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200706400 - Protect & Restore Slate Creek

Sponsor: Nez Perce Tribe Dept. Fisheries Resource Management Watershed Division

Budgets: FY07: $223,768 | FY08: $330,044 | FY09: $399,440

Short description: Restore and protect the Slate Creek Watershed for the benefit of both resident and anadromous fish using an overall watershed approach. Restoration and protection efforts will be done cooperatively with the Nez Perce National Forest.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $80,000 | FY08: $80,000 | FY09: $80,000

Comment: 2007 Revised Budget: FTE reduced, complete culvert survey in Little Slate remains unchanged, reduced road decommissioning and culvert replacement (contingent on supplemental funding).

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable in part

Comment:

The original proposal was a generic, broad-brush habitat improvement project including barrier removal, road decommissioning, hydrologic restructuring, vegetation management and other practices, none of which were sufficiently justified or described. The response trims the project scope to surveying road crossings and producing a prioritized list of barriers whose replacement provides the greatest chance for providing important benefits to native fish. The modified proposal described in the response is fundable at $80K per year, which represents partial funding of the original proposal. The proposed plan and survey should include fish distribution data including that of exotics, in recognition of the hazard of upstream invasion of exotic fish when barriers are removed. When this survey and planning is completed, a separate implementation proposal can be developed based upon results. This could be the basis for significant collaboration with other landowners and interested parties to leverage investments and generate commitment to larger habitat protection and improvement goals. The sponsors should be encouraged to include some criteria in their surveys for the amount and productivity (for desired species and based on historic use) of habitat that would become available to migrating fish with a successful project. The hypothesis guiding this work is that of access to productive habitat for the target species. The test of the hypothesis, and thus the science of the project, is whether or not the target species re-inhabits the area, so monitoring fish response to complete the test is needed. For full comments on "restore and protect" type projects, please see heading “General comments concerning Nez Perce Tribe proposals to protect and restore various watersheds” at the beginning of the ISRP comments on project # 199607702, Protect & Restore Lolo Creek Watershed.

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

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $80,000 | FY08: $80,000 | FY09: $80,000

Comment: 2007 Revised Budget: FTE reduced, complete culvert survey in Little Slate remains unchanged, reduced road decommissioning and culvert replacement (contingent on supplemental funding).