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Project Summary

Project 2007-375-00 - Does the Decline of Idaho Sockeye Salmon Correlate with a Mountain Beetle Infestation?
Project Number:
2007-375-00
Title:
Does the Decline of Idaho Sockeye Salmon Correlate with a Mountain Beetle Infestation?
Summary:
This proposal aims to study the nurtient recycling question: Does the decline of Idaho?s Sockeye contribute to ecosystem stress in the upstream habitat where their marine-derived nutrients were historically deposited?
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Bluefish (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Upper Snake Snake Headwaters 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 100.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-375-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-375-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Nutrients, focus on affecting timber resource (timber managers authorized/required).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-375-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-375-00
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: 2007-375-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-375-00 - Does the Decline of Idaho Sockeye Salmon Correlate with a Mountain Beetle Infestation?
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 is an inadequate proposal based on purported correlations between lack of sockeye nutrient deposition in lakes and the infestations of pine beetle. The proposal contains no review of the literature, citation of ongoing research, or evidence of scientific expertise needed to conduct the study. Also, no explanation or itemization of the $10k budget is provided.

The background to this proposal consists mostly of an excerpt from an abstract on nutrient recycling. The proposal states that it seeks to test the hypothesis that an Idaho mountain pine beetle outbreak may be related to the decline in sockeye salmon returns. However, there is no reference to or citation of regional work in this area on the part of scientists at the USFS, private firms, or academic institutions.

The rationale for the work consists of extensive excerpts from the Lower Snake and Salmon Subbasin Plans, including the vision and strategies designed to achieve objectives related to terrestrial species and habitats. These have general but not specific relevance to the work proposed here. The work elements list several steps to obtaining GIS data on infestation in order to make GIS-based comparisons. The proposal does not explain how the GIS data will be used to test the hypothesis, beyond "neural network analysis." There is also no discussion of the limited utility of correlations in contributing to a broader understanding of the relationship between sockeye abundance and beetle infestation.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-375-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-375-00 - Does the Decline of Idaho Sockeye Salmon Correlate with a Mountain Beetle Infestation?
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None