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Project 1992-061-06 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Project Number:
1992-061-06
Title:
Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Summary:
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game formed the Albeni Falls Interagency Work Group in 1985 for the purpose of determining wildlife impacts associated with the construction of the Albeni Falls hydroelectric project. Work Group members include the IDFG, the Kalispel Tribe, the Coeur D'Alene Tribe, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Once the loss assessments were completed, the group worked collectively to protect, enhance and mitigate wildlife impacts in the Coeur d' Alene and Pend Oreille Subbasins. This contract provides for the enhancement, operations and maintenance, construction and implementation on mitigation properties managed by the Coeur d' Alene Tribe. In addition, this contract provides the funding for the Tribe to conduct planning and design activities for the potential acquisition of mitigation properties. Currently the Tribe owns and manages approximately 3,300 acres under the Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project.

Continuing activities encompass long-term operation and maintenance with targeted enhancement activities.. Stream restoration and flood plain enhancement is being conducted on the Benewah Creek mitigation acquisition as part of the Fisheries Program's enhancement project as well as wetland enhancement / creation on the Goose Haven lake mitigation acquisition.

The properties acquired to date by the Coeur d' Alene Tribe fall into two general categories. Those that are conservation type with limited enhancements necessary and those that have high potential habitat value but require active enhancement activities to realize their potential. In 2008, the objective is to re-establish functional hydrology and expand the wetland component to Goose Haven Lake was implemented successfully. Fiscal year 2009 will entail primarily operation and maintenance activities with the addition of another 605 acres of upland habitat.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Coeur D'Alene Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
1993
Ending FY:
2017
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Pend Oreille 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 100.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

Cover photo

Figure Name: Cover

Document ID: P123088

Document: Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Noxious Weed Control

Project: 1992-061-06

Contract: 49932

Aerial photo of Elkhorn Flats WMU overlaid with spray locations.

Figure Name: Appendix A, Figure 1

Document ID: P123088

Document: Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Noxious Weed Control

Page Number: 5

Project: 1992-061-06

Contract: 49932

Aerial photo of Hepton Lake WMU overlaid with spray locations.

Figure Name: Appendix A, Figure 2

Document ID: P123088

Document: Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Noxious Weed Control

Page Number: 6

Project: 1992-061-06

Contract: 49932

Aerial photo of St. Joe River WMU overlaid with spray locations.

Figure Name: Appendix A, Figure 3

Document ID: P123088

Document: Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Noxious Weed Control

Page Number: 7

Project: 1992-061-06

Contract: 49932

Aerial photo of Windy Bay WMU overlaid with spray locations.

Figure Name: Appendix A, Figure 4

Document ID: P123088

Document: Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Noxious Weed Control

Page Number: 8

Project: 1992-061-06

Contract: 49932

Aerial photo of Cougar Creek WMU overlaid with spray locations.

Figure Name: Appendix A, Figure 5

Document ID: P123088

Document: Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Noxious Weed Control

Page Number: 9

Project: 1992-061-06

Contract: 49932

Aerial photo of Goose Haven WMU overlaid with spray locations.

Figure Name: Appendix A, Figure 6

Document ID: P123088

Document: Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Noxious Weed Control

Page Number: 10

Project: 1992-061-06

Contract: 49932


Summary of Budgets

To view all expenditures for all fiscal years, click "Project Exp. by FY"

Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $450,364 $450,364 $382,560 $382,560 $431,091

General $450,364 $382,560 $382,560 $431,091
FY2017 (Current) $450,364 $450,364 $450,364 $450,364 $175,355

General $450,364 $450,364 $450,364 $175,355
FY2018 (Next) $0 $900,728 $900,728 $0

General $0 $900,728 $900,728 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Apr-2017

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2016 - FY2018)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2016 Expense $450,364 From: General FY16 Initial Planning Budgets - Expense 05/22/2015
FY2017 Expense $450,364 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2016 2 %
FY2015 4 %
FY2014 4 %
FY2013 3 %
FY2012 2 %
FY2011 2 %
FY2010 1 %
FY2009 1 %
FY2008 0 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2015 (Unspecified Org) $15,000
FY2015 Idaho State Department of Agriculture $3,500
FY2016 (Unspecified Org) $8,000
FY2016 Idaho State Department of Agriculture $1,000

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-007257 Bonneville Power Administration Albeni Falls Land Acquisition Active $0 10/1/2000 - 9/30/2001
74152 SOW Coeur D'Alene Tribe 1992-061-06 EXP ALBENI FALLS WLDLF MITIGATION/COUER D'ALENE Issued $450,364 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):9
Completed:7
On time:7
Status Reports
Completed:38
On time:25
Avg Days Early:3

Earliest Subsequent           Accepted Count of Contract Deliverables
Contract Contract(s) Title Contractor Start End Status Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
BPA-007257 Albeni Falls Land Acquisition Bonneville Power Administration 10/2000 10/2000 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Review: Wildlife Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-061-06-ISRP-20090618
Project: 1992-061-06 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Completed Date: 5/19/2009
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Qualifications: 1) Develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan using current references, then implement and monitor that plan's effectiveness. This should be part of the contract, and the ISRP will examine the results in the next review process. 2.) M&E – Project-wide effectiveness monitoring should begin this year to be able to provide the results of previous O&M activities in the next review cycle.

Please keep in mind that the intent of the review is to be helpful by identifying ways in which the program can be strengthened scientifically. This project was split off from an earlier Albeni Falls Interagency Work Group project which has been monitoring since 2001. Reports were cited in the response with the address of a site to search for the cited document, but not the actual links. Next time direct links to these should be provided. The only annual report located was 2002 in which the Tribe noted monitoring was not funded, although other project participants at that time did report monitoring results or plans. This report also describes additional monitoring in the coming year (2003). No other annual reports were located, nor any management plans authored by the Tribe or Work Group. From this further research by reviewers it does appear that, to date, there has been no monitoring by the Tribe on wildlife lands, and thus there is no issue as to the fate of previously collected data. Implementation of the Unnasch et al. monitoring plan should begin this year such that analyzed results will be available for the next review.

Technically, pest and pesticide refer inclusively to insects and weeds. Integrated Pest Management is a well known weed management strategy, and although monitoring is part of the process, it is not itself a monitoring procedure. The sponsors should develop an integrated weed management plan using current references. The plan should include effectiveness monitoring. The most recent weed management reference cited is 1988. If more recent guidelines are being used, these should be cited.

This might be useful: http://weeds.ippc.orst.edu/pnw/weeds?01W_INTR01.dat.

The proposal and response give no indication of strategies to prevent establishment of new weeds, surveillance, mapping, tracking results, or progress in eliminating existing weeds and preventing new infestations from neighboring lands. Mechanical treatment, use of competing species, bio-controls, and targeted grazing may all be components of an integrated pest management strategy. Spraying weeds is only one component that will hopefully diminish over time. Participation in a CWMA is useful if activities are coordinated across ownerships such that management is implemented on a landscape scale.

Regarding relationships to other projects, why not name other Albeni Falls Interagency Work Group partners when funds are requested to coordinate with these groups? CWMA partners would also be appropriate in this section.
First Round ISRP Date: 3/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
Response is needed on what are the sponsors going to do with their old monitoring data as they transition to UWMEP plan? Also, the sponsors should provide more information on results and adaptive management implications of monitoring to date.

1. Technical justification, program significance and consistency, and project relationships:
Much of this is boilerplate also used by other Albeni Falls projects. See comments on 199206105. The only notable difference is that these sponsors did not develop project relationships very substantially.

2. Project History and Results
The history is useful. However, results are reported as actions (e.g., planted trees), rather than biological outcomes. For the earlier acquisitions, enhancement HUs are reported. Biological outcomes from effectiveness monitoring would be useful for evaluating project success on earliest acquisitions. The history section also includes some future plans, which are covered in more detail elsewhere and budget justifications that might be better in an appendix.

3. Objectives, work elements, and methods
This section is well organized and detailed, basically same as 199206105, except that acreages are changed. Weed control methods are outdated and should be put into an IPM (integrated pest management) context and coordinated with county and neighbors. One detail unique to this proposal merits comment: some of the likely noxious species would be more effectively controlled with fall rather than spring spraying if spraying is necessary.

4. M&E
Future monitoring is delegated to the UWMEP project and details provided are consistent with those in 199206105. However, there is little mention of any previous monitoring, for example in project history section. The only reference to any previous monitoring was a statement that tree survival was below the 80% standard. Are there other monitoring results and if yes, they should be included in response.

Not a scientific issue, but this project seems heavily staffed compared to similar projects. That may be reasonable, but the justification is not apparent, even with budget justifications included in history section.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-061-06-NPCC-20091217
Project: 1992-061-06 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 5/31/2009
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Programmatic issues #2-3, # 7, #10. Sponsors to address ISRP qualifications on Integrated Pest Management as part of contracting. See ISRP receommendations.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) - interaction between wildlife crediting and monitoring
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) participation funding
Council Condition #3 Programmatic Issue: Management Plans - Multiple uses of wildlife conservation lands
Council Condition #4 Programmatic Issue: Regional Coordination funding
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-061-06-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1992-061-06
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Virgil Watts III Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Anders Mikkelsen Project Lead Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Rosemary Mazaika Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Lord Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Snyder Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Justin Moffett Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration