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200711900 - Restore Access to Upper Musselshell Creek

Sponsor: Nez Perce Tribe DFRM Watershed Division

Budgets: FY07: $125,998 | FY08: $132,972 | FY09: $124,617

Short description: Enhance the upper Musselshell Creek Watershed to restore access and provide quality habitat for all aquatic species by reversing past mining activities that have diverted a portion of Musselshell Creek creating a passage barrier.

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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


The original review stated: Sponsors do not prioritize this watershed in terms of biological benefit. It is not tied to critical needs based on EDT or other limiting factor analysis. The proposal should include a description of the basis for, and a projection of the gains in abundance of focal species that are expected from removal of the barrier. The tunnel removal must be feasible, and the proposal should be limited to the tunnel. The response needs to include a convincing argument that access for exotics will not be improved too. It is not clear why new personnel are required; the USFS has the engineering and technology capabilities to complete this project if it is justified. Monitoring and evaluation needs development. There was no response to these requests except a ranking of all the Tribe’s 20+ proposals and a generic memo. Lack of a specific response precludes a “fundable” recommendation. In addition, the Tribe ranked this second tier. 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 when money available

Review group: Snake

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

Comment: NPT Tier 2 - 2