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200600500 - Asotin Creek Wildlife Area O&M (Schlee Acquisitions)

Sponsor: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Budgets: FY07: $150,532 | FY08: $106,147 | FY09: $109,049

Short description: The Asotin Creek Wildlife Area (Schlee Acquisitions) provide habitat for salmonid species residing in George Creek and Asotin Creek as well as upland wildlife as mitigation for losses of wildlife habitat due to dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $77,000 | FY08: $77,000 | FY09: $77,000

Comment: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This proposal meets the ISRP review criteria and benefits wildlife. However, the ISRP suggests that the sponsor address the following comments to improve the project. The ISRP does not need to see a response to these comments but suggests them as material that could improve the proposal for implementation and subsequent review. The proposal could be improved by a fuller treatment of biological objectives, and monitoring and evaluation of these objectives. In the future, the authors could improve their proposal by showing data in tables or figures. Photographs can be powerful tools for showing progress on habitat changes (riparian, upland, crop fields). The ISRP suggests that upland habitats be monitored for vegetation and bird responses; this will likely require survey sites independent of the BBS route used currently. Weed control efforts present an opportunity to monitor and evaluate management activities. The ISRP also suggests that the authors include more background information about big game target populations. The ISRP has additional reservations about the conversion of the smooth brome fields on the Smoothing Iron Ridge parcel as sharp-tailed grouse habitat management. This conversion will be very expensive. The ISRP believes it may be less costly and more beneficial to manage this parcel as big game wintering habitat. Managing these fields as sharp-tail habitat is risky given that no sharp-tails have been seen in the area for decades, and it is a relatively small field.

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

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