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200103200 - Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement, Hangman Creek

Sponsor: Coeur D'Alene Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $542,020 | FY08: $607,168 | FY09: $671,139

Short description: This project will restore Redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdeni) habitat in Hangman Creek and it's tributaries.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $572,020 | FY08: $627,168 | FY09: $621,139


ISRP final recommendation: Fundable


The intent of the project is to protect and restore remaining stocks of native resident redband trout and provide harvestable surpluses of naturally reproducing adult fish from Hangman creek and its tributaries. Project objectives include implementation of habitat restoration and enhancement projects, and monitor changes in fish production, productivity, and distribution. To date, several planning documents have been written to guide and prioritize project implementation and several individual restoration/enhancement treatments have been implemented at two project sites between 2005 and 2006. Biological monitoring has focused on long-term population, production, and life history dynamics of redband trout in the target watershed. Reviewers saw indications that this is a fairly strong project but constrained by difficulties in communication. The original proposal was overly lengthy and, while being strong in some areas like its discussion on planning and watershed processes, could be improved in the future by a more concise description of biological findings with emphasis on the more important issues, attributes, and metrics. For example, project sponsors give fish density data but no indication of population size. The bar graph showing maximum water temperature at four sites +/- one standard deviation is not the best way to communicate that information. The response was much more clearly presented and adequately addressed reviewers’ queries regarding fish abundance and the causes of the habitat problems that were described in the proposal. The response clarified that there are indeed adequate numbers of redband trout remaining in Hangman Creek tributaries to provide a reservoir capable of expanding as future quality habitat becomes available. The response described an approach to fish habitat restoration, relying largely upon passive restoration techniques, in the upper Hangman system that appears to have a reasonable chance of success. The watershed analysis discussed in the response gives a good basis for implementing rehabilitation plans in the proposal, particularly in the riparian habitat. It will be beneficial and speed the review process if the sponsor includes much of this cycle's response material in future proposals for the project.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Intermountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $572,020 | FY08: $627,168 | FY09: $621,139

Comment: Moved $30,000 from FY09 to FY07, and $20,000 from FY09 to FY08.