Presentation on theme: "Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment in the Columbia Cascade Province Project Goal: The Columbia Cascade Province will have an implementation strategy that."— Presentation transcript:
Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment in the Columbia Cascade Province Project Goal: The Columbia Cascade Province will have an implementation strategy that is consistent with the vision, scientific principles, biological objectives, and schedules of the Northwest Power Planning Commission Fish and Wildlife Program and the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board. This plan will be developed by local governments and stakeholder entities, consistent and in parallel with State 2514 planning processes.
This presentation will cover: Who-What-When-Where-Why Tasks and timelines Process for cost estimates Value of EDT to local processes Value of EDT to Provincial Planning Concluding Remarks Questions
EDT in the Columbia Cascade Province Who: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Yakama Nation What: Provide the analytical foundation required to substantially complete the aquatic assessment and management components of subbasin plans in the Columbia Cascade Province. Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT) methodology will be used to provide the framework for describing existing habitat conditions and providing rational towards future management decisions.
Where: Okanogan, Methow, Entiat and Wenatchee Sub-basins When: Begin Diagnosis October 2002 Conclude Diagnosis September 2003 Begin TreatmentOctober 2003 Conclude TreatmentSummer 2004 Why: The Technical Guide for Subbasin Planners (NWPPC 2001) identifies an approach to subbasin planning that builds upon the coarse scale EDT analysis conducted by the NWPPC to develop working hypotheses on the condition and processes affecting a subbasin ecosystem, and to evaluate alternative management strategies. Much information about habitat conditions is available for each of the sub-basins BUT no consistent and contiguous database exists across the larger geographic area, and over time. EDT in the Columbia Cascade Province
EDT in the Entiat Sub-basin Value of EDT to local processes Level 2 Attributes discussed and illustrated for each stream reach: Attribute Definition Importance and Role Rating Definitions Channel Confinement
EDT in the Entiat Sub-basin Value of EDT to local processes Significant Level 2 Attributes contributing to mortality illustrated for each stream reach.
EDT in the Entiat Sub-basin Value of EDT to local processes Example 1: Tables showing significant attribute definition and attribute ratings for historic and current conditions. Example 2: Side by side tables of Level 2 Physical Attribute Ratings and resulting Level 3 Attributes (factors towards mortality) by stream reach. Excellent tool for professional and non-professionals to see how stream reach attributes are viewed by expert understanding. Excellent tool to see how physical attributes cumulatively affect salmonid mortality by reach and by life history stage. Any component of tool can be challenged and modified if better information is available. All information generated, reviewed and ok ed ON-THE-GROUND resulting in high comfort level in database.
Value of EDT to Provincial Planning Systematic, logical and trackable. Provides one location for the best available science (at Provincial level and at Sub-basin level) to be stored and evaluated. Provides accountability in how information is interpreted and used in decision making. Process provides excellent forum for information exchange between professionals and other stakeholders. Process provides common framework for resource managers and decision makers to better understand potential effects of management actions. Provides excellent base from which monitoring programs can be derived and evaluation of progress over long time-periods can be implemented.
Conclusions Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment in the Columbia Cascade Province