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Project Summary

Project 2000-016-00 - Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions
Project Number:
2000-016-00
Title:
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions
Summary:
Long-term goals of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions Project (Project) consist of acquiring, restoring, and managing lands within an established refuge boundary for the protection, mitigation, and enhancement of habitats that were affected by development of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). Project actions are intended to benefit wildlife, aquatic species, including resident and anadromous fish, and threatened and endangered species within the Tualatin River basin.

Established as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1992, proposed and existing tracts of land within the approved boundary of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) consist of historical and extant seasonal emergent and forested wetlands, Oregon ash-dominated riparian forest, mixed coniferous/deciduous forest, and Garry oak (Oregon white oak) dominated savanna communities. Remnant plant community types found within the Refuge are classified as imperiled habitats in the Willamette Valley and provide habitat diversity that support continental wintering populations of high priority waterfowl species, breeding neotropical migratory birds, resident and anadromous fish, as well as resident mammals, amphibians, and reptiles associated with FCRPS habitat losses.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) (Govt - Federal)
Starting FY:
2001
Ending FY:
2018
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Willamette 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Chinook - Upper Willamette River ESU (threatened)
Coho - Unspecified Population
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - Upper Willamette River ESU
Lamprey, Pacific
Other Anadromous
Steelhead - Upper Willamette River DPS (threatened)
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 100.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

Oleson tracts I & II. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Figure Name: Figure 1

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 3

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Henriksen parcel. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Figure Name: Figure 2

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 4

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Henriksen prior to phase II planting.

Figure Name: Figure 3

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 6

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Henriksen after planting.

Figure Name: Figure 4

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 6

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking northeast before removal.

Figure Name: Figure 5

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 6

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking northeast after removal.

Figure Name: Figure 6

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 6

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking northwest before removal.

Figure Name: Figure 7

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 7

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking northwest after removal.

Figure Name: Figure 8

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 7

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking south before removal.

Figure Name: Figure 9

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 7

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking north after removal.

Figure Name: Figure 10

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 7

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking north during removal.

Figure Name: Figure 11

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 7

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Looking southwest after removal.

Figure Name: Figure 12

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 7

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Monitoring wetland vegetation.

Figure Name: Figure 13

Document ID: P119620

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; October 2009 - September 2010

Page Number: 8

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 44307

Oleson tracts I & II. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Figure Name: Figure 1

Document ID: P126045

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; 10/10 - 9/11

Page Number: 3

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 54747

Henriksen parcel. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Figure Name: Figure 2

Document ID: P126045

Document: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions; 10/10 - 9/11

Page Number: 4

Project: 2000-016-00

Contract: 54747


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 *
FY2017 (Previous) $103,283 $103,283 $103,283 $103,283 $103,283

General $103,283 $103,283 $103,283 $103,283
FY2018 (Current) $103,283 $103,283 $103,283 $103,283 $14,749

General $103,283 $103,283 $103,283 $14,749
FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

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

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2017 - FY2019)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2017 Expense $103,283 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016
FY2018 Expense $103,283 From: General FY18 SOY Budgets 07/17/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2017 0 %
FY2016 0 %
FY2015 0 %
FY2014 24 %
FY2013 5 %
FY2012 8 %
FY2011 17 %
FY2010 1 %
FY2009 6 %
FY2008 18 %
FY2007 24 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-005362 Bonneville Power Administration Wapato Unit purchases Active $1,005,967 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-004907 Bonneville Power Administration Wapato Unit Active $18,003 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
73610 SOW US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 2000-016-00 EXP TUALATIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Issued $103,283 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
77230 SOW US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 2000-016-00 EXP TUALATIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (TNWR) Issued $103,283 10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):13
Completed:13
On time:13
Status Reports
Completed:49
On time:31
Avg Days Late:4

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
4668 26715, 29588, 34974, 40514, 44307, 50503, 54747, 59313, 63149, 66479, 70219, 73610, 77230 2000-016-00 TUALATIN RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ADDITIONS US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 04/2001 04/2001 Issued 49 99 0 0 1 100 99.00% 0
BPA-005362 Wapato Unit purchases Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-004907 Wapato Unit Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 49 99 0 0 1 100 99.00% 0


Review: Wildlife Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2000-016-00-ISRP-20090618
Project: 2000-016-00 - Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions
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:
The sponsors document an impressive increase in post-restoration waterfowl counts and shorebird records at the Oleson wetlands. The vegetation survey plots seem adequate to the monitoring program. They have learned from the relatively poor survival of the first year plantings (don't plant too late in the growing season) and have incorporated these lessons into subsequent efforts. The response shows that the Tualatin NWR staff is continuing to improve their monitoring program and is practicing adaptive management.

The summary responses indicate past management successes and failures. The sponsors appear committed to continuous improvement of management techniques. The use of stratified (systematic random vegetation transects, bird point count surveys in open and forested habitat, and winter waterfowl counts, and marsh bird surveys) provide data to support project evaluation. Reporting percent survival of planted species is noteworthy and applauded.

Data summaries such as are presented are useful and increase confidence in the project. The sponsors are encouraged in the future to determine if sustained changes are statistically significant. This would be an excellent location to add amphibian studies and this might be considered in the CCP process. Nearby colleges could be a helpful resource for monitoring, and questions of scale, urbanization and climate change could all be addressed, thus contributing to knowledge of these vulnerable species.
First Round ISRP Date: 3/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
The ISRP requests a response: a summary of the monitoring results to date, to provide evidence that management activities are achieving desired habitat objectives, and that results are being used to adjust activities as needed. It would be useful to see tables, graphs, or evidence of statistical analysis. A map showing the location of the key acquisitions and restoration sites would be helpful.

The proposal described a worthwhile project that could benefit a variety of fish and wildlife near the Portland-Vancouver area by acquiring and continuing to restore the area in and adjacent to the former Wapato Lake.

1. Technical Justification, Program Significance and Consistency, and Project Relationships
The project was adequately justified and related to other restoration programs in the area. Because the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge is in close proximity to a very large metropolitan area it is likely to be highly visible and of interest to policy makers looking for success stories of wildlife habitat restoration. The proposal did a good job of summarizing the goals and objectives in a concise manner. It could have more effectively pointed out how this project would help connect the local network of wildlife habitat acquisitions in the vicinity of Wapato Lake, but otherwise the justification and significance was clearly presented.

2. Project History and Results
Annual summaries of project accomplishments were given. In most cases the proposal clearly stated the implementation accomplishments; however, it could have been more complete in describing the results of ongoing wildlife surveys. For example, what was the evidence that restoration actions such as native vegetation plantings or bird nesting boxes were achieving desired results? Have any quantitative targets for focal species abundance been established?

Some monitoring has occurred. The proposal states "Point count surveys in 2006 revealed 33 species of birds using this area...; During vegetation surveys of the scrub shrub wetland dozens of songbird nests were noted on the sapling trees and shrubs planted here the previous year...; Weekly waterfowl counts revealed an annual average of 12,591 ducks and 4866 geese used the area following restoration of the seasonal wetland compared with 1731 ducks and 1103 geese prior to restoration." It would be useful to see tables, graphs, or evidence of statistical analysis in the proposal itself. Links to annual reports were included; however, the reports themselves lacked some detail.

3. Objectives, Work Elements, and Methods
The proposal provided a good description of the restoration methods being used on the Tualatin NWR. It also explained why there was a very large acquisition budget (the owner of several parcels would only sell them in their entirety). It would have been helpful to describe the non-native vegetation threats to the restoration of a native plant assemblage; for example, were they seeing an increase in the incidence of Asian knotweed? Otherwise, the procedures were adequately described.

4. M&E
The use of monitoring data in modifying management activities was a little unclear, although this was implied in the work elements. Descriptions of some procedures are quite detailed, and it would be useful to know how the outcomes will be used in future management plans. For example, if the grasses that are being mowed include reed canarygrass, mowing may be shown to actually enhance the spread and persistence of the species.

It is noted that monitoring is largely supported by the NWR; however, these results may indicate success of BPA funded activities and thus be useful here. The project sponsors state that "surveys have been developed to provide quantitative data for evaluation and adaptive management," but not many details were provided. As noted earlier, there were hints of monitoring results, but summaries of findings were lacking. The description of monitoring methods included reference to standard methodologies, but there were no citations for clarification.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2000-016-00-NPCC-20091217
Project: 2000-016-00 - Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 5/31/2009
Recommendation: Fund
Comments:
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2000-016-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2000-016-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: O&M on BPA-funded wildlife mitigation site; assume requested funds consistent with terms of MOA.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2000-016-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2000-016-00
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: 2000-016-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2000-016-00 - Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions
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:
The expected outcome of this ongoing project would be the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat on the site, while also maintaining and increasing associated habitat values for target and other wildlife species. The 179.5 Habitat Units (HUs) generated by the 2001 HEP would be protected and maintained, while an additional estimated 230+ HUs would also be provided through enhancement activities. Note that the ISRP does not recommend HEP as a vegetation-monitoring tool.

The proposed project will continue habitat restoration features that should benefit wildlife species as well as listed anadromous and resident fish species. Project activities would include restoration of oak savanna, riparian forest, scrub/shrub wetland, wet meadow prairie, ash woodland, and the enhancement of emergent wetland and mixed coniferous/deciduous forest habitat types.

A concise, yet detailed, response generated confidence in the sponsor's understanding of and commitment to monitoring. Provisions for monitoring and evaluation are adequately described in the response. The project history is briefly summarized in the proposal with more information concerning project effectiveness provided in the response.

The response also addresses a question concerning the downstream highly urbanized conditions that are likely to limit the benefit of this project. More information on how this project contributes to efforts associated with related projects is provided in the response.

Reporting of results is adequate. In the future sponsors are encouraged to describe the adaptive management implications of their results.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2000-016-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2000-016-00 - Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Additions
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
Donna Allard (Inactive) Technical Contact US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Hannah Dondy-Kaplan Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Ashley (Inactive) Interested Party Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
John Skidmore Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Israel Duran Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Siena Lopez-Johnston Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Jason Karnezis Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Curt Mykut Project Lead US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)