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200002700 - Acquisition Of Malheur River Wildlife Mitigation Project

Sponsor: Burns Paiute Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $324,607 | FY08: $324,607 | FY09: $324,607

Short description: Malheur River Wildlife Mitigation Site is an ongoing project allowing the Tribe to manage 6385 deeded acres of wet meadow, wetland and sagebrush steppe habitats along the Malheur River while addressing multiple goals for fish, wildlife and tribal members.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $334,345 | FY08: $344,375 | FY09: $354,706

Comment: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The logical need for the project is explained. Multiple fish and wildlife species could benefit from these restoration activities. The proposal demonstrates significance of the project to the Malheur subbasin and includes cultural justification that complements the biological justification. The project history is clearly recounted. The sponsors provided a response to the ISRP review that better explains provisions for monitoring and evaluation. This continues to be an issue identified in past ISRP reviews. The ISRP review asked for more details concerning monitoring and evaluation including: 1) benefits to fish and wildlife including an evaluation of how persistent the benefits will be, 2) possible adverse effects on non-focal species, 3) short and long-term success of habitat manipulation. The ISRP encourages more adaptive management as the project proceeds. The sponsors have provided additional information that responds to ISRP questions and concerns in a very effective manner. It is clear that extensive monitoring is planned and personnel are available to effectively evaluate the project. Relationship and collaboration with other projects are noted as well as outreach and educational activities. However, some methods to share successes and lessons learned with others involved in similar monitoring and restoration activities should be identified. Most objectives seem appropriate given the detail presented. The presentation of work elements was not very detailed in the proposal, but the response effectively provided justification for the methods chosen. The facilities, equipment, and personnel are reasonable, and their description is well written. Personnel appear quite adequate now that additional resource personnel have been identified to assist with setting up and evaluating the monitoring program.

Response loop edit

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $334,345 | FY08: $344,375 | FY09: $354,706

Comment: Proposed budgets increased to reflect 3% cost of living increase.