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199609401 - Scotch Creek Wildlife Area

Sponsor: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Budgets: FY07: $407,693 | FY08: $385,890 | FY09: $426,739

Short description: Protect, increase, and maintain a viable sharp-tailed grouse population and increase mule deer use of the project site. Enhance shrub-steppe and forested habitats for sharp-tailed grouse, mule deer and other obligate species.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $200,000 | FY08: $200,000 | FY09: $200,000

Comment: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This project began in 1991 with major land purchases (now 16,500 acres). Much habitat work has been completed including collecting native plant seeds and commercially growing them to develop a large quantity of locally adapted seed stock for reseeding. This project has meaningful goals with appropriate monitoring data collected to evaluate the sharp-tailed grouse population change over time. With much management activity on a relatively large study area, the ISRP was pleased to see grouse population increases in recent years. Additionally, the ISRP was impressed with the inclusion of the grouse data in the proposal.

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Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

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