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200207400 - Protect & Restore Crooked Fork to Colt Killed Analysis Area

Sponsor: Nez Perce Tribe DFRM Watershed Division

Budgets: FY07: $484,395 | FY08: $484,395 | FY09: $484,395

Short description: This project will protect, restore, and return critical spawning and rearing habitat to the Analysis Area using a holistic approach to restoration. Projects will be coordinated with the Clearwater National Forest.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $228,122 | FY08: $228,122 | FY09: $228,122

Comment: 2007 Revised Budget: Proposed implementation included road removal, culvert replacement, revegetation and necessary weed treatment, and road improvement. All types of proposed work can be implemented but with reduced targets for each year. The Nez Perce Tribe, Clearwater National Forest, and the private landowner will have to meet to prioritze which suite of implementation projects can be completed in a given contract year.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This comprehensive proposal clearly takes into account past ISRP advice. The proposal is clearly written and is very thorough, except for needing to complete the biological components. The proposal was a pleasure to review. The proposal contains clear multiple objectives to restore watershed functions and processes, matched to subbasin plan objectives with high priorities (tabulated), etc. Relationship to other projects is not given in as much detail as might be expected. There could be overlap among these several Clearwater projects. (This is not necessarily a bad thing, but how they all fit together should be better explained.) Monitoring is factored into the objectives, except that the biological M&E is missing. A biologist is needed on the team. The project history is adequate for the short time project has existed (as a 2002 designation). However, it is stated in the facilities and equipment section that "This project has been on-going since 1996 with the cooperation of the Clearwater National Forest." If so, greater explanation of physical and biological results should appear in the history section. For full ISRP comments on “protect and restore” 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.

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

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $228,122 | FY08: $228,122 | FY09: $228,122

Comment: 2007 Revised Budget: Proposed implementation included road removal, culvert replacement, revegetation and necessary weed treatment, and road improvement. All types of proposed work can be implemented but with reduced targets for each year. The Nez Perce Tribe, Clearwater National Forest, and the private landowner will have to meet to prioritze which suite of implementation projects can be completed in a given contract year.