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200723400 - Assessing Habitat and Environmental Suitability for Northern Leopard Frogs in the Crab Creek and Pend O'reille Subbasins of Eastern Washington

Sponsor: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Budgets: FY07: $179,751 | FY08: $183,075 | FY09: $190,644

Short description: The project sponsors will improve environmental conditions and evaluate disease in 2 leopard frog populations. The project sponsors will develop a leopard frog habitat suitability model and apply it in the Crab Creek and Pend Oreille drainages to estimate translocation site availability.

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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 proposal clearly explains the problem of declining leopard frog populations in Washington State. Background information is provided to justify improving environmental conditions and evaluating disease in two leopard frog populations. The proposed techniques for disease assessment appear to be the best available. The proposal is clearly written with well-defined objectives and work elements. The relationship to the subbasin plan is clearly stated and collaborative efforts with other projects are noted. Measurable benefit to leopard frogs is not explicitly identified nor is the likelihood of long-term success discussed. Long-term benefits will persist only if continued monitoring and management is conducted and if the limitations that are identified are truly the limiting factors and they can be reduced by the actions proposed. The proposal would be stronger if it identified how visual surveys for leopard frogs will be deployed (i.e., how much effort will this require). Some benefit to other species is mentioned but a complete discussion of the impact on non-focal species would be beneficial. Plans for information transfer that emphasize publication of results and providing the habitat suitability model on WDFW website are good. Successes and lessons learned concerning habitat restoration should be made available to others in the region involved in similar efforts.

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

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