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Contract 66062: 2003-012-00 EXP PROTECT SHILLAPOO WILDLIFE AREA
Project Number:
Title:
Shillapoo Wildlife Mitigation
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Columbia Lower 100.00%
Contract Number:
66062
Contract Title:
2003-012-00 EXP PROTECT SHILLAPOO WILDLIFE AREA
Contract Continuation:
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63005: 2003-012-00 EXP PROTECT SHILLAPOO WILDLIFE AREA
  • 69914: 2003-012-00 EXP PROTECT SHILLAPOO WILDLIFE AREA
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
The Shillapoo Wildlife Area (SWA) was initially approved as a BPA wildlife mitigation project in 1996 and was re-approved for funding in 2002 as part of the Northwest Power Planning Council's (NWPPC) Provincial/Sub-Basin Planning Process.  This project is located in the Lower Columbia Province (Lake River Sub-Basin) and partially addresses wildlife losses due to adverse impacts caused by construction of Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day dams.  Land acquisition and management programs to meet mitigation objectives have been under way since 1996 on the SWA.  Continued operation, maintenance and enhancement activities funded by BPA are necessary to maintain and enhance wildlife habitat benefits and to ensure BPA's mitigation obligation is met.

Ongoing maintenance and enhancement work includes restoration of approximately 650 acres of wetland plant communities within the drained Shillapoo Lakebed and management/enhancement of other smaller wetland basins throughout the wildlife area. This primary enhancement focus is envisioned to provide wintering habitat for Canada geese, other waterfowl and sandhill cranes while increasing the overall habitat and wildlife diversity in the area.  The results of an emerging feasibility study could possibly change the management scheme for some of these wetland areas by reestablishing direct hydrologic connections with the Columbia River with the intent of providing benefits to out migrating juvenile salmonids.  It is somewhat certain that this alternative approach will result in lower quality habitat for some of the target wildlife species than we could produce under the current management regime.  To what degree this approach affects target wildlife species is uncertain and will require close study as potential alternatives are evaluated.

Tree and shrub planting will occur along approximately 1 3/4 miles of riparian zone on the west bank of Lake River and in other areas to restore or improve riparian habitat.  Some of these areas require that exotic vegetation (usually Himalayan Blackberry) be removed prior to planting, making these projects multiple year endeavors.  Tree planting will also occur in selected wetland and Oak habitat to improve habitat conditions for indicator species including Great Blue Heron, Yellow Warbler, mink and other species.

Other ongoing maintenance activities include fence maintenance, noxious weed and brush control, and waterfowl forage improvements much of which is accomplished largely though agreements with cooperating farmers.  Water levels are also managed and moist soil management practices are employed in wetland basins where enhancement has occurred to reduce reed canary grass cover in order to create favorable conditions for native plants.

A feasibility study to determine if the historic Shillapoo Lake, Buckmire/Matthews Slough, and the South Unit Wetlands can be reconnected with the Columbia River  to benefit both migrating juvenile salmonids, as well as native plant and wildlife should begin this year under the WA MOA and USACE 536 program.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
10/01/2014
Contract End Date:
09/30/2015
Current Contract Value:
$272,916
Expenditures:
$272,916

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Apr-2021.

BPA CO:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Completed Surveys and Consultation A: 165. Environmental Reviews and/or Consultation 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Rehabilitate or Overseed Pasture B: 199. Rehabilitate or Overseed Pasture 07/01/2015 05/15/2015
Mowed pastures and planted cover crops C: 198. Goose Forage Management 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Maintained Trees and Shrubs D: 198. Maintain Planted Trees and Shrubs 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Disked Basins E: 199. Maintain Planted Trees and Shrubs 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Weeds Controlled F: 199. Control Noxious Weeds and Other Undesirable Plants 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Site Cleared G: 199. Buckmire Slough Site Prep/Clearing 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Trees Planted J: 47. North Unit old ag site (Oak habitat) 05/31/2015 02/13/2015
Trees Planted as needed K: 47. South Unit (old rookery site) 05/31/2015 02/13/2015
Trees and Shrubs Planted L: 47. Lake River Riparian Zone 05/31/2015 02/13/2015
Trees Planted M: 47. South Unit (Buckmire Slough) 05/31/2015 02/06/2015
Clear Travel Routes N: 38. Improve Interior Roads and Travel Routes in Support of Other Activities 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Maintained Water Management Structures O: 186. Operate and Maintain Wetland Management Facilities (including pumps) 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Build and install nest boxes P: 36. Provide nest boxes in lieu of snags where necessary 09/30/2015 04/10/2015
Fences Maintained Q: 186. Maintain, Repair or Replace Existing Fences as Needed for Management Purposes 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Debris Removed R: 27. Remove Debris, Litter and Other Materials as Required 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Use Monitored/Managed S: 188. Monitor and Manage Public and Other Uses 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Monitoring Information and Data Gathered T: 157. Monitor brodleaf weeds in open habitats 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Waterfowl surveys conducted U: 157. Monitor Waterfowl Use associated with habitat treatments 04/30/2015 04/30/2015
Wetland vegetation sampled V: 157. Wetland Vegetation Sampling 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Snag survey completed W: 157. Monitor snags in forested areas 09/30/2015
Habitat data and treatment information compiled X: 162. Compile and summarize wetland plant community data 04/30/2015 12/31/2014
Waterfowl Use Data Compiled Y: 162. Compile and Summarize Waterfowl Use Data 05/31/2015 05/31/2015
Review and comment on conceptual design comments Z: 122. LCR Estuary MOA Feasibility Study 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Management Plan Update Completed AA: 174. Management Plan Update 05/31/2015 05/31/2015
Administrative Tasks/Required Training Completed AC: 119. Conduct Administrative Activities to Operate, Enhance and Maintain Shillapoo Wildlife Area 09/30/2015 09/30/2015
Attach Progress Report in Pisces AD: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 05/31/2015 05/31/2015

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Wildlife
  • 4 instances of WE 199 Remove Vegetation
  • 2 instances of WE 198 Maintain Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 27 Remove Debris
  • 2 instances of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 36 Develop Terrestrial Habitat Features
  • 1 instance of WE 38 Improve Road for Instream Habitat Benefits
  • 2 instances of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 4 instances of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 122 Provide Technical Review and Recommendation
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Environmental Reviews and/or Consultation 10/01/2014
B 199 Rehabilitate or Overseed Pasture 10/01/2014
C 198 Goose Forage Management 10/01/2014
D 198 Maintain Planted Trees and Shrubs 10/01/2014
E 199 Maintain Planted Trees and Shrubs 10/01/2014
F 199 Control Noxious Weeds and Other Undesirable Plants 10/01/2014
G 199 Buckmire Slough Site Prep/Clearing 10/01/2014
H 40 Lake River Fence 10/01/2014
I 40 "Old Slough" Fence 10/01/2014
J 47 North Unit old ag site (Oak habitat) 10/01/2014
K 47 South Unit (old rookery site) 10/01/2014
L 47 Lake River Riparian Zone 10/01/2014
M 47 South Unit (Buckmire Slough) 10/01/2014
N 38 Improve Interior Roads and Travel Routes in Support of Other Activities 09/23/2015
O 186 Operate and Maintain Wetland Management Facilities (including pumps) 10/01/2014
P 36 Provide nest boxes in lieu of snags where necessary 10/01/2014
Q 186 Maintain, Repair or Replace Existing Fences as Needed for Management Purposes 10/01/2014
R 27 Remove Debris, Litter and Other Materials as Required 10/01/2014
S 188 Monitor and Manage Public and Other Uses 10/01/2014
T 157 Monitor brodleaf weeds in open habitats 10/01/2014
U 157 Monitor Waterfowl Use associated with habitat treatments 10/01/2014
V 157 Wetland Vegetation Sampling 10/01/2014
W 157 Monitor snags in forested areas 10/01/2014
X 162 Compile and summarize wetland plant community data 10/01/2014
Y 162 Compile and Summarize Waterfowl Use Data 10/01/2014
Z 122 LCR Estuary MOA Feasibility Study 10/01/2014
AA 174 Management Plan Update 10/01/2014
AB 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 10/01/2014
AC 119 Conduct Administrative Activities to Operate, Enhance and Maintain Shillapoo Wildlife Area 10/01/2014
AD 132 Submit Progress Report for the period Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 10/01/2014