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1 Walla Walla Basin Fish Habitat Enhancement Project CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION

2 PROJECT GOAL To protect and restore riparian and upland habitat critical to the recovery of weak or reintroduced populations of salmonid fish within the Walla Walla River Basin

3 WALLA WALLA RIVER BASIN

4 PROJECT OBJECTIVES Objective 1. Identify, prioritize, and select habitat restoration and protection projects that provide long-term benefit to biological systems and the salmonid fish relying on them. Objective 2: Design and implement habitat restoration and protection activities that provide long-term benefit to biological systems and the salmonid fish relying on them. Objective 3. Improve benefit to salmonid species and biological life within habitat restoration areas by monitoring and evaluating physical and biological parameters over time. Results from this data will be used to adapt and improve project strategies.

5 Touchet R. Walla Walla R. Patit Creek Dry Creek Mill Creek Blue Creek Coppei Creek South Fork North Fork Cottonwood Creek Walla Walla R. WASHINGTON OREGON Couse Creek N. Fork Walla Walla S. Fork Walla Walla Existing Projects New Projects for 2004 Project Locations

6 PROJECT APPROACH AND METHODS 1. Develop list of potential projects Watershed Assessment, Subbasin Review, public outreach, interagency communication Watershed Assessment, Subbasin Review, public outreach, interagency communication 2. Conduct on-site visits Evaluate site potential, prioritize, select Evaluate site potential, prioritize, select 3.Identify limiting factors and design recovery efforts to best meet them

7 PROJECT APPROACH CONT 4.Secure cost share 5.Sign Long Term Conservation Easement 6.Develop and secure permits / clearances 7.Solicit bids and develop subcontracts

8 RESTORATION ACTIVITIES (some examples) Plant native grasses, shrubs and trees and control noxious weedsPlant native grasses, shrubs and trees and control noxious weeds

9 Construct Livestock Exclusion Fencing

10 Improve Instream Habitat Diversity

11 Correct Passage Impediments

12 Improve Private Land Management

13 Project Area Operation and Maintenance Maintenance Native Plant CommunityMaintenance Native Plant Community Control noxious weedsControl noxious weeds Maintain fencesMaintain fences Service EquipmentService Equipment Landowner CommunicationLandowner Communication

14 Collect Monitoring Parameters We developed a comprehensive document guiding the monitoring process to be used for project areas, including: Substrate composition Substrate composition Vegetation surveys Vegetation surveys Longitudinal habitat survey Longitudinal habitat survey Cross sectional survey Cross sectional survey Salmonid abundance Salmonid abundance ShadeShade TemperatureTemperature Photo-pointsPhoto-points Land-useLand-use Bank stabilityBank stability

15 Major accomplishments from Cost share secured$400,000+Cost share secured$400,000+ Stream miles protected8 milesStream miles protected8 miles Acres seeded to native grass62Acres seeded to native grass62 Native plants (rooted)25,000+Native plants (rooted)25,000+ Native plants (cuttings)30,000+Native plants (cuttings)30,000+ Weed control100 acres/yrWeed control100 acres/yr

16 Accomplishments made in 2004 Out-planted 4,000 native plants Noxious weed control with project corridors (8 stream miles) Participated in Subbasin Plan Development Secured 127k in cost –share from SRFB for Gose St. Signed two new riparian easements with private landowners Native grass seeding on 12 acres Secured 10k in cost share-PCSRF Began design for Gose St. Adult Passage Barrier (Mill Creek)

17 MONITORING: Photopoints Blue Creek 1998 Blue Creek 2002 Blue Creek 2000

18 MONITORING: Photopoints Blue Creek 1998 Blue Creek Blue Creek 2004 Blue Creek 2000

19 Walla Walla R Walla Walla River 2001 Walla Walla River 2004

20 Cooperating Agencies

21 Toads Need Habitat Too!


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