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Project Summary

Project 1996-094-01 - Scotch Creek Wildlife Mitigation
Project Number:
1996-094-01
Title:
Scotch Creek Wildlife Mitigation
Summary:
The Scotch Creek Wildlife Area is a complex of 6 separate management units located in Okanogan county in North Central Washington State. The project is located within the Columbia Cascade Province (Okanogan sub-basin) and partially addresses adverse impacts caused by the construction of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee hydroelectric dams. The total size of the wildlife area is 19,860 acres. The Scotch Creek Wildlife Area was approved as a wildlife mitigation project in 1996 and habitat enhancement efforts to meet mitigation objectives have been underway since the spring of 1997 on Scotch Creek. Recent population estimates of Sharp-tailed grouse on the Scotch Creek unit show a halt to the decline observed since 1960, and have increased every year since 2000. Habitat enhancements and genetic supplementation through augmentation appear to be having a positive effect.

Maintenance of BPA funded enhancements are necessary to protect and enhance shrub-steppe and to recover and sustain populations of Sharp-tailed grouse and other obligate species. This contract will maintain shrub and tree plantings to ensure continued growth and survival, and the benefit of winter STG habitat. We will restore natural stream function to Scotch Creek by re-constructing a meandering channel where previous flooding, due to Reed Canary grass invasion has killed riparian vegetation along a .5 mile stretch of the creek. This is a critical habitat area for wintering Sharp-tailed grouse. Future Riparian plantings along this channel will restore habitat units. Boundary fence repair will be performed to prevent trespass livestock on all wildlife area units. Weed control on all acres of the wildlife area will be performed to restore quality habitat as well as protection from new invaders and maintain existing HU's. Maintenance of signs, physical improvements, roads and parking areas will protect habitat by directing and informing the public. Funding of administrative duties will keep project staff informed of new procedures and developments, BPA and DFW personnel informed of on-going projects, keep planning and project reporting on track, and insure smooth operations between all interested parties.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
1997
Ending FY:
2017
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Okanogan 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Trout, Brook
Trout, Rainbow
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 100.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Document ID: P118637

Document: Scotch Creek Wildlife Area

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Document ID: P124275

Document: Scotch Creek Wildlife Area; 12/10 - 11/11

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Project: 1996-094-01

Contract: 50929

Scotch Creek Wildlife Area

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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) $399,933 $399,933 $399,933 $621,537 $421,681

General $399,933 $399,933 $621,537 $421,681
FY2017 (Current) $399,933 $399,933 $399,933 $399,933 $203,208

General $399,933 $399,933 $399,933 $203,208
FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

General $0 $0 $0 $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 $399,933 From: General FY16 Initial Planning Budgets - Expense 05/22/2015
FY2017 Expense $399,933 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2016 0 %
FY2015 7 %
FY2014 37 %
FY2013 30 %
FY2012 2 %
FY2011 41 %
FY2010 27 %
FY2009 25 %
FY2008 4 %
FY2007 4 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2015 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation $35,000
FY2015 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) $10,000

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
4292 SOW Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 1996-094-01 SCOTCH CREEK WILDLIFE AREA History $509,956 4/2/2001 - 1/31/2003
72952 SOW Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 1996-094-01 EXP SCOTCH CREEK WILDLIFE AREA: O&M (ENHANCEMENTS) Issued $399,933 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):11
Completed:7
On time:6
Status Reports
Completed:46
On time:20
Avg Days Late:8

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
4292 17574, 20037, 25422, 29302, 34926, 39276, 45139, 50929, 55402, 59275, 63648, 67596, 72952, 74314 REL 8 1996-094-01 SCOTCH CREEK WILDLIFE AREA Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 04/2001 04/2001 Signature 45 152 13 0 15 180 91.67% 10
Project Totals 45 152 13 0 15 180 91.67% 10


Review: Wildlife Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1996-094-01-ISRP-20090618
Project: 1996-094-01 - Scotch Creek Wildlife Mitigation
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Completed Date: 5/19/2009
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This project supports the recovery of sharp-tailed grouse and mule deer and complements sharp-tail projects at several other locations in the region. The goals and objectives described in the Scotch Creek mitigation project support both the WDFW management strategies and goals for sharp-tailed grouse and the Okanogan Subbasin Plan goals and objectives. Much progress has been made at Scotch Creek on weed control and seeding with about 3200 acres converted back to native shrub-steppe habitat.

This project is linked and coordinated with a number of other similar projects including sharp-tailed grouse and shrub-steppe recovery efforts at Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area, Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area and on the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) Reservation. This project has collaborated with the CCT in many ways to develop strategies to establish and maintain meta- populations within the Okanogan (Columbia Cascade Province), Crab Creek (Columbia Plateau Province), and Lake Roosevelt (Mountain Columbia Province) subbasins.

The inter-project cooperation and collaboration is commendable. The ISRP asks that because all of the sharp-tailed grouse populations on the various Wildlife Areas are not responding in a similar manner (some increasing, some decreasing), in the future can the habitat data being collected (apparently using the same protocols with Schroeder as the coordinator) be used effectively to better understand observed sharp-tailed grouse population responses to habitat conditions at each Wildlife Area? Perhaps the issues are more complicated than general habitat condition, e.g., wintering habitat issues at some areas vs. nesting conditions at others?

Basically, the ISRP is asking if the other Wildlife Areas are benefiting, or can benefit more, from the knowledge gained at Scotch Creek. It was noted that future data analyses will compare treatment sites with reference sites (hopefully among the Wildlife Areas and not just at local sites on a Management Area). Some Scotch Creek habitat data were presented (1996 vs. 2006) from HEP sites, but there appears to be a desire to collect additional habitat information. The ISRP believes that results from this and other similar projects have great potential to result in adaptive management at a regional scale.
First Round ISRP Date: 3/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
First Round ISRP Comment:
This project supports the recovery of sharp-tailed grouse and mule deer and complements sharp-tail projects at several other locations in the region. The goals and objectives described in the Scotch Creek mitigation project support both the WDFW management strategies and goals for sharp-tailed grouse and the Okanogan Subbasin Plan goals and objectives. Much progress has been made at Scotch Creek on weed control and seeding with about 3200 acres converted back to native shrub-steppe habitat.

This project is linked and coordinated with a number of other similar projects including sharp-tailed grouse and shrub-steppe recovery efforts at Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area, Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area and on the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) Reservation. This project has collaborated with the CCT in many ways to develop strategies to establish and maintain meta- populations within the Okanogan (Columbia Cascade Province), Crab Creek (Columbia Plateau Province), and Lake Roosevelt (Mountain Columbia Province) subbasins.

The inter-project cooperation and collaboration is commendable. The ISRP asks that because all of the sharp-tailed grouse populations on the various Wildlife Areas are not responding in a similar manner (some increasing, some decreasing), in the future can the habitat data being collected (apparently using the same protocols with Schroeder as the coordinator) be used effectively to better understand observed sharp-tailed grouse population responses to habitat conditions at each Wildlife Area? Perhaps the issues are more complicated than general habitat condition, e.g., wintering habitat issues at some areas vs. nesting conditions at others?

Basically, the ISRP is asking if the other Wildlife Areas are benefitting, or can benefit more, from the knowledge gained at Scotch Creek. It was noted that future data analyses will compare treatment sites with reference sites (hopefully among the Wildlife Areas and not just at local sites on a Management Area). Some Scotch Creek habitat data were presented (1996 vs. 2006) from HEP sites, but there appears to be a desire to collect additional habitat information. The ISRP believes that results from this and other similar projects have great potential to result in adaptive management at a regional scale.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1996-094-01-NPCC-20091217
Project: 1996-094-01 - Scotch Creek Wildlife Mitigation
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 5/31/2009
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Programmatic issue #2-3 and # 9
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: Equipment/facilities purchase and replacement
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1996-094-01-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1996-094-01
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Multiple land & recreation management (parking etc) activities on state-owned & managed habitat; not clear if this is BPA-funded acquired lands for wildlife mitigation or combination. Need to separate BPA-funded from state-acquired, and also clarify which activities are appropriate for BPA fish/wildlife mitigation funding and which are responsibility of the state as landowner. Upon review, concerns that sponsor not funding consistent with the MOA resulting in BPA funding of activities in lieu of the state. Will require cost-share or other resolution. Rating retained as "3."

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1996-094-01-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1996-094-01
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1996-094-01-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1996-094-01 - Scotch Creek Wildlife Mitigation
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This project began in 1991 with major land purchases (now 16,500 acres). Much habitat work has been completed including collecting native plant seeds and commercially growing them to develop a large quantity of locally adapted seed stock for reseeding.

This project has meaningful goals with appropriate monitoring data collected to evaluate the sharp-tailed grouse population change over time. With much management activity on a relatively large study area, the ISRP was pleased to see grouse population increases in recent years. Additionally, the ISRP was impressed with the inclusion of the grouse data in the proposal.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1996-094-01-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1996-094-01 - Scotch Creek Wildlife Mitigation
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Jim Olson Project Lead Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
June Skye Interested Party Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Andre L'Heureux Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Lisa Renan Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Ellen Wilt Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Brenda Aguirre Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration