information for the effective management of native salmonids in the Malheur River Subbasin. The project will identify and provide a monitoring and evaluation plan to track population trend of native salmonids.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $352,558 | FY08: $312,261 | FY09: $257,719


ISRP final recommendation: Fundable


The proposal included some evidence of progress since the provincial reviews that was reinforced by material provided in the response. The response indicated to reviewers that the project is making progress toward the goal of understanding the needs of Malheur native salmonids to enable protection and restoration of their habitat. The sponsors have submitted one manuscript on previous work, and the project effort is being re-directed with more focus on redband trout than on bull trout. Reviewers empathize over the slow growth of woody riparian vegetation at study sites after livestock grazing has been eliminated. This might be the time to reconsider whether willows, which have shown similar "stunting" elsewhere when harsh winter conditions apparently lead to desiccation if not snow-covered, are the best species. Other components of the project such as bull trout redd counting and the 180-site (one-fifth then to be re-sampled annually over 5 years) sampling effort to assess salmonid status throughout the subbasin, seem generally appropriate and adequately designed from the brief summaries provided in the response. Biological Objective #4, to gather habitat data on 30 sites, will only yield valuable results if it is done in combination with fish assessment and if it is set up to test which possible limiting factor (based on a very short list compiled from the literature and other BPT studies) is actually regulating the population at each site. For the redband trout genetic work, it is not clear the proposed number of sites to be sampled and the number of fish to be used are sufficient for detecting meaningful differences/trends. This should be established before on-the-ground implementation takes place. Reviewers repeat the suggestion that interaction, if not already occurring, with personnel of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Native Snake River Salmonid Assessment project 199800200 should be of value to sponsors of this project.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $352,558 | FY08: $312,261 | FY09: $257,719

Comment: No change to proposed budget