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200720000 - Idaho Subbasin Planning and Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) Data Distribution System

Sponsor: Idaho Department of Fish & Game

Budgets: FY07: $139,489 | FY08: $146,464 | FY09: $153,787

Short description: Provide Idaho’s subbasin planning data and Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy data over the web. It will provide fish, wildlife, rare plant and habitat data and information in a variety of formats through a database driven, interactive website.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The ISRP judged this proposal to be fundable, but of low priority. The ISRP found nothing wrong with the basic idea developed in the proposal, but did not find a significant improvement in information or information transfer for the purposes described. The project apparently would mostly make an existing document available over the web, not provide new information. The proposal adequately presents a plan to put the CWCS system on the internet, but does not provide details about how this database could be used to support, enhance, or implement the Council’s Wildlife Program activities in the subbasins. For instance, the CWCS database seems focused on mapping of cover types and potential distribution of selected species, without any sampling of numbers of species at these sites. The assumption seems to be that change in distribution will be an adequate way to measure progress towards objectives, but this assumption is not supported with technical and scientific background in the proposal. Perhaps the project is envisioned as providing more than is clearly articulated in the proposal, but, as presented, the proposed electronic database does not significantly advance information quality, availability, or application to meet the goals of the Wildlife Program.

State/province recommendation: MS: Recommended Action

Review group: MSRT

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

Comment: There may be duplication with other data management projects. Consideration of this project should be made in the discussion of Streamnet role and function. BPA responsibility should also be considered. The project calls for coordination to insure consistency with regional needs and eventual data portal. More groundwork may be necessary before funding the project.