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200711400 - Vulcan Mountain Weed Control for Mule Deer and Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement

Sponsor: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Budgets: FY07: $35,465 | FY08: $33,713 | FY09: $33,713

Short description: This project will eliminate invasive noxious weeds, including hoary alyssum, spotted and diffuse knapweed, and musk thistle, from 1,500 acres of privately-owned mule deer winter and spring range and bighorn sheep habitat in the Upper Columbia Subbasin.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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


ISRP final recommendation: Not fundable


This new proposal calls for the aerial herbicide treatment of 1500 acres on private land. This treatment could remove all the broadleaf plants on these acres. The proposal doesn't establish that this is valuable range, or that the broadleaf plants need to be controlled. There is no quantitative description of the weeds and monitoring is not adequately described. Thus, there is no apparent way to assess the value of the project. There is no description of Integrated Pest Management. The project proposed does not seem to be the best management practice.

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