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Project Summary

Project 2002-045-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fish Habitat Acq
Project Number:
Coeur D'Alene Fish Habitat Acq
This project aims to protect westslope cutthroat trout habitats by acquiring land management rights through purchase of easements, long term leases and possibly fee title. Priority areas have been previously defined by a Prioritization Plan (2003).
Proponent Orgs:
Coeur D'Alene Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Coeur D'Alene 100.00%
Focal Species:
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Pending Budget Decision?  No

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The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Closed, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
27721 SOW Coeur D'Alene Tribe PI 200204500 EXP COEUR D'ALENE FISH HABITAT ACQ History $0 5/1/2006 - 4/30/2007

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):1
On time:1
Status Reports
On time:0
Avg Days Late:18

                Count of Contract Deliverables
Earliest Contract Subsequent Contracts Title Contractor Earliest Start Latest End Latest Status Accepted Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
27721 PI 200204500 EXP COEUR D'ALENE FISH HABITAT ACQ Coeur D'Alene Tribe 05/01/2006 04/30/2007 History 5 3 0 0 3 6 50.00% 0
Project Totals 5 3 0 0 3 6 50.00% 0

The table content is updated frequently and thus contains more recent information than what was in the original proposal reviewed by ISRP and Council.

Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2002-045-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2002-045-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fish Habitat Acq
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-045-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2002-045-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fish Habitat Acq
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The proposal was vague and confusing, and the response, although clearly written, makes it evident that the proposal was premature. The process of prioritizing potentials parcels of land needs to be revised and completed before the process advances.

The proposal did not make very clear that the funded land-acquisition project was largely based on property priorities developed in a 2002 Habitat Protection Plan. That planning was laudable and likely had a strong influence on the successful funding at that time. As described in the sponsors' response to the ISRP's 2007-2009 proposal comments, that plan developed a systematic (numerical) scoring system for the habitat value of each potentially obtainable property (primarily for cutthroat trout), including consideration of lack of data.

The principal activity of the project since funding was provided appears to have been re-evaluation of potentially available properties based on new data (apparently obtained in conjunction with other funded projects). This is appropriate. Neither the proposal nor the response, however, indicates that action has been taken to acquire any properties. A major result of the continuing evaluations, as the response makes clear, has been recognition that the original prioritization was inadequate and that both the priority listing and the system used for setting priorities need to be changed. The work of redoing the prioritization appears to be a task for the proposed contract period. In spite of apparent good initial planning, the project has developed into a continual planning exercise rather than a project that has accomplished its stated mission to acquire properties and manage them for habitat protection and enhancement.

The vagueness of habitat management plans remains a concern to the ISRP. Because the 2002 prioritization used specific degradation metrics, it would seem logical that the proposal would have indicated how these habitat problems would be addressed during 2007-2009 for properties acquired. This could have been done generically without identifying the specific properties. For example, stream temperature was listed in the response as a factor in the ranking process. The proposal (or response) could have proposed specific measures to improve streamside vegetation and shading, such as riparian plantings or cattle exclusion (assuming the prioritization analysis identified riparian problems). The reviewers could have seen whether the approaches were sound. Simply discussing each habitat degradation category in a few sentences would have shown that this aspect of the work had been given some detailed thought.

The proposal is really premature, a result of inadequate progress with the current funding. Although it will be awkward for the 2007-2009 funding cycle, the revised prioritization should be completed before this project is re-funded. Then the project funds could be used for actual property acquisition and habitat management.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2002-045-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2002-045-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Fish habitat mitigation lands acquisition (fee, easements, leases); assume in mitigation for FCRPS; no other entity authorized/required to purchase.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-045-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2002-045-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Virgil Watts III Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Angelo Vitale Coeur D'Alene Tribe