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1 Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department

2  Reservation in Southern Idaho, approximately 5,600 Tribal members  The Tribes harvest natural resources for subsistence under Article IV of the Fort Bridger Treaty of  An active co-manager of natural resources both off and on the reservation.

3  Shoshone-Bannock Tribes  Hunter Osborne, Resident Fish Program  Lytle Denny, Anadromous Program  Daniel Stone, Policy Analyst  Chad Colter, Fish and Wildlife Director  Claudeo Broncho, Fish and Wildlife Policy Representative  Design, Engineering, Project Management  McMillen, LLC  Derek Nelson  Mark Reiser, Project Lead  Science Team  Dan Warren and Associates  Dan Warren  Andy Appleby  Joan Nichol  Steve Smith  Kevin Malone

4  The Yankee Fork and Panther Creek spring Chinook programs have the following conservation, harvest and cultural objectives:  Cultural Objective:  Cultural Objective: Tribal members would have opportunities to harvest using traditional and contemporary methods.  Harvest Objective:  Harvest Objective: The program will provide, on average, approximately 1,000 Chinook in the Yankee Fork and 800 Chinook in Panther Creek for harvest.  Conservation Objective:  Conservation Objective: The programs will contribute to the recovery of the Snake River spring/summer Chinook ESU by restoring a Maintained population of 500 locally adapted Chinook spawners in the Yankee Fork and 500 spawners in Panther Creek (a total of 1,000 fish).

5 Adult Escapement Priority Yankee Fork Salmon RiverPanther Creek Hatchery Broodstock358 (NOR+HOR) adults214 (NOR+HOR) adults Natural Escapement~500 (NOR+HOR) adults Harvest~1,000 (NOR+HOR) adults~800 (NOR+HOR) adults *Yankee Fork production targets for smolt production range from 450, ,000 smolts. **Panther Creek production targets for smolt production range from 300, ,000 smolts. *Yankee Fork production targets for smolt production range from 450, ,000 smolts. **Panther Creek production targets for smolt production range from 300, ,000 smolts.

6  Co-managers and LSRCP are supportive of changing the Steelhead stock to a B-run.  Using the proposed Yankee Fork satellite facility will give managers an opportunity to collect broodstock and manage the fishery.  The proposed facility will be able to capture Steelhead during the high flow period; something that would be difficult under current conditions.

7  The Tribes will initially produce 10,000 catchable trout for release in the Fort Hall Bottoms to supplement harvest opportunities.  The Tribes may opt for multiple release strategies if monitoring provides sound guidance.

8 SBT signs Fish Accord * SBT begins planning process * SBT completes Step 1 Submittal * SBT begins planning process for Step 2/3 submittal SBT will prepare final submittal The goal is to construct the facility during the later part of 2013 or early in NEPA compliance and Consultation – Final Design

9  Hatchery Master Plan Completed.  ISRP Response Received  Comments submitted to ISRP and NPCC  ISRP comments indicated that the project was “qualified” to move ahead with program planning.  Site Selection for Yankee Fork and Panther Creek.  FS Coordination Meetings  Site lay-out  Refined design components for the hatchery facility.  Hatchery Genetics Management Plan, Operations Manual Outline, Aquaculture Education Program.

10  Step 2 – Environmental Compliance  IDEQ/EPA Discharge Permit  ACOE 404 Permit  NEPA Clearance (BPA)  ESA Consultation with USFWS and NMFS  Building Permits  Utility Permits  Step 2/3 Design and Engineering  30% Design – Completed July 31, 2012  60% Design – completed January 15, 2013  95% Design and ‘Final’ Cost Estimate – April 30, 2013 (review session in mid-May)

11  Lower Snake River Compensation Program has indicated an interest in shifting the collection facilities for the Snake River Steelhead program to Yankee Fork.  Building a new trapping facility for Steelhead would serve as a cost-savings to the overall budget for a Chinook trapping facility.  The Blackbird Trustees have indicated preliminary support for a hatchery program in Panther Creek.  The Tribes would propose to allocate significant funds to the Panther Creek portion of the program from the Blackbird Settlement Fund.

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25  The Yankee Fork was used from time immemorial by the various bands that compose the current makeup of the Tribes.  Tribal members still search for fishing opportunities in the Yankee Fork and the landmark case State v. Tinno occurred on the Yankee Fork.

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34  The Panther Creek system was also key to the subsistence lifestyle of the people.  Unfortunately, this system was also heavily impacted by the effects of mining activities.  The local population of Chinook was determined to be extirpated.

35  The Tribes have entered into discussions with the Blackbird Trustee Group about being a partner in Panther Creek salmon restoration.  These discussions have resulted in an expression of support for the conceptual program in Panther Creek.  The Trustees expect to be a key component of the decision making process, as they are obligated to protect the trust assets and restore fish populations.

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