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Contract 81856: 2000-015-00 EXP JOHN DAY CONSERVATION AREAS & NURSERY
Project Number:
Title:
Upper John Day Conservation Lands Program
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau John Day 100.00%
Contract Number:
81856
Contract Title:
2000-015-00 EXP JOHN DAY CONSERVATION AREAS & NURSERY
Continuation of Contract:
78879: 2000-015-00 EXP OXBOW AND FORREST CONSERVATION AREA
Contract Status:
Issued
Contract Description:
The Oxbow Conservation Area, a 1,022 acre property, was purchased as a high priority project in 2001 with BPA mitigation funds by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes).  The Forrest Conservation Area, with its two parcels of 4,232-acres, was purchased as a high priority project in 2002 with BPA mitigation funds by the Tribes. These Projects have since received BPA annual funding for O&M as part of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Tribes and BPA.  The goal of these projects are to "protect, manage, and restore" habitat values for fish and wildlife. The 1,199-acre Dunstan property was acquired by the Tribes from the The Nature Conservancy in early 2019.  The Dunstan property will also be managed and protected by the Tribes through this BPA Project.  

The John Day Native Plants Nursery Program started in 2004 under the John Day Watershed Restoration Project (1998-018-00; aka 2007-397-00). In 2011, the nursery program was moved under the Forrest Conservation Area Project (2001-041-01) because of county land zoning and the project's ability to generate revenue. This project will fund work to propagate roughly 30,000 plants and out-plant roughly 16,000 plants for the Tribes' BPA-funded projects including the Forrest Conservation Area, the Oxbow Conservation Area, the Dunstan Conservation Area, and the John Day Watershed Restoration Project. The nursery will also assist with growing plants for partners including federal and state agencies where project goals seek to enhance anadromous fish habitat. Plants produced under this contract may be planted at conservation project sites throughout the John Day River Basin that aim to protect, manage, and enhance habitat that support culturally significant fish populations.

This contract is the first year that the Forrest, Oxbow and Dunstan Conservation areas will be consolidated with the John Day Native Plants Nursery Program in order to simplify administration. For future contracts, this consolidated project will be renamed Upper John Day Conservation Lands Program.

The Oxbow and Forrest properties are located within the John Day subbasin plan’s highest priority 5th Field HUC, Camp Creek, for Middle Fork subwatershed.  The properties hold high concentrations of adult spring Chinook salmon through the high temperatures and low flows of the summer months, offers spawning and rearing habitat to Chinook salmon, ESA-listed as Threatened Mid-Columbia summer steelhead and bull trout as well as access to fish-bearing perennial tributaries that come into the properties from National Forest lands. Pacific lamprey also use the habitats on these properties for spawning and rearing.

Before acquisition for conservation purposes, activities on the properties severely impacted habitat potential via overgrazing, dredge mining, invasive plants, channel straightening, and the clearing of trees and shrubs from riparian habitat.  Since acquisition, the Tribes have been working to protect existing habitat, restore degraded habitat, and assess conditions within the property and its valuable fish and wildlife habitat.  This Project will continue to follow the goals, objectives, and guidelines presented in the Oxbow and Forrest property management plan. Biological objectives for these lands target habitat for anadromous fish populations and other ESA-listed and sensitive species found on the property.

This Project will continue to address aquatic priorities outlined in the John Day Subbasin Plan:

•Protect High Quality Existing Habitat – achieved through various property O&M, education and outreach, riparian fencing, controlled access, monitoring trends, etc.
•Enhance Riparian and Instream Habitat – achieved through channel restoration of historically dredged and degraded streams, intensive riparian planting, adding large wood for habitat and stream complexity where needed, and controlling invasive plants in riparian corridors.  
•Fish Passage and Habitat Connectivity – achieved through improving irrigation diversions, and replacing outdated fish screens.
•Flow Restoration - achieved through protection of existing water rights, careful use irrigation for riparian enhancement and groundwater storage, and monitoring of flows surrounding such use.

With the completion of the Oxbow Tailings Restoration Project in 2017, the 2019 focus will continue special maintenance of the mile of restored river and creek channels completed in 2016 (Phase 4&5).  This work will include weed control, continued seeding, and other maintenance and monitoring. Other Project work in 2019 will focus on riparian cages to protect against ungulate browse and beaver activity to woody plants and promote maximum growth for shading streams on all the properties.

The second phase of the Vincent to Caribou (V to C II) project on the Forrest property will be implemented under this contract. V to C II will complete restoration for the lower 2 miles of the Forrest property parcel located on the Middle Fork John Day River. Project designs include the removal of a railroad grade that is limiting the natural process of the Middle Fork John Day, large wood placements, removal of rock barbs, riparian plantings, woody plant protection, and addition of in-stream gravels.

Staff will work with Bureau of Reclamation to produce restoration designs for remaining work on the properties planned through 2023.

This Contract funds two full-time staff and partially funds other staff as needed for the Nursery. This contract will fund operations and maintenance of the nursery program including utilities, supplies, office support, and travel/transportation.

Projected propagation for 2019:
seedlings: 20,000-25,000
rooted cuttings: 5,000

Nursery Program Core Components:
Greenhouse: one 30'x72' structure with gravel floors, polycarbonate siding and ceiling, automated overhead boom irrigation, electricity, and propane heat. Greenhouse propagation capacity is between 20,000 and 30,000 depending on plant container size.

Coldframes: two 20'x48' structures for overwintering plants.

Outdoor Nursery (stoolbeds): 1.79 acres containing roughly 600 native plants. Current irrigation systems are drip and overhead sprinkler run on gas pumps. Anticipated 2019 vegetative-cutting harvest from the nursery stoolbeds is roughly 5,000 depending on project orders.

Outdoor Shade Areas: approximately 2000 square feet of outdoor shaded growing area.

Seed Lab: indoor laboratory space for cleaning, drying, and treating seed.

Walk-in Cooler: 6'x6' cooler for storing and stratifying seed.  
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
04/01/2019
Contract End Date:
03/31/2020
Current Contract Value:
$857,061
Expenditures:
$180,106

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Jul-2019.

BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Number:
187997
Task Number:
1
Contract Type:
Coop
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Type Email Work Phone
Christopher Brun Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Interested Party cbrun@hrecn.net (541) 352-3548
Amy Charette Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Yes Interested Party amy.charette@ctwsbnr.org (541) 575-1866
Jay Chong Bonneville Power Administration Yes Contracting Officer jxchong@bpa.gov (503) 230-4007
Brian Cochran Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Yes Contract Manager brian.cochran@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-2003
Luca De Stefanis Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead ltdestefanis@bpa.gov (503) 230-5263
Brad Houslet Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Supervisor brad.houslet@ctwsbnr.org (541) 553-2039
Dennis Johnson Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs No Interested Party dennis.johnson@wstribes.org (541) 553-3479
David Kaplowe Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver djkaplowe@bpa.gov (503) 230-5365
Joseph Lemanski Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Yes Technical Contact joe.lemanski@ctwsbnr.org (248) 408-4074
Timothy Ludington Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR tsludington@bpa.gov (503) 230-4988
Erik Rook Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Yes Technical Contact erik.rook@ctwsbnr.org (541) 777-2830
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant cproper@bpa.gov (503) 230-3514
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant tasheidler@bpa.gov (503) 230-3820
Elham Zolmajd-Haghighi Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant ezolmajd-haghighi@bpa.gov (503) 230-7414


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Environmental Compliance A: 165. Obtain NEPA Compliance 03/31/2020
Project Management B: 119. [CCR-42636] Additional MS. O&M - Manage and Administer Tribal Projects and BPA Activities 03/31/2020
Draft Plan for Dunstan C: 193. O&M - Write Dunstan Management Plan 03/31/2020
Facilities, Lands Management and Maintenance D: 186. O&M - Maintain Facilities and Structures on Oxbow, Forrest and Dunstan Conservation Areas 03/31/2020
Plant Production and Facilities Annual Report E: 186. O&M - Nursery Management 03/31/2020
Property Patrol F: 26. O&M - Property Patrol 03/31/2020
Information Sign Updating, Access Regulation, Hunting Program G: 188. O&M - Provide Access, Signs, and Adequate Roads 03/31/2020
Project Outreach and Opportunities, Information Distribution H: 99. [CCR-42636] Additional MS. O&M - Public Access and Volunteer Coordination 03/31/2020
Completed Grazing Season I: 92. O&M - Grazing Program Oversight and Management 03/31/2020
Maintain Stooling Beds J: 198. O&M - Maintain Nursery Stoolbed Plantings 03/31/2020
Properties Noxious Weed Control Activities K: 199. O&M - Property Noxious Weed Control Activities 03/31/2020
Cut, thin, and burn juniper stands L: 199. O&M - Cut, thin, and burn juniper stands on Forrest uplands 03/31/2020
Coordination on various activities on and off of the properties with partners, agencies, and organizations. M: 191. O&M - Various Coordination Activities 03/31/2020
Completed Annual Report O: 132. O&M - Submit Progress Report for the Period (April 2018) to (March 2019) 07/26/2019
Photos for 2019 P: 115. O&M - Photopoint Inventory management 03/31/2020
Irrigation use data Q: 115. O&M - Irrigation Monitoring on properties 03/31/2020
Stream Temperature Data Reporting R: 157. O&M - Stream Temperature Monitoring 03/31/2020
Coordination on restoration and planting activities of the John Day Watershed Restoration Program S: 191. RESTORATION: John Day Watershed Restoration Program Coordination 03/31/2020
Establish Riparian Vegetation T: 47. RESTORATION - Plant Seed, cuttings and Containerized Trees 03/31/2020
Finish fence construction U: 40. RESTORATION - Construct browse-proof cages along river 03/31/2020
Write Monitoring Plans for upcoming projects on Forrest V: 174. RESTORATION - Produce Monitoring Plans for Forrest project work 09/01/2019
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets W: 157. RESTORATION - Collect Project-Specific Monitoring Plan Data 03/31/2020
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets X: 157. RESTORATION - Dunstan Preserve Groundwater Monitoring 03/31/2020
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets Y: 157. RESTORATION - Long-Term Fish Distribution and Habitat Usage Surveys 03/31/2020
Report Z: 162. RESTORATION - Analyze Long-Term Fish Distribution and Habitat Usage Data 03/31/2020
Summary Report of Findings AA: 162. RESTORATION - Analyze MFJD - CTWS Properties AQI Data 09/01/2019
Compile Reports from Subcontracted Agencies AB: 115. RESTORATION - Riparian Vegetation and Geomorphology Monitoring 03/31/2020
Coordinate with Reclamation on future restoration designs AC: 175. RESTORATION - Coordinate with Reclamation on future restoration designs 03/31/2020
[CCR-42636] Edited. Complete Vincent to Caribou project AD: 29. [CCR-42636] Edited. RESTORATION - Vincent to Caribou, Phase 2 Project 07/15/2019
Complete Railroad grade removal AE: 33. RESTORATION - Remove Historic Railroad Grade 07/15/2019

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
  • 1 instance of WE 193 Produce Land Management Plan
  • 2 instances of WE 199 Remove Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 198 Maintain Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 26 Investigate Trespass
  • 2 instances of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 33 Decommission Road/Relocate Road
  • 1 instance of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 92 Lease Land
  • 3 instances of WE 115 Produce Inventory or Assessment
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Middle Columbia River DPS (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 193 Produce Land Management Plan
  • 2 instances of WE 199 Remove Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 198 Maintain Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 26 Investigate Trespass
  • 2 instances of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 33 Decommission Road/Relocate Road
  • 1 instance of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 92 Lease Land
  • 3 instances of WE 115 Produce Inventory or Assessment
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Lamprey, Pacific (Entosphenus tridentata)
  • 1 instance of WE 193 Produce Land Management Plan
  • 2 instances of WE 199 Remove Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 198 Maintain Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 26 Investigate Trespass
  • 2 instances of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 33 Decommission Road/Relocate Road
  • 1 instance of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 92 Lease Land
  • 3 instances of WE 115 Produce Inventory or Assessment
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Trout, Bull (S. confluentus) (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 193 Produce Land Management Plan
  • 2 instances of WE 199 Remove Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 198 Maintain Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 26 Investigate Trespass
  • 2 instances of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 33 Decommission Road/Relocate Road
  • 1 instance of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 92 Lease Land
  • 3 instances of WE 115 Produce Inventory or Assessment
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Trout, Interior Redband (O. mykiss gairdnerii)
  • 1 instance of WE 193 Produce Land Management Plan
  • 2 instances of WE 199 Remove Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 26 Investigate Trespass
  • 1 instance of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 33 Decommission Road/Relocate Road
  • 1 instance of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 92 Lease Land
  • 3 instances of WE 115 Produce Inventory or Assessment
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 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 Public Involvement NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Obtain NEPA Compliance 04/01/2019
B 119 [CCR-42636] Additional MS. O&M - Manage and Administer Tribal Projects and BPA Activities 04/01/2019
C 193 O&M - Write Dunstan Management Plan
D 186 O&M - Maintain Facilities and Structures on Oxbow, Forrest and Dunstan Conservation Areas 04/01/2019
E 186 O&M - Nursery Management 07/12/2019
F 26 O&M - Property Patrol 04/01/2019
G 188 O&M - Provide Access, Signs, and Adequate Roads 04/01/2019
H 99 [CCR-42636] Additional MS. O&M - Public Access and Volunteer Coordination 04/01/2019
I 92 O&M - Grazing Program Oversight and Management 04/01/2019
J 198 O&M - Maintain Nursery Stoolbed Plantings 02/26/2019
K 199 O&M - Property Noxious Weed Control Activities
L 199 O&M - Cut, thin, and burn juniper stands on Forrest uplands
M 191 O&M - Various Coordination Activities 04/01/2019
N 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 04/01/2019
O 132 O&M - Submit Progress Report for the Period (April 2018) to (March 2019) 04/01/2019
P 115 O&M - Photopoint Inventory management 02/26/2019
Q 115 O&M - Irrigation Monitoring on properties 02/26/2019
R 157 O&M - Stream Temperature Monitoring 02/26/2019
S 191 RESTORATION: John Day Watershed Restoration Program Coordination 04/01/2019
T 47 RESTORATION - Plant Seed, cuttings and Containerized Trees 02/26/2019
U 40 RESTORATION - Construct browse-proof cages along river 02/26/2019
V 174 RESTORATION - Produce Monitoring Plans for Forrest project work 02/26/2019
W 157 RESTORATION - Collect Project-Specific Monitoring Plan Data 02/26/2019
X 157 RESTORATION - Dunstan Preserve Groundwater Monitoring 02/26/2019
Y 157 RESTORATION - Long-Term Fish Distribution and Habitat Usage Surveys
Z 162 RESTORATION - Analyze Long-Term Fish Distribution and Habitat Usage Data 04/01/2019
AA 162 RESTORATION - Analyze MFJD - CTWS Properties AQI Data 04/01/2019
AB 115 RESTORATION - Riparian Vegetation and Geomorphology Monitoring 02/26/2019
AC 175 RESTORATION - Coordinate with Reclamation on future restoration designs 07/12/2019
AD 29 [CCR-42636] Edited. RESTORATION - Vincent to Caribou, Phase 2 Project 06/18/2019
AE 33 RESTORATION - Remove Historic Railroad Grade 06/26/2019