Proposal 199106100: Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation (Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area)

1. Administrative
2. Location
3. Species
4. Past accomplishments  
5. Relationships
6. Objectives
7. Work elements   
8. Budget
9. Future
10. Narrative

Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Short description:
Protect, increase, and maintain a viable sharp-tailed grouse meta population, increase mule deer use of the project site, and enhance habitat for shrubsteppe obligate species, as mitigation for losses associated with the Grand Coulee Dam.

Contacts

Contact nameRoleAddressPhoneEmail
Juli Anderson Form Submitter Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife/Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area
19602 Seven Springs Dairy Rd. E.
Creston, WA 99117
(509) 636-2344 anderjaa@dfw.wa.gov
Paul Dahmer Administrative Contact WDFW
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
(360) 902-2480 dahmepad@dfw.wa.gov
Nathan Pamplin Reviewer Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Nathan.Pamplin@dfw.wa.gov

Section 2. Location

Province: Columbia Plateau Subbasin: Crab

Specific locations

Lat/longLocation descWaterbody (lake or stream)County/StateSubbasinResolutionPrimary?
47 33.47, 118 21.25 Point on eastern boundary of the SLWA. Lincoln Washington Crab area Yes
47 37.37, 118 36.44 Point on western boundary of the SLWA. Lincoln Washington Crab area Yes
47 32.15, 118 22.59 Point on southern boundary of the SLWA. Lincoln Washington Crab area Yes
47 40.53, 118 26.56 Point on northern boundary of the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (SLWA). Approximately 10 miles south of Creston, Washington. Lincoln Washington Crab area Yes

Section 3. Species

Primary: Wildlife: All Wildlife

Additional species: Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, mule deer, shrubsteppe obligate species.

Section 4. Past accomplishments

FYAccomplishment
1992 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 24 grouse displaying on 6 leks. Conducted baseline HEP surveys.
1993 Acquired the 4,208 ha (10,399 ac) Roloff property as the "core" sharp-tailed grouse area within WDFW's Sharp-tailed Grouse Mgmt Zone 4 and Sage Grouse Mgmt Zone 1.Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 41 grouse displaying on 6 leks.
1994 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 20 grouse displaying on 5 leks. Manager and assistant hired for project; planning started for future habitat restoration. Controlled noxious weeds. Started planning for habitat restoration work.
1995 Acquired 2,478 ha (5060 ac) Welch/Anderson properties, the 97 ha (240 ac) Rustemeyer/Finch ranch, and added 1,214 ha (3000 ac) Tracy Rock parcel purchased by WDFW. Coordinated grouse management activities with BLM's Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
1996 Planted 210 ha to grasses and forbs. Planted 18,400 shrubs and trees. Purchased 119 ha (295 ac) of grouse habitat. Constructed 27 km (16 mi) of fence to protect habitat. Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 55 grouse displaying on 7 leks.
1997 Planted 28 ha (70 ac) to grasses and forbs. Planted 23,500 shrubs and trees. Purchased 321 ha (792 ac) of habitat. Established monitoring/evaluation transects. Conducted lek surveys: counted 57 sharp-tailed grouse displaying on 7 leks.
1998 Constructed 27 km (17 mi) of fence and repaired an additional 7 km (4.5 mi) of fence to protect habitat from livestock encroachment. Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 48 grouse displaying on 8 leks.
1999 Completed the Cultural Resource Survey. Assisted Scotch Creek WA staff seed 162 ha (400 ac) to grasses/forbs, sharp-tailed grouse nesting and brood rearing habitat. Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 62 grouse displaying on 8 leks.
2000 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse Lek surveys. Counted 49 grouse displaying on 8 leks. Conducted neo tropical bird surveys. Replicated 1992 HEP surveys and established vegetation monitoring transects. Maintained boundary fence. Controlled noxious weeds.
2001 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 51 grouse displaying on 8 leks. Planted 36 ha (90 ac) to grasses and forbs. Maintained 60 miles of boundary fence. Controlled noxious weeds throughout the wildlife area.
2002 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 43 grouse displaying on 7 leks. Planted 30 ha (75 ac) to grasses and forbs. Maintained 60 miles of boundary fence. Controlled noxious weeds throughout the wildlife area.
2003 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 28 grouse displaying on 5 leks, a sharp decline from previous year. Second-year fallowed 49 ha (120 ac) for planting to grass/forbs in 2004. Planted 500 trees.
2004 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 19 grouse displaying on 5 leks, a sharp decline from previous year. Planted 49 ha (120 ac) to grasses and forbs. Plan for sharp-tail augmentation activities, to take place in spring 2005.
2005 Conducted sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys. Counted 14 grouse displaying on 3 leks. Planted 32 ha (80 ac) to grasses and forbs. Planted 500 riparian trees and shrubs in irrigated, fenced plot. Augmented sharp-tail population with 20 birds from BC and ID.
2006 Surveyed approximately 30 sharp-tailed grouse displaying on 3 leks. Maintained riparian shrub/tree plots, and fences. Conducted weed control. Augmented sharp-tail population with birds from UT and ID; also monitored imported birds.
2007 Surveyed approximately 28 sharp-tailed grouse displaying on 3 leks. Maintained riparian shrub/tree plots, and fences. Conducted weed control. Augmented sharp-tail population with birds from UT and ID; also monitored imported birds.
2008 Surveyed approximately 31 sharp-tailed grouse displaying on 3 leks. Assisted Blue Mtns WLA staff with grasslands restoration. Augmented sharp-tail population with 20 birds from UT. Test release of sage grouse at SLWA, with monitoring.

Section 5. Relationships to other projects

Funding sourceProject IDProject TitleRelationship
BPA 199609401 Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 199404400 Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Mitigation Project Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 199800300 Spokane Tribe Wildlife Mitigation Project Potential sharp-tailed habitat/restoration. The Spokane Tribe of Indians (STOI) would like to restore a population of sharp-tailed grouse to its lands, in future. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200103000 Sharp-Tailed Grouse Habitat This project is administered by the Colville Confederated Tribes. The project complements WDFW projects on the Swanson Lake WA, Scotch Creek WA and Sagebrush Flat WA to protect and enhance sharp-tailed grouse populations in North Central Washington. These projects have worked cooperatively to enhance and protect habitat. Additionally, they have initiated population augmentation efforts by translocating sharp-tailed grouse from source populations in Idaho and British Columbia to their respective project locations.
BPA 200103400 Forage and Mule Deer Conditions Helps determine quality of shrubsteppe habitat on/around SLWA. Help guide restoration/management at SLWA, to assist shrubsteppe obligate species in general, and sharp-tailed grouse in particular. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200310100 Enhance Fish and Wildlife - Reservation of Colville Tribes Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200600400 Wenas Wildlife Area Operation and Maintenance Potential sharp-tailed grouse habitat/restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200600500 Asotin Creek Wildlife Area Operation and Maintenance Potential sharp-tailed grouse habitat/restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
Other: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) None Telford/Twin Lakes/Coffeepot/Lakeview Recreation Areas BLM acquires, restores and manages shrub-steppe habitat within the UMM for shrub-steppe wildlife species. BLM managed lands are scattered in North Central Washington. Their work complements the shrub-steppe protection and restoration efforts of this project as well as our sharp-tailed grouse population protection and enhancement efforts. Above-listed properties are adjacent to SLWA. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 200201400 Sunnyside Wildlife Mitigation Shrubsteppe habitat restoration. Potential habitat for sharp-tailed grouse. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
Other: Douglas County PUD No. 1 [no entry] Wells Wildlife Mitigation Project Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
Other: : Federal [no entry] WDFW Shrubsteppe Restoration Research This research project evaluates the ability of restored agricultural fields to support native wildlife. The results of this research will help guide restoration and enhancement efforts on Swanson Lakes W.A. Several research plots are located on the W.A. The research is conducted by WDFW biologists.
Other: The Nature Conservancy [no entry] Moses Coulee/Beezley Hills Shrubsteppe Preserve The Nature Conservancy has acquired more than 25,000 acres of shrubsteppe habitat for the preserve. Their goal is to protect and restore large blocks of this habitat. Their work complements the shrubsteppe protection and restoration efforts of this project.
Other: Federal: US Army Corps of Engineers [no entry] Chief Joseph Dam Wildlife Mitigation Project Complements shrubsteppe protection as well as riparian enhancement and protection efforts of this project. The Corps project is located in north-central Washington, in the vicinity of Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area.
Other: County, State and Federal [no entry] Foster Creek Conservation District Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) The HCP will offer potential coverage to privately owned or operated agricultural lands in Douglas County. The Plan will include management recommendations for specific wildlife species and habitats, including those identified as focal indicators within the Upper Middle Mainstem (UMM) of the Columbia River. Complements the shrubsteppe protection and restoration efforts of this project, as well as sharp-tailed grouse population protection and enhancement efforts.
Other: Federal, Provincial [no entry] Okanogan-Similkameen Conservation Corridor Program This project advances the protection and restoration of shrubsteppe habitat and sharp-tailed grouse within the Okanogan River valley. It will provide a critical habitat and population link between Sagebrush Flat W.A., Scotch Creek W.A., and British Columbia.
Other: Federal and State [no entry] Sharp-tailed grouse Translocation Project This project funds the capture and transportation of sharp-tailed grouse from Idaho, British Columbia and/or Utah, to Washington. Birds are released on the Swanson Lake W.A. the Sagebrush Flat W.A. and lands owned by the Colville Confederated Tribes. This project is essential to maintaining and expanding the population of sharp-tailed grouse in North-Central Washington. Birds released at SLWA are radio-collared and regularly tracked.
Other: Federal and State [no entry] Sage Grouse Translocation Project This project funds the capture and transportation of sage grouse from Oregon and/or Nevada to Central and North Central Washington. In the last five years birds have been released on the US Army's Yakima Training Center (YTC), located in Kittitas County. Radio marked birds have been observed near the YTC, on WDFW Wildlife Areas within Kittitas County. Additional translocation efforts were planned to take place in Douglas County by 2008. Units of the Sagebrush Flats W.A. were identified as release sites. This project is essential to maintaining and expanding the population of sage grouse in Washington. In addition, a test release of sage grouse was conducted at Swanson Lakes WLA, with birds released in both spring and fall. However, the grouse have fared poorly, with high mortality rates, especially in the fall-released group. WDFW is evaluating the results of this release, to determine what might have gone wrong, and to determine whether, and how, to continue with releasing sage grouse at SLWA.
Other: Federal Landowner Incentive Program This grant program is administered by the WDFW and offers private landowners financial assistance for the protection and restoration of habitat to benefit species-at-risk. Priorities include Eastern Washington shrub-steppe and protection of sharp-tailed grouse. Complements state-protected lands by preserving and enhancing private lands in the vicinity of the SLWA.
BPA 199609400 WDFW Habitat Acquisition WDFW habitat acquired for Sharp-tailed grouse
BPA 199506700 Colville Confederated Tribes Supports Tribal (CCT) and WDFW goals and objectives
Other: Federal NRCS - Conservation Reserve Program This Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program resulted in the restoration of hundreds of acres of farm ground to shrubsteppe habitat in the vicinity of the SLWA.
Other: U.S.Army Yakima Training Center Complements protection and enhancement of shrubsteppe habitat and sage grouse recovery. The YTC is one of two population centers of sage grouse in Washington.

Section 6. Objectives

Objective titleDescriptionRelevant subbasin planRelevant strategy(ies)Page number(s)
Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop. Enhance and protect existing habitat necessary for sharp-tailed grouse life requirements. Continue translocation efforts begun in 2005. Secure birds from Idaho, Utah and/or British Columbia. Crab Strategies S2-4. (Restore viable populations of shrubsteppe obligate species where possible.) Appx. C, pg 12
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe habitat Legal and regulatory instruments may be used for habitat protection and enhancement on Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, and on other nearby publicly-owned and private lands. Habitat protection includes, but is not limited to; acquisition, reducing or eliminating weed encroachment and disturbance factors, construction and maintenance of firebreaks, maintenance of boundary fences to prevent trespass cattle. Enhancement measures include, but are not limited to: weed control; planting native grasses, forbs and shrubs. Crab Strategies S1-1, -2, -3, and -4. (Address legal/regulatory instruments to protect habitat.) Appx. C, pg 12
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat Protection and enhancement of habitat on Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area. Habitat protection includes, but is not limited to; acquisition, reducing or eliminating weed encroachment and disturbance factors, construction and maintenance of firebreaks, maintenance of boundary fences to prevent trespass cattle. Enhancement measures include, but are not limited to: weed control; planting native grasses, forbs and shrubs. Crab Strategies S2-1, -2, -3, -5 -6, and - 7. (Address weed management, vegetational structure, habitat corridors, USDA habitat programs and other cooperative projects, and acquisition.) Appx. C, pg 12
Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat. Coordinate with neighboring landowners, to effectively expand the boundaries of high-quality habitat for shrub-stepp obligate species.Habitat protection includes, but is not limited to; acquisition, reducing or eliminating weed encroachment and disturbance factors, construction and maintenance of firebreaks, maintenance of boundary fences to prevent trespass cattle. Enhancement measures include, but are not limited to: weed control; planting native grasses, forbs and shrubs. Crab Strategies S5-1, -2,and -3. (Address private landowner enrollment in CRP to provide/maintain high-quality habitat.) Appx. C, pg 12

Section 7. Work elements

Work element nameWork element titleObjective(s)Start dateEnd dateEstimated budget>Sponsor performs work?
Maintain Vegetation Maintain extant/restored vegetation, including restored, shrub/tree plantings, shrub-steppe habitat, and herbaceous seedings. Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 75,771 Yes
Description: Maintain previously developed habitat enhancements by chemical, mechanical or cultural control of undesirable vegetation. Apply fertilizer and replant or reseed as needed. Result will be successful establishment of seedlings and improved habitat condition.
Maintain Vegetation Weed control Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 151,542 Yes
Description: Control weeds and undesirable vegetation on 20,000 acre wildlife area.
Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure Maintain fences, roads, parking areas, signs and kiosks. Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 157,434 Yes
Description: Inspect boundary fence condition annually to protect from trespass livestock. This work element may also be used to roll up un-needed or downed barbed wire fence to protect wildlife and wildlife area users. Inspect and maintain roads, parking areas and kiosks, and perform maintenance required to keep them in safe, serviceable condition.
Outreach and Education Community outreach Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 5,102 Yes
Description: Conduct Citizens' Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, and presentations/tours with stakeholder groups as needed.

Metrics:
# of general public reached: Number reached
# of students reached: Number of students reached.

Manage and Administer Projects Administrative duties Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 204,775 Yes
Description: Coordinated and responsive actions consistent with wildlife area management/mitigation goals and objectives and improved employee performance, and compliance with pesticide application licensing requirements. Purchase or lease pickup vehicle(s), annualized to approximately $12,000/yr.
Manage and Administer Projects Annual report of activities/accomplishments Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 2,515 Yes
Description: The progress report will summarize the project goal, objectives, hypotheses, completed and uncompleted deliverables, problems encountered, lessons learned, and long-term planning.
Manage and Administer Projects Produce PISCES status reports Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 4,707 Yes
Description: The contractor shall report on the status of milestones and deliverables in Pisces. Reports shall be completed quarterly. When indicating a deliverable milestone as complete, the contractor shall provide metrics and the final location prior to submitting the report to the BPA COTR.
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor and Evaluate Mitigation Project Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 39,650 Yes
Description: This work element will help fund M&E efforts on all WDFW mitigation projects. Collect habitat and wildlife data on mitigation projects including response of key indicator species to enhancement and O&M activities. Includes two surveys annually of sharp-tailed grouse leks, and searches of surrounding areas for possible additional leks. Data collected will be used to assess effects of habitat maintenance, weed control and enhancement efforts on focal species. Analysis of data will guide adaptive management strategies implemented on wildlife area.

Metrics:
Primary R, M, and E Focal Area [Population Status, Hydrosystem, Tributary Habitat, Estuary/Ocean, Harvest, Hatchery, Predation, Systemwide]: Status and trend data collected on mitigation projects

Manage and Administer Projects Monitor recreational use Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 12,575 Yes
Description: Monitor/report recreational use on the wildlife area, both consumptive and non-consumptive, based on encounters with the public while performing habitat enhancement/management activities.
Manage and Administer Projects Coordinate payments and leases Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 54,825 Yes
Description: Coordinate contracts/payments for fire protection and land leases. Lease land from WDNR, until these 1280 acres are transferred to WDFW in planned state lands realignment. Lease small parcel of land out for haying.
Other Columbian sharp-tailed grouse augmentation Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 18,862 Yes
Description: Continue augmentation of sharp-tailed grouse on SLWA and surrounding vicinity. Travel to source populations in Idaho, Utah or British Columbia and trap, transport and release sharp-tailed grouse on the Bridgeport Unit. This is essential to improve the genetic diversity, overall population and future recovery of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse in Washington. Birds are radio-collared and monitored over time. Blood samples are taken from all trapped grouse for genetic research and to sample for disease.
BPA Environmental Compliance Environmental Compliance Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 0 Yes
Description: Provide environmental compliance documentation to BPA's environmental compliance group prior to starting any work element identified as needing environmental compliance.
Remove Debris Remove fence and other debris Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 15,234 Yes
Description: Remove old dilapidated interior fences, old corrals, collapsed buildings and other debris from all units of the SLWA.
Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure Maintain buildings, headquarters area. Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 36,000 Yes
Description: Maintain buildings, headquarters area to reasonably acceptable standards, including habitability as required (e.g. office).
Maintain Vegetation Develop/maintain fire breaks at SLWA Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 4,000 Yes
Description: Develop/maintain firebreaks at SLWA to protect the unit from fire. This is to be done in coordination with BLM. Fire breaks to be maintained on property adjacent to BLM property, on grounds along county roads that can extend "fire break" width.
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Herbicide reporting Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 6,000 Yes
Description: Provide environmental compliance documentation to BPA's environmental compliance group describing actual and projected herbicide on wildlife area.

Metrics:
Are herbicides used as part of work performed under this contract?: Yes or no.

Produce Plan Produce annual update to Wildlife Area Management Plan Maintain and expand the sharp-tailed grouse pop.<br>Protect and enhance shrubsteppe/riparian habitat 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 4,000 Yes
Description: Produce annual update to Wildlife Area Management Plan
work element budget total: 792,992

Section 8. Budget

Item Note FY 2010 cost ($) FY 2011 cost ($) FY 2012 cost ($)
Personnel 2.5 FTE's. Includes one Wildlife Area Manager, one Assistant Manager, and one 0.5 FTE laborer. 127,720 131,552 135,498
Capital Equipment Replace half-ton pickups; one in 2010 and a second one in 2012. 8,345 8,345 16,692
Overhead State FY '09 rate of 25.67% used. Not applied to capital equipment. 50,188 51,706 53,268
Fringe Benefits For FTE's shown above. 28,325 29,175 30,050
Supplies All supplies required to support the Statement of Work. 37,668 38,798 39,962
Travel Travel by WLA manager and assistant manager, as required. 1,800 1,900 2,000
Itemized budget totals: 254,046 261,476 277,470
Type of funding source Funding source or organization Item or service provided FY 2010 est value ($) FY 2011 est value ($) FY 2012 est value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Columbian sharp-tailed grouse augmentation/monitoring/genetic testing expenses 20,000 20,500 21,012 Cash Under Review
federal USFS and WDFW Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plan 10,000 10,250 10,506 Cash Confirmed
state WDFW Surveys by DFW biologists of game and non-game wildlife on wildlife area lands 5,000 5,125 5,253 Cash Confirmed
federal Bureau of Land Management Columbian sharp-tailed grouse augmentation/monitoring/genetic testing expenses 10,000 10,250 10,506 Cash Under Review
federal Bureau of Land Management Greater sage grouse augmentation/monitoring/genetic testing expenses 5,000 5,125 5,253 Cash Under Review
tribal Colville Confederated Tribes Columbian sharp-tailed grouse augmentation/monitoring/genetic testing expenses 10,000 10,250 10,506 Cash Under Review
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Supervision by Regional Wildlife Program Manager 5,000 5,125 5,253 Cash Confirmed
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Management assistance of CRP contract by DFW biologist 2,500 2,562 2,626 Cash Confirmed
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Greater sage grouse augmentation/monitoring/genetic testing expenses 15,000 15,375 15,760 Cash Under Review
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Research, data analysis, meetings and general assistance by state grouse research biologist 45,000 46,125 47,280 Cash Under Review
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife GIS services and products for area management - DFW GIS section 2,500 2,562 2,626 Cash Confirmed
federal US Fish and Wildlife Service Grant money for shrubsteppe improvement - approximately 500 acres/year 175,000 179,375 183,859 Cash Under Development
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) 15,000 15,375 15,759 Cash Confirmed
Cost share estimate totals: 320,000 327,999 336,199

FY 2010-12 total cost share estimate: 984,198

Section 9. Project future

Outyear budgets 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
292,403 300,815 309,479 318,903 328,095 337,563

Note
FY 2014: Purchase/start lease of replacement one-ton flatbed truck, $36,000 (annualized at $12,000/yr).

Likely project termination/end date: Ongoing

Termination notes:
Long-term operation and management of wildlife habitat migitation projects is a necessary component of mitigating the long-term operation of the Columbia River hydroelectric system.

Final deliverables:
Secured high-quality habitat that, along with other projects, mitigates the wildlife impacts of the Columbia River hydroelectric system.

Reviews

ISRP final recommendation: Meets Scientific criteria? Yes

The ISRP found the responses adequate. The ISRP would encourage the use of another HEP evaluation within the next five years and/or the agency use vegetation sampling of their own design.

from May 19, 2009 ISRP 2009-17 report

Sponsor response to ISRP preliminary review

199106100 Swanson Lakes Wildlife Mitigation - ISRP Response 2010-2012.doc

ISRP preliminary recommendation: Meets scientific criteria? Response requested

We are very interested in ensuring that the agency understand as much as possible about management and recovery of sharp-tailed grouse on project lands and have several questions about this process. There are grouse populations that are somewhat similar (relict populations, few leks, supplemented with translocated birds) that are responding/performing differently. We wonder if there are empirical data that can be used to understand differences among grouse populations on various projects. A response is requested to address the following questions/recommendations: 1. Can you summarize vegetation differences (and other differences) between Swanson and Scotch Creek that may be used to explain differences in sharp-tail grouse numerical responses? Vegetation data could be micro-site information or landscape scale mapping data. Are there vegetation differences (i.e. structural? pattern?) between Swanson Lake and Scotch Creek? The presentation by the Swanson Lake site manager raised some hypothetical reasons for the difference in sharp-tailed grouse population dynamics. 2. The sponsors should identify how they will evaluate grouse supplementations. 3. Are there objectives for vegetation management on the project? If not, the reviewers request some objectives for structural features of vegetation (height, Robel pole) and vegetation types. The authors should summarize the riparian habitat restoration including acres impacted and some measure of survival of the shrubs planted. 4. Regarding the HEP vegetation data presented in Appendix B, Table 1, how is herbaceous cover defined? Please add a footnote in this table to give readers the definition of herbaceous cover. The differences in herbaceous cover (%) in shrub-steppe in the two survey periods caught our attention. 5. How might this project move forward based on vegetation data? 6. Can you report long-term (10-15 years) data on deer numbers and harvest on or in the Game Management Unit that encompasses the project? 7. Could this project be linked with the UMWEP project, or are the data incompatible?

from Mar 26, 2009 ISRP 2009-7 report