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Project Summary

Project 2007-260-00 - Upland Prairie/Oak Habitat Protection
Project Number:
2007-260-00
Title:
Upland Prairie/Oak Habitat Protection
Summary:
The Nature Conservancy proposes to purchase a conservation easement 1244 acres of upland prairie, oak woodland and conifer habitat in the Willamette Subbasin as partial mitigation for the substantial remaining wildlife mitigation requirements in the Willamette Subbasin.

The property is located within the Coburg Ridge Area, one of 19 priority Conservation Areas identified in the Willamette FY07-09 Guidance for upland prairie and savanna, and oak woodland protection. The conservation importance of Coburg Ridge has been recognized for over a decade through identification of the site in the Oregon Biodiversity Project, Willamette Valley-Puget Trough-Georgia Basin Ecoregional Conservation Assessment, Oregon Joint Venture Plan for the Willamette, Statewide Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy, USFWS critical habitat designation, and a regional parks and open space study.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Nature Conservancy (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Willamette 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 100.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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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 *
FY2018 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2020 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2018 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2020 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Oct-2018

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2019
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
There are no project cost share contributions to show.
Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2009 $0 0 %
2008 $1,500,000 60 %
2007 $939,172 16 %

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-003301 Bonneville Power Administration Coburg Ridge Acquisition Active $4,900,500 10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007
BPA-005553 Bonneville Power Administration Yamhill Oak Acquisition Active $1,001,875 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
33214 SOW Nature Conservancy 200726000 EXP COBURG RIDGE (UPLAND PRAIRIE/OAK ACQUISITION) History $65,500 2/15/2007 - 9/30/2009
BPA-005555 Bonneville Power Administration TBL Task Order Active $531 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
BPA-005554 Bonneville Power Administration TBL Task Order Active $4,055 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):0
Completed:0
On time:0
Status Reports
Completed:10
On time:2
Avg Days Late:44

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
BPA-003301 Coburg Ridge Acquisition Bonneville Power Administration 10/2006 10/2006 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33214 200726000 EXP COBURG RIDGE (UPLAND PRAIRIE/OAK ACQUISITION) Nature Conservancy 02/2007 02/2007 History 10 6 0 0 0 6 100.00% 0
BPA-005555 TBL Task Order Bonneville Power Administration 10/2007 10/2007 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005553 Yamhill Oak Acquisition Bonneville Power Administration 10/2007 10/2007 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005554 TBL Task Order Bonneville Power Administration 10/2008 10/2008 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 10 6 0 0 0 6 100.00% 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: 2007-260-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-260-00 - Upland Prairie/Oak Habitat Protection
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-260-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-260-00 - Upland Prairie/Oak Habitat Protection
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 Nature Conservancy proposes to acquire a conservation easement on 1084-acres in the Coburg Ridge Conservation Area. The parcel is well integrated with other efforts, including 32 adjacent acres already under easement. The proposed acreage is approximately 10% of the annual average lost to development in the Valley, yet is a comparatively large parcel in the network. The biological objectives are to improve the population trend for at least 26 focal species and habitat for two listed species, through protection and long-term ecosystem management. Preliminary terms of the easement have been negotiated with the landowner and a preliminary appraisal completed.

Objectives are related to Program and Subbasin plans. The intent to "improve population trend for all species" assumes what is good for one species is good for all; this is unlikely for specialist species. As a management plan develops, it may need to be ecosystem - rather than species-focused. Current work elements are procedural and reflect realistic understanding of the easement process. It appears M&E will be part of the management plan to be developed after acquisition. Collection of baseline data is a good start. Given that the project is only requesting funding for 1 cycle, they should state explicitly what future monitoring will occur. There should be some central place to store and aggregate data from all the multiple Willamette projects. This might be an additional role for the Nature Conservancy on some sort of contract basis, or perhaps ODFW?

The Nature Conservancy has a well-recognized, positive track record in easement acquisitions and subsequent management. Overall, this is an excellent proposal. Properly managed, this easement will provide long-lasting benefits in itself and as part of a growing network of conservation lands in the Valley. Inclusion of a management endowment (~150 k/yr) anticipates future needs and long-term active stewardship, and further strengthens the investment value of the proposal. At an estimated $2490/HU, this is an effective and efficient proposal. The ISRP strongly encourages funding when M&E questions have been addressed, which should not be difficult.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-260-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-260-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Wildlife HUs; note too fish interests.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-260-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-260-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 9/14/2007
Capital Rating: Qualifies for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: Land
Comment: Capital funding approval submitted by BPA COTR. The COTR, COTR's Manager and BPA Accountant certified that the request meets the BPA F&W capital policy and is approved for capital funding (if capital funds are available).

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Dorothy Welch Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Jonathan Soll (Inactive) Project Lead Nature Conservancy
Cathy Macdonald (Inactive) Supervisor Nature Conservancy
Jason Nuckols Technical Contact Nature Conservancy
Theresa Koloszar Administrative Contact Nature Conservancy
Jean Jancaitis (Inactive) Technical Contact Nature Conservancy
Israel Duran Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration