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200708400 - Shrubsteppe Habitat Acquisition for Terrestrial Species in Need of Conservation in the Upper Mid-Columbia Subbasin

Sponsor: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Budgets: FY07: $44,400 | FY08: $1,776,700 | FY09: $42,400

Short description: To acquire key land parcels that improve or maintain the conservation values, or ecological connectivity, of existing land owned by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Shrub steppe dependant pygmy rabbit, sharptail, and sage grouse are the focus.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment:

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. The ISRP does not need to see a response to these suggestions but encourages integrating responses for subsequent review. The rare shrub steppe habitat is an important acquisition. The ISRP recognizes that the authors have focused on key species in this rare habitat. The proposal could be improved by better describing the parcels of lands that would serve to connect lands already in public ownership. The ISRP wonders if these lands are available for purchase and how these lands supplement current land ownership. Additionally, the ISRP recommends finalization of a monitoring and evaluating plan, once the land is acquired.

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

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