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200002600 - Rainwater Wildlife Area Operations and Maintenance

Sponsor: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Budgets: FY07: $304,926 | FY08: $304,926 | FY09: $304,926

Short description: Focus of project is to protect, enhance, maintain, and mitigate fish and wildlife impacted by the Federal Mainstem Columbia River Hydropower System. Project also contributes to anadromous fish (summer steelhead and bull) and habitat in the Walla Walla.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $300,000 | FY08: $300,000 | FY09: $300,000

Comment: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This proposal meets the ISRP review criteria and benefits wildlife. The ISRP, however, suggests that the sponsor address the following comments to improve the project, but the ISRP does not need to see responses to these comments. The authors could improve the wildlife monitoring portion of this work by more clearly identifying the variables they will use to measure progress. Specifically, the authors could improve the monitoring and evaluation section by more clearly describing the location and placement of vegetation transects, number of vegetation transects, and measurements they will take on these transects. The authors should more clearly identify which bird species (or will they focus only on bird species listed in proposal) that will be recorded on these transects. The authors should more clearly identify the history behind the selection of mitigation bird species (narrative, p.4) and whether or not the species will be monitored and evaluated. The authors could improve their discussion of bird surveys by identifying why transects will be used only in grassland cover. The ISRP wondered why birds are not surveyed in other cover types. The authors could improve their presentation of monitoring and evaluation of weed control efforts by quantifying weed distribution and abundance pre- and post-treatment with herbicides. The authors could more directly communicate where past data are located.

State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

Recommended budgets: FY07: $300,000 | FY08: $300,000 | FY09: $300,000

Comment: Possibility to combine the habitat work from 199604601 with this project for $340,000