Proposal 200002600: Rainwater Wildlife Area Operations and Maintenance
4. Past accomplishments
7. Work elements
Organization: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Focus of project is to protect, enhance, maintain, and mitigate fish and wildlife impacted by the Federal Mainstem Columbia River Hydropower System. Project contributes to protection of critical anadromous fish (summer steelhead/bull) in the Walla Walla
|Julie Burke||Administrative Contact||Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reserva
73239 Confederated Way P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
|Allen Childs||Project Lead||Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
|Carl Scheeler||Supervisor||Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla
Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Section 2. Location
Province: Columbia Plateau Subbasin: Walla Walla
|Lat/long||Location desc||Waterbody (lake or stream)||County/State||Subbasin||Resolution||Primary?|
|046° 07' 38.23, 117° 58' 10.92||The project legal description is Township 7 North, Range 39 East, all or portions of Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; Township 8 North, Range 39 East, all or portions of Sections 5, 8, 9, 17, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, and 34, Willamette Meridian||South Fork Touchet River||Columbia County WA||Walla Walla||area||Yes|
Section 3. Species
Primary: Wildlife: All Wildlife
Additional species: mink, great blue heron, yellow warbler, blue grouse, black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, mule deer
Section 4. Past accomplishments
|1998||Acquired 8,441 acres and placed in protective status. Developed and initiated interim managment plan. Initiated baseline assessments (HEP) and public managment plan development process.|
|1999||Acquired additional 230 acres for protection. Initiated infrastructure developments (gates and public parking areas) to support access and travel plan. Secured $100K through WA State Gov. Office Salmon Recovery Program for fish habitat and watershed res|
|2000||Implemented fish habitat/watershed restoration project under WA Governor's Salmon Recover Prog: 4.5 miles drawbottom road oblit, 5 miles road drainage imprv., instream fish habitat enhanc. (lg wood add. 1.5 miles Griffin), planted 14,000 trees and shrubs.|
|2001||Ongoing interim management activities. Completed Draft Management Plan and HEP Analysis. Initiated Public Review. Acquired an additional 237 acres of interior private land parcels through land acquisiton.|
|2002||Initiated boundary landline survey contract and fence consruction. Completed survey and monumentation along 6 miles of eastern boundary. Completed 2 miles fence construction. Installed 2 additional gates|
|2003||Conducted ongoing boundary landline survey and monumentation along 6 miles. Construction 2 miles boundary fence. Completed road drainage repair along 1 mile access road. Completed noxious weed treatments on 120 acres.|
|2004||Conducted ongoing landline survey and monumentation along 7 miles of boundary. Maintained 8 miles of boundary fence. Implemented noxious weed control on 110 acres. Estab. 4 addit. bio. agent release sites. Initiated collection of native grass seed.|
|2005||Final phase of landline survey and monumentation. Maint. 6 miles fence, repaired two gates. Devel.proposal for SFRB funding for S. Touchet Rd design in prep for 06-07 construction. Collected 50 pounds bluebunch seed, init increasing at CTUIR nursery|
|2006||Conducted post-fire rehabilitation and large wood additions to 5.5 mile reach of South Fork Touchet River. Fire rehab included fireline obliteration, installation of water control structures, aerial seeding, limited salvage logging, and planting.|
|2007||Continued post-fire rehab of roads/fireline trails, constructed/repair boundary fence, conducted noxious weed treatment (biological and chemical), fuel treatments, and planning/design for FY09 habitat enhancement and road relocation along lower South Fork|
|2008||Constructed and maintained boundary fence, ongoing noxious weed treatment, fuel treatments/thinning, and planning/design for FY09 habitat enhancement and road relocation along lower South Fork|
Section 5. Relationships to other projects
|Funding source||Project ID||Project Title||Relationship|
|BPA||199604601||Walla Walla River Basin Fish H||Tribal Walla Walla Fish Habitat Project participates in development and implementation of fish habitat enhancement/restoration efforts on wildlife area.|
|BPA||199506001||Iskuulpa Watershed Project||CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Project. Projects share staff, equipment, and expertise.|
|BPA||199009200||Wanaket Wildlife Area||CTUIR Wildlife Mitigation Project. Projects share staff, equipment, and expertise.|
|BPA||199305800||Wa Coalition Mitigation Agreem||Rainwater Wildlife Area acquired under mitigation agreement.|
|BPA||200003900||Walla Walla River Basin Monito||Project provides RM&E on fish and fish habitat within wildlife area streams.|
Section 6. Objectives
|Objective title||Description||Relevant subbasin plan||Relevant strategy(ies)||Page number(s)|
|1. Protect Habitat||Protect 5,185 baseline habitat units||Walla Walla||Habitat Protection (land acquisition, long-term conservation easements)||18|
|2. Enhance Habitat||Enhance habitat, develop 1,850 enhancement habitat units||Walla Walla||Enhance/restore habitat||19|
|3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||Address limiting factors of embeddedness, large woody debris, pool habitat, riparian function, channel confinement, summer high water temperature, and streamflow.||Walla Walla||Habitat protection/easements, livestock exclusion, large wood placement, stable channel form, road obliteration, and re-establish riparian vegetation.||18-19|
Section 7. Work elements
|Work element name||Work element title||Objective(s)||Start date||End date||Estimated budget>||Sponsor performs work?|
|Provide Access and Public Information||Conduct regular wildlife Area patrols, implement access and travel plan, and maintain public information kiosks/sign boards||1. Protect Habitat||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||60,000||Yes|
|Description: Conduct regular patrols and monitoring of wildlife area to ensure compliance with management plan. Includes administration of Access and Travel Management Plan, maintaining public parking areas and information boards (kiosks), making contacts and sharing information with public users, litter pickup, use monitoring, and posting seasonal weather conditions such as wildfire threats. Primary public use and periods of use include: spring turkey and bear hunting and antler collection (April-June), fishing (July-August), big game hunting seasons (elk, deer, cougar, bear, grouse) (August-December.)|
|Plant Vegetation||Plant 2,500-5,000 trees annually and install seed on up to 25 acres annually associate with weed treatment activities.||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||34,000||Yes|
Description: Work element includes tree planting on selected forest and forested/riparian. Purchase seed zone specific conifer seedlings. Includes a mixture of 5,000 Western larch, Douglas-fir, and ponderosa pine seedling plugs. Objective is to facilitate cover regeneration. Treatment areas for FY09 include primarily forested units along South Fork Touchet River that burned during the Columbia Complex fire and/or areas previously logged..
CTUIR technical staff to conduct planting effort. Planting prescription includes installation of a mixture of native species, locally adapted, from local seed zone elevation band, planted on a variable width spacing guide for diversity. Planting conditions vary from relatively flat to less than 20% slope. No artificial protection devices such as protection tubes or shade cards are planned. Local woody material will be utilized to select planting sites to provide shade and protection from large ungulate and to minimize planting costs.
Plant approximately 5,000 conifer tree seedlings on 25 acres. Includes a mixture of 5,000 Western larch, Douglas-fir, and ponderosa pine seedling plugs. Planting units include riparian units along South Fork Touchet River. Objectives for forested cover types include 80-120 square feet of basal area, 6-8 snags/acre, and 8-10 logs/acre, 8" in diameter or greater and 10' in length..
Planting techniques include scalping grass matt from a 12"x12 area to bare mineral soil and digging an approximate 10" deep hole. Bareroot/containerized tree stock is then placed in planting hole, maintaining straight root system to avoid "J" rooting, and backfilling/compacting soil to firmly plant the tree.
|Prepare HEP Report||Update 2001 Rainater HEP||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat||1/1/2011||12/31/2012||10,000||Yes|
|Description: Conduct field surveys to collect data, analyze field data, incorporate data into target miitgation wildlife species models, and prepare HEP report.|
|Produce Pisces Status Report||Periodic Status Reports to document project progress.||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||3,000||Yes|
|Description: The Contractor shall report on the status of milestones and deliverables in Pisces. Reports shall be completed quarterly. Additionally, when indicating a deliverable milestone as COMPLETE, the contractor shall provide metrics and the final location (latitude and longitude) prior to submitting the report to the BPA COTR.|
|Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation||Prepare necessary documentation for various environmental compliance needs associated with project.||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||30,000||Yes|
|Description: Prepare various environmental compliance documents and permit applications for planned management actions. May include items such as maps, design drawings, survey reports, permit applications, ESA documents, etc. Additionally, provide required documentation in a timely manner -- calendar year 2009 proposed/actual herbicide use report, cultural resource review and biological assessment, and Washington hydrologic permit for FY09 project activities.|
|Remove vegetation||Conduct activities under integrated weed management program (herbicide treatments, manual, and biological controls) and pre-commerical/commericial thinning and fuel treatments.||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||160,000||Yes|
|Description: The weed management program includes ground-based application of herbicides, biological controls, and restricted access and travel management policies to reduce potential for vectors. Treatments are necessary to address primarily yellow star-thistle, spotted knapweed, and Canada thistle and promote recovery to native bunch-grass grasslands. Control weeds on approximately 200 acres in primarily grassland cover types. Ground-based treatment conducted with ATV-mounted spray boom/nozzle on slopes generally less than 20%. Herbicide will be applied at label-specified rates and consistent with applicable laws and regulations governing herbicide use. Herbicide treatments include ground based applications according to product labels and standards prescribed in BPA's herbicide program and associated environmental documentation. Planned products include Tordon, 2,4 D, and Curtail. Tordon and 2,4 D are utilized on upland sites while Curtail is utilized in riparian areas. The difference in products is the amount of residual product. Noxious weeds treated are weeds primarily yellow starthistle, spotted knapweed, and Canada thistle to promote recovery of native bunchgrass grasslands. Biological agents (Eustonopis spp.) have been released in the past on the wildlife area to help control yellowstar thistle. Thinning and fuel treatments are planned in forest cover types to reduce fuel loading and facilitate tree growth and cover development. Approximately 10-20 acres treated annually.|
|Investigate Trespass||Monitor trespass livestock, property boundaries and address trespass through livestock owner contacts and authorities as necessary.||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||45,000||Yes|
|Description: Weekly patrols are conducted to look for trespass livestock, violations of access and travel management plan (e.g., unauthorized use of closed roads), unauthorized hunting or recreation, and damaged fences and locks. When trespass cattle are located, the owners are contacted and the cattle removed from the wildlife area. Unauthorized people found using the area are asked to leave. Damaged fences and locks are repaired.|
|Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure||Maintain and repair boundary fence||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||60,000||Yes|
|Description: Inspect 6 miles of wildlife area boundary fences (beginning in spring and continuing through summer grazing season) to identify repair needs and areas of concern where livestock from adjacent private lands may be entering wildlife area. Schedule maintenance needs accordingly. Maintain 6 miles of existing fence. Includes splicing wire, replacing wooden stays or "t" posts, repairing anchor structures, tightening wire, cutting and removing downed trees, etc as as necessary to maintain fence. Fence design consists of 4 strand, barbed wire with metal t-posts and anchor structures. Construction includes installation of brace structures, t-posts, stringing and tightening wire, installing clips and hardware, and installation of gates. Fence construction on wildlife area is in compliance with NRCS specifications for 4-strand, 2 point barbed wire fence with wildlife passage wire height and spacing criteria.|
|Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data||Project effectiveness and status/trend monitoring and evaluation||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||90,000||Yes|
Description: Includes monitoring of plant communities’ composition and % cover (vegetation plots/transects), spring song birds (point counts along transect in forested, grassland, and riparian cover types, stream channel morphology, water temperatures, fish populations, and photo points.
Song bird monitoring includes collection of trend data directly applicable to several targeted wildlife mitigation species, including black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, western meadowlark, and yellow warbler.
Conduct vegetation transect and plot surveys in grassland and riparian cover types.
Conduct song bird point counts along 6 transects in riparian, upland forest, and upland grassland cover types.
Deploy thermographs on South Fork Touchet at 5 locations to determine water temperatures.
Assist CTUIR Walla Walla Fish Research Crew with fish population surveys at eight, randomized sites throughout project area and control sites.
Repeat project photo points (primarily along vegetation transects)
|Install Fence||Install up to 5 miles of boundary fence to minimize trespass livestock onto wildlife area.||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||60,000||Yes|
Description: Construct a minimum 5 miles of boundary fence. Fence design consists of 4 strand, barbed wire with metal t-posts and anchor structures. Construction includes installation of brace structures, t-posts, stringing and tightening wire, installing clips and hardware, and installation of gates. Fence construction on wildlife area is in compliance with NRCS specifications for 4-strand, 2 point barbed wire fence with wildlife passage wire height and spacing criteria.
|Manage and Administer Projects||Project Management and Administration||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||360,000||Yes|
|Description: This work element includes general administrative functions of the contract, including accrual estimate, reporting, bookkeeping and accounting.|
|Produce (Annual) Progress Report||Annual reporting on project progress||1. Protect Habitat<br>2. Enhance Habitat<br>3. Increase anadromous fish productivity||1/1/2010||12/31/2012||10,500||Yes|
|Description: Develop report of annual project progress.|
|work element budget total:||922,500|
Section 8. Budget
|Item||Note||FY 2010 cost ($)||FY 2011 cost ($)||FY 2012 cost ($)|
|Fringe Benefits||Fringe @ 36.3% for permanent employees and 10.15% for temporary employees||48,069||48,069||48,069|
|Overhead||Assumes an Indirect rate @ 38.2%||81,406||81,406||81,406|
|Travel||Includes per diem and vehicle expense||22,912||22,912||22,912|
|Supplies||Includes materials, supplies, and services||9,700||9,700||9,700|
|Other||Includes subcontracts, landfill, fire protection fees, and weed cooperative with Columbia County Weed Board||12,991||12,991||12,991|
|Itemized budget totals:||307,500||307,500||307,500|
|Type of funding source||Funding source or organization||Item or service provided||FY 2010 est value ($)||FY 2011 est value ($)||FY 2012 est value ($)||Cash or in-kind?||Status|
|tribal||BPA/CTUIR Walla Walla Fish Habitat and RM&E Projec||Fish habitat maintenance/biological monitoring||15,000||15,000||15,000||In-Kind||Under Review|
|Cost share estimate totals:||15,000||15,000||15,000|
FY 2010-12 total cost share estimate: 45,000
Section 9. Project future
FY 2010-2012 estimated budgets based on 2009 budget plus 2.5% for inflation. FY 2013-2015 estimated budgets based on 2009 budget plus 2.5% for inflation. FY 2016-2018 estimated budgets based on 2009 budget plus 2.5% for inflation.
Likely project termination/end date: Ongoing Project
Perpetual habitat protection under NPCC and BPA Fish and Wildlife Program
7,035 Habitat Units (protection and enhancement combined) protected over time.
ISRP final recommendation: Meets Scientific criteria? Yes
from May 19, 2009 ISRP 2009-17 report
ISRP preliminary recommendation: Meets scientific criteria? Yes
from Mar 26, 2009 ISRP 2009-7 report