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Spokane Tribe of Indians: Wildlife Mitigation Projects Projects include: Projects include: Blue Creek WMA (814.5 acres) Blue Creek WMA (814.5 acres) Fox.

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1 Spokane Tribe of Indians: Wildlife Mitigation Projects Projects include: Projects include: Blue Creek WMA (814.5 acres) Blue Creek WMA (814.5 acres) Fox Creek WMA (200 acres) Fox Creek WMA (200 acres) McCoy Lake Watershed WMA (914 acres) McCoy Lake Watershed WMA (914 acres) (145 acres non-BPA) Wellpinit Mt. WMA (80 acres) Wellpinit Mt. WMA (80 acres)

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3 McCoy Lake Watershed Wildlife Mitigation Area

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5 Primary Activities WMA Clean-up WMA Clean-up Noxious Weed Control Noxious Weed Control Access Road Maintenance Access Road Maintenance Fence Maintenance & Construction Fence Maintenance & Construction Tree & Shrub Establishment Tree & Shrub Establishment Native Grass Establishment Native Grass Establishment Stream Channel Restoration Stream Channel Restoration Wildlife Monitoring Wildlife Monitoring

6 Fence Maintenance & Construction WMANew (miles) Total (miles) WMANew (miles) Total (miles) Blue CreekNone None Fox Creek McCoy Lake Wellpinit Mt.None None. Total

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10 Tree & Shrub Establishment WMA# Planted WMA# Planted Blue Creek None Fox Creek 300 McCoy Lake 12,300 Wellpinit Mt Total 12,800 Species include aspen, cottonwood, alder, willow, hawthorn, rose, chokecherry, serviceberry, & ceanothus. Species include aspen, cottonwood, alder, willow, hawthorn, rose, chokecherry, serviceberry, & ceanothus.

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12 Hand scalped for site prep. Hand scalped for site prep. Did not use protectors Did not use protectors Survival rates averaged 30% or less (rodent damage & drought). Survival rates averaged 30% or less (rodent damage & drought). Watered plants to improve survival. Watered plants to improve survival.

13 cu. yd. of fabric (first time used) 8000 cu. yd. of fabric (first time used) Used 12 tall Pro-Grow protectors Used 12 tall Pro-Grow protectors Survival Rates in fall 60-70% Survival Rates in fall 60-70%

14 cu. yd. of fabric 6000 cu. yd. of fabric 3.5x3.5x16 Zipset foil laminated protectors (1/3 cost of Pro-Grow protectors) 3.5x3.5x16 Zipset foil laminated protectors (1/3 cost of Pro-Grow protectors)

15 Native Grass Establishment WMAAcres Planted WMAAcres Planted Blue Creek None Fox Creek None McCoy Lake 5 Wellpinit Mt. None. Total 5 90 acres of agricultural land in Farm Lease (spring grain) to control invasive grasses & noxious weeds prior to native grass seeding. 90 acres of agricultural land in Farm Lease (spring grain) to control invasive grasses & noxious weeds prior to native grass seeding. 60+ acres planned for seeding in fall acres planned for seeding in fall 2003.

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17 Stream Channel Restoration Location: People Tract of McCoy Lake Watershed Location: People Tract of McCoy Lake Watershed Problem: Stream was channeled for agricultural activities which resulted in erosion problems on the site. Problem: Stream was channeled for agricultural activities which resulted in erosion problems on the site. Purpose: Restore natural function of stream & riparian zone. Purpose: Restore natural function of stream & riparian zone. Activity: Constructed 925 of meandering stream channel in the near original streambed. Activity: Constructed 925 of meandering stream channel in the near original streambed.

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21 Ruffed Grouse Drum Counts Surveys started on 3 routes in spring 2001: West End, Wellpinit Mt., & Cottonwood (control site). Surveys started on 3 routes in spring 2001: West End, Wellpinit Mt., & Cottonwood (control site). Surveys were conducted 3 times on each site in 2001 and twice in 2002 to determine peak drumming period. Surveys were conducted 3 times on each site in 2001 and twice in 2002 to determine peak drumming period. Only 1 visit in 2003 (April 17) Only 1 visit in 2003 (April 17)

22 Bird Point Counts Counts started on 4 sites in 2001/2002 (these will be repeated in 2007/2008): Blue Creek: Shrub-steppe Etue: Riparian People: Riparian Smith: Conifer Woodland 2003/2004 sites include: A67-B: Conifer Woodland Blue Creek: Conifer Woodland People: Riparian People: Conifer Woodland Each site is monitored 3 times each year (between May 15 & June 30).

23 Small Mammal Trapping Trapping began in 2001: Blue Creek: Shrub-steppe Harris: Grassland/Ag. Kenworthy: Grassland People: Riparian 2002 sites included: Blue Creek: Shrub-steppe Harris: Conifer Woodland Smith: Conifer Woodland trap nights per site

24 Big Game Counts Counts started on 3 routes in 2001: Blue Creek: 4 miles Fox Creek: 1 mile McCoy Lake: 5 miles Surveys are conducted 2 times during the first week of September.


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