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199204800 - Colville Confederated Tribes Wildlife Mitigation Project

Sponsor: Colville Confederated Tribes

Budgets: FY07: $1,180,000 | FY08: $1,200,000 | FY09: $1,200,000

Short description: The focus of the CCT Wildlife Mitigation Project is the protection/restoration/enhancement of critical winter habitat, riparian, shrub-steppe, and other species and habitats on lands purchased/managed for mitigation on the Colville Indian Reservation.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $953,333 | FY08: $973,333 | FY09: $973,333

Comment: ISRP fund in part (qualified): sponsors should address ISRP concerns during contracting. Interim funding pending o&m review. Intermountain Province Oversight Committee reduced budget (withdrew enhancement activities) by $226,667 in FY07, 08, and 09 associated with Wildlife Objective 4 (Manage project lands to maintain current and enhanced habitats for the life of the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph hydroelectric projects on behalf of wildlife).

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable in part (Qualified)


Fundable in part for FY07 to complete an assessment of past work. Future funding of the active management part of the budget should be contingent upon a meaningful analysis of the data, which should be a relatively easy task for this project. What is needed is one or more graphs (or some other form of data summary) that clearly address project objectives, along with some text stating how the project proponents interpret the provided results and how they apply the results to their management. The response indicates that some relevant data are being collected, but there is not evidence that the project proponents are using (analyzing and evaluating) the data. The guidelines for proposal submission clearly stated the need to provide reporting of results with interpretive dialogue. It is not adequate to refer the ISRP to annual reports to BPA, which may or may not provide information that reviewers would find to constitute adequate M&E. This mitigation project describes a nice piece of land with likely benefits to wildlife, but the project must determine whether its O&M, especially active management, is actually beneficial and is not counterproductive or destructive. This proposal is not scientifically justified until some evaluation has been reported.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Intermountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $953,333 | FY08: $973,333 | FY09: $973,333

Comment: Withdrew enhancements. Reduced budget by $226,667 in FY07, 08, and 09.

State/province recommendation: Washington

Review group: Washington list

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

Comment: See Washington guidance