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Project Summary

Project 2007-057-00 - Potlatch River Basin Conservation Easement
Project Number:
2007-057-00
Title:
Potlatch River Basin Conservation Easement
Summary:
This proposal is for the sale of a conservation easement covering riparian areas in the Potlatch River basin owned by Potlatch Corporation.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Potlatch Corporation (Private)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Clearwater 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
None
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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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: 2007-057-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-057-00 - Potlatch River Basin Conservation Easement
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-057-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-057-00 - Potlatch River Basin Conservation Easement
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:
This proposal is for the sale of a conservation easement covering riparian areas in the Potlatch River basin owned by Potlatch Corporation, to protect against development. There are policy concerns here that the ISRP cannot address. The one-page proposal does not provide adequate detail for the ISRP to make a recommendation in its present form. Details are lacking on the linkage of this project to the Clearwater Subbasin Plan or other regional planning documents that would identify this action as a priority item. Similarly absent, are discussion or alternative approaches to achieve conservation buffer / riparian zone protection on the Potlatch lands.

The idea seems admirable. The proposal's map is helpful. It shows the widespread, largely headwaters distribution of the riparian corridors involved. Some aspects of the proposal need elaboration.

Objectives include protection of 100ft on either side from development. This protection is not as robust as it could be (200ft on either side is usually recommended). One of the action-objectives is to keep the designated acreage "in forest land use in perpetuity." Exactly what constitutes "forest land use," and how will that use affect fish and wildlife? Will large woody debris-producing trees in the riparian zone be harvested? The proposal goes on to say in next sentence that "[i]n addition, Potlatch will implement best management practices in these areas that exceed the requirements of the Idaho Forest Practices Rules." What are those best management practices?
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-057-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-057-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Conservation easement acquisition for anadromous fish, mitigating for industrial timber company; timber company authorized/required (note too, no crediting for capital anadromous fish habitat acquisitions).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-057-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-057-00
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