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199201000 - Habitat Improvement/Enhancement - Fort Hall, Idaho

Sponsor: Shoshone Bannock Tribes

Budgets: FY07: $245,641 | FY08: $295,641 | FY09: $283,718

Short description: Provide conditions to maintain a self-perpetuating trout fishery for the tribal membership and general public through implementation of habitat restoration, enhancement, and protection projects on the Fort Hall Reservation.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $245,805 | FY08: $295,641 | FY09: $283,718

Comment: Address ISRP concerns during contracting.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable in part

Comment:

The proposal is improved from past proposals in terms of readability. Project results in the form of habitat and fish population changes are much more clearly described for Clear and Spring creeks. In future, results from other streams for which activities are being initiated should be described in a similar manner. Tasks outlined in the proposal appear fundable, for Spring Creek and other project locations, except for those portions regarding Clear Creek. The response is of value in providing additional detail on the Clear Creek bison issue and suggests to reviewers that progress is being made toward a solution. Quoting from the response: “The Resident Fisheries Department is currently working with the Tribal Land Use Department (Range Department) and NRCS in surveying rangelands for development of a Range Management Plan (currently being drafted) and Tribal Enterprises which includes the Tribal Buffalo Herd Program to assess what the pasture can sustain and reduce the size of the herd accordingly, and a rotational scheme between other pastures. In addition, The Resident Fisheries Program is working with Tribal Water Quality staff develop water quality standards for the Fort Hall Reservation. As mentioned previously, additional funding has been made available through BPA for fence purchasing. Plans for restoring the buffalo fence are underway for a short-term solution until management plans can be implemented in for the tribal buffalo herd. No time line is currently available as of this response but approval to initiate the process by Fort Hall Business Council will take place in August 2006.” Therefore, Clear Creek fisheries activities are not fundable until adequate resolution is reached, as described above, to preclude future sediment delivery into the stream from the buffalo pasture source.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $245,641 | FY08: $295,641 | FY09: $283,718

Comment: No change to proposed budget