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200726100 - Habitat effectiveness survey of existing, historical, and potential beaver habitat in the Upper Columbia Basin, Methow Subbasin

Sponsor: Pacific Biodiversity Institute

Budgets: FY07: $79,240 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Short description: The first phase of this project is a survey of existing and historical beaver habitat accompanied by an evaluation of existing habitat effectiveness models.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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


ISRP final recommendation: Fundable


This project is a potential step in beaver reintroduction as a management technique for improving anadromous fish habitat. Specifics about inputs for the beaver model were presented as requested (including a data sheet) and a considerable amount of recent literature cited. The fact that they would be utilizing information from other ongoing beaver studies in the region is a plus for the project. However, some of the details are not clear about how habitat suitability for beaver will be analyzed or how factors limiting successful colonization by beaver will be determined; i.e., sites now unused by beavers include both suitable and unsuitable sites, and how will these two categories be separated? We remain uncertain if the approach/model will be adequate (but there a few guarantees anywhere) but think it should be given a try. The approach is creative and not heavy-handed!

State/province recommendation: MS: Subbasin

Review group: MSRT

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

Comment: This project evaluates historic distribution of beaver habitat and will transplant beaver into suitable habitat as a restoration action. This project would be more appropriately reviewed in the subbasin process. This is an on-the-ground project occurring wholly in the Methow subbasin.

State/province recommendation: Washington

Review group: Washington list

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

Comment: See Washington guidance