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Project Summary

Project 2007-171-00 - Malheur River Subbasin Habitat
Project Number:
Malheur River Subbasin Habitat
This project proposes to acquire approximately 8,463 acres of the Lamb Ranch located 39 miles East of Burns, Oregon.
Proponent Orgs:
Burns-Paiute Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Middle Snake Malheur 100.00%
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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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: 2007-171-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-171-00 - Malheur River Subbasin Habitat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Bonneville preliminary designation of "in lieu". See issue memo. ISRP not fundable - see issue memo. Capital: No fish crediting mechanism available - BPA will not capitalize acquisition for fish. Expense: Budget address pre-acquisition activities.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-171-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-171-00 - Malheur River Subbasin Habitat
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:
Even after a response, this proposal does not justify land acquisition in terms of benefits to fish and wildlife. The problem is defined as mitigation and acquiring this property is aimed at providing harvestable fish and wildlife until native salmonid runs are restored in the undetermined future. A put-and-take fishery is contemplated for subsistence/cultural foods.

The original review noted: General tasks are identified and put into sequence, but actual methods are not described or cited. Some goals mentioned earlier are not included in the objectives, such as increasing instream flow or improving grazing management. Perhaps this is not appropriate until baseline data and a management plan are in place, but it would be useful to outline the type of approach envisioned. Developing a monitoring plan is included, but not what will be monitored: habitat conditions, harvest, or compliance. Lack of results presented or reference to techniques from previous monitoring is worrisome.

Including the response, much of the preliminary data that the ISRP would expect to see that justifies a large proposal is absent from this proposal. Methods appear to be primarily of the "we'll consult with local and other experts" variety rather than having specific detailed methods already identified. Examples include plans to test the water chemistry of the reservoir to see if it is suitable for the planned rainbow / redband (?) trout fishery that is one of the project's objectives and the speculation that the reservoir COULD be drained to run of the river for two years in order to control non-native species. These approaches are unacceptably speculative to support purchasing the property. The objectives for riparian improvement may be more achievable, although details are again missing.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-171-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-171-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Habitat to address fish/wildlife losses, but not related to FCRPS dam (Warm Springs dam), grazing; another entity authorized/required to address (eg non FCRPS, livestock owners, range managers).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-171-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-171-00
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