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200724500 - Protect & Restore Joseph Creek Watershed

Sponsor: Nez Perce Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $834,666 | FY08: $859,236 | FY09: $889,872

Short description: This project seeks to continue protecting existing high quality habitat. It further seeks to restore and enhance habitat where feasible and opportunity exists. Another component of this proposal is education and outreach.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $120,000 | FY08: $120,000 | FY09: $120,000

Comment: The budget reduction reflect a budget for staffing associate with the GRMW and other partners to develop habitat projects with cooperative funding sources, similar to other co-manager projects. The sponsor requests the name of this project be changed to "Protect and Restore NE Oregon". Title change to occur at contracting;

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable in part

Comment:

This project proposal has been transformed to a more focused (and less expensive) activity: i.e., funding a coordinator (~$120,000) to seek external funds for project implementation. In focusing this project (and eliminating several others), sponsors have effectively and decisively prioritized the projects. ISRP questions and comments have been largely addressed. According to the sponsors the scale of the project was reduced substantially through a local prioritization effort. In that process, proposals for the Imnaha, Lostine, and Wallowa Rivers were dropped and only the Joseph Creek proposal remains as the highest priority. Additionally, funding is now sought for a coordinator to seek funding from other sources for culvert replacement, road decommissioning, and off-stream watering systems. This fits with the ISRP recommendation for a reduced scale. The sponsor's concern with caps on M&E are important to clarify with Council. These concerns, however, do not diminish their responsibility to monitor and should be strong reason to coordinate with NEOH M&E, Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program #199202601, and others to ensure suitable effectiveness monitoring is undertaken, which will provide data to justify future projects. For full comments on "restore and protect" type projects, please see heading “General comments concerning Nez Perce Tribe proposals to protect and restore various watersheds” at the beginning of the ISRP comments on project # 199607702, Protect & Restore Lolo Creek Watershed.

Response loop edit

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State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: OSPIT - Blue Mountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $120,000 | FY08: $120,000 | FY09: $120,000

Comment: OSPIT recognizes the NPT priority for habitat work associated with Grande Ronde. This project will pay for staffing to associate with the GRMW and other partners to develop habitat projects with cooperative funding sources, similar to other co-manager projects. Change of scope will be reflected in comments to ISRP on fix it loop.