2 Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Agencies InvolvedShoshone-Bannock TribesIdaho Dept. of Fish & GameShoshone-Paiute TribesIncludes BLM and others interested in mitigation effortsFocus efforts in the Middle and Upper Snake River Provinces in order to meet HU Goals
4 Upper Snake Wildlife Mitigation ProgrammaticallyProtect 22,851 Habitat Units (3/4 of the total remaining Habitat Units)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 ).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 ).Projects implemented by SIWM through calendar year 2000 provided 17,105 HU’s of mitigation credit to BPA and leaves 30,468 HU’s (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).”
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 unitsObjective 2: Enhance and restore 1,000 habitat unitsObjective 3: Maintain, monitor, and evaluate habitatObjective 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)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.