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SOUTHERN IDAHO WILDLIFE MITIGATION UPPER SNAKE WILDLIFE MITIGATON Project # 199505700 THE SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES PRESENTER: CHAD COLTER.

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1 SOUTHERN IDAHO WILDLIFE MITIGATION UPPER SNAKE WILDLIFE MITIGATON Project # THE SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES PRESENTER: CHAD COLTER

2 Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Agencies Involved Agencies Involved –Shoshone-Bannock Tribes –Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game –Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Includes BLM and others interested in mitigation efforts Includes BLM and others interested in mitigation efforts Focus efforts in the Middle and Upper Snake River Provinces in order to meet HU Goals Focus efforts in the Middle and Upper Snake River Provinces in order to meet HU Goals

3 Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation

4 Upper Snake Wildlife Mitigation Programmatically Programmatically 1.Protect 22,851 Habitat Units (3/4 of the total remaining Habitat Units) 2. Enhance 7,617 Habitat Units (1/4 of the total remaining Habitat Units)

5 Relationship to the NWPPC F&W Program Primary strategy: Complete the current mitigation program for construction and inundation losses and include wildlife mitigation for all operational losses as an integrated part of habitat protection and restoration (page 39, NWPPC ). Primary strategy: Complete the current mitigation program for construction and inundation losses and include wildlife mitigation for all operational losses as an integrated part of habitat protection and restoration (page 39, NWPPC ). –Project addresses wildlife habitat losses for Minidoka and Palisades Hydroelectric Facilities Project funding priorities: Wildlife mitigation should emphasize addressing areas of the basin with the highest proportion of unmitigated losses (page 64, NWPPC ). Project funding priorities: Wildlife mitigation should emphasize addressing areas of the basin with the highest proportion of unmitigated losses (page 64, NWPPC ). – –Projects implemented by SIWM through calendar year 2000 provided 17,105 HUs of mitigation credit to BPA and leaves 30,468 HUs (64%) remaining unmitigated.

6 Relationship to the Subbasin Plan In general, habitat-related issues encompass the primary limiting factors for fish and wildlife. These habitat issues fit into several non-exclusive categories: loss, degradation, fragmentation, quantity and quality (Gregory et al. 2001). In general, habitat-related issues encompass the primary limiting factors for fish and wildlife. These habitat issues fit into several non-exclusive categories: loss, degradation, fragmentation, quantity and quality (Gregory et al. 2001).

7 Goals and Objectives Limiting Factor: Loss of habitat. –Goal: Mitigate wildlife habitat losses associated with the Minidoka and Palisades Hydroelectric Facilities within the Upper Snake River Province. »Objective 1: Protect 3,000 acres and 1,500 habitat units »Objective 2: Enhance and restore 1,000 habitat units »Objective 3: Maintain, monitor, and evaluate habitat »Objective 4: Adaptively manage mitigation projects

8 Potential Project Prioritization Plans were initially established by interagency teams of biologists (Mueleman et al. 1991, Martin et at. 1986, Martin et al. 1991) Plans were initially established by interagency teams of biologists (Mueleman et al. 1991, Martin et at. 1986, Martin et al. 1991) In addition to these plans, GAP (Scott et al.1993, Caicco et al. 1995) cover types are used in a coarse-filter/fine-filter approach to identify areas with potential for mitigation projects. In addition to these plans, GAP (Scott et al.1993, Caicco et al. 1995) cover types are used in a coarse-filter/fine-filter approach to identify areas with potential for mitigation projects.

9 Project Locations and Planned Acquisitions

10 RUDEEN ACQUISITION Bald Eagle Winter Roosting Bald Eagle Winter Roosting BLM - ACEC BLM - ACEC

11 SODA SPRINGS HILLS BLM - PROJECT AREA Deer/Elk Winter Range Deer/Elk Winter Range Eagles Eagles Habitat Fragmentation Habitat Fragmentation

12 Blackfoot River Wild & Scenic Study Wild & Scenic Study Deer/Elk Winter Range Deer/Elk Winter Range Natural and Cultural Resource Values Natural and Cultural Resource Values Fort Hall Irrigation Project Fort Hall Irrigation Project Habitat Fragmentation Habitat Fragmentation EPA 303(d) Water Quality Limited EPA 303(d) Water Quality Limited Fort Hall IR State BLM

13 Monitoring and Evaluation Assess Habitat Unit Gains Using HEP Assess Habitat Unit Gains Using HEP Monitor Vegetation Status Monitor Vegetation Status –Technique Evaluation –Goal Achievement Monitor Vegetation Change Monitor Vegetation Change –Goal Achievement Monitor wildlife Abundance and Diversity Monitor wildlife Abundance and Diversity Ongoing Efforts

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