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200710600 - Spokane Tribe Fish and Wildlife Planning and Coordination

Sponsor: Spokane Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $93,100 | FY08: $93,100 | FY09: $93,100

Short description: To ensure adequate Spokane Tribal representation at regional meetings. This project would secure funding for Spokane Tribal Fish and Wildlife Managers to attend regional and provincial meeting to assist in development of work plans within Columbia River.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $65,000 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment: Funding recommendation for FY08 and 09 dependent on further review and decision by the Council. See 'regional coordination placeholder' below and see discussion of regional coordination funding in the programmatic recommendations.

ISRP final recommendation: Admin (see comments)

Comment:

This is an inadequately written proposal to perform coordination and meeting participation. The proposal provides little explanation of how the requested FTE support and other funds will be spent. Budget figures are rounded and seem excessive (e.g. .7 FTE for coordination; $10,000 to attend regional meetings). The proposal does not justify why the efforts described in this proposal, which would seem to be routine and to require minimal effort, are not a component of the four ongoing Spokane projects, or how conservation and management will be affected if the funding is not provided. This proposal and a twin proposal submitted by the Kalispel Tribe would seem to be covered under the more comprehensive (and less expensive) UCUT coordination proposal, which includes the Spokane and Kalispel. The justification for the proposal is based in the need for regional cooperation, the MOU between BPA and the Upper Columbia United Tribes regarding consultation, coordination and participation, and the withdrawal of the Spokane Tribe from CBFWA. The proposal does not provide specific explanation of the Tribe’s withdrawal from CBFWA. The proposal has a single objective of regional coordination, explained as being necessary for Spokane implementation of the Fish and Wildlife Program. Four work elements are generally explained as participation in meetings, exchanging information, providing Spokane information to regional reporting, and providing information to regional entities on Spokane policies, programs, and projects. Coordination is not specifically tied to improvements of fish and wildlife conservation and restoration on Spokane lands.

State/province recommendation: MS: Review as a group

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $30,000 | FY08: $30,000 | FY09: $30,000

Comment: No comments.