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200717100 - Malheur River Subbasin Habitat Restoration and Fish Enhancement / Stinkingwater Project

Sponsor: Burns Paiute Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $3,965,560 | FY08: $99,972 | FY09: $194,887

Short description: This project proposes to acquire approximately 8,463 acres of the Lamb Ranch located 39 miles East of Burns, Oregon.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Capital

Recommended budgets: FY07: $3,900,000 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment: Bonneville preliminary designation of "in lieu" - se issue memo. ISRP not fundable - see issue memo. No fish crediting mechanism available - BPA will not capitalize acquisition for fish. Capital component.

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $65,560 | FY08: $99,972 | FY09: $194,887

Comment: Bonneville preliminary designation of "in lieu". See issue memo. ISRP not fundable - see issue memo. Budget address pre-acquisition activities. Expense portion. See capital budget for capital component.

ISRP final recommendation: Not fundable


Even after a response, this proposal does not justify land acquisition in terms of benefits to fish and wildlife. The problem is defined as mitigation and acquiring this property is aimed at providing harvestable fish and wildlife until native salmonid runs are restored in the undetermined future. A put-and-take fishery is contemplated for subsistence/cultural foods. The original review noted: General tasks are identified and put into sequence, but actual methods are not described or cited. Some goals mentioned earlier are not included in the objectives, such as increasing instream flow or improving grazing management. Perhaps this is not appropriate until baseline data and a management plan are in place, but it would be useful to outline the type of approach envisioned. Developing a monitoring plan is included, but not what will be monitored: habitat conditions, harvest, or compliance. Lack of results presented or reference to techniques from previous monitoring is worrisome. Including the response, much of the preliminary data that the ISRP would expect to see that justifies a large proposal is absent from this proposal. Methods appear to be primarily of the “we’ll consult with local and other experts” variety rather than having specific detailed methods already identified. Examples include plans to test the water chemistry of the reservoir to see if it is suitable for the planned rainbow / redband (?) trout fishery that is one of the project’s objectives and the speculation that the reservoir COULD be drained to run of the river for two years in order to control non-native species. These approaches are unacceptably speculative to support purchasing the property. The objectives for riparian improvement may be more achievable, although details are again missing.

Response loop edit

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $65,560 | FY08: $99,972 | FY09: $194,887

Comment: $3,900,000/2007 MOVED TO CAPITAL.