2010 Wildlife project review

Proposal 200600500: Asotin Creek Wildlife Area O&M (Schlee Acquisitions)

1. Administrative
2. Location
3. Species
4. Past accomplishments  
5. Relationships
6. Objectives
7. Work elements   
8. Budget
9. Future
10. Narrative

Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Short description:
The Asotin Creek Wildlife Area (Schlee Acquisitions) provide habitat for salmonid species residing in George Ck and Asotin Creek as well as upland wildlife as mitigation for losses of wildlife habitat due to dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers.


Contact nameRoleAddressPhoneEmail
Robert Dice Form Submitter Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
1049 Port Way
Clarkston, WA 99403
509-758-3151 dicerid@dfw.wa.gov
Nathan Pamplin Reviewer Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife


Section 2. Location

Province: Blue Mountain Subbasin: Asotin

Specific locations

Lat/longLocation descWaterbody (lake or stream)County/StateSubbasinResolutionPrimary?
46 deg 16' 51.21, 117 deg 08' 55.08 6 miles SW of Asotin in George and Rockpile creeks George Creek Asotin Washington Asotin county No
46 deg 13' 29.45, 117 deg 20' 17.22 16 miles SW of Asotin at Smoothing Iron Ridge. Smoothing Iron Ridge Asotin Washington Asotin county Yes

Section 3. Species

Primary: Wildlife: All Wildlife

Additional species: Elk, Mule Deer, Whit-tailed Deer, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Wolf

Section 4. Past accomplishments

2003 Project began 10/1/03 - Construction of 1.3 miles boundary fence in Rockpile Creek. - Repaired and repainted an equipment trailer - Maintained physical improvements including buildings and water systems - Maintained boundary fences - Controlled Weeds
2004 Maintained boundary fences, maintained physical improvements, controlled noxious weeds, conducted breeding bird point surveys, completed endangered plant survey, improved and repaired water system on Smmothing Iron Ridge.
2005 Continued boundary fence maintenance, controlled noxious weeds, completed endangered plant survey, maintained physical improvements.

Section 5. Relationships to other projects

Funding sourceProject IDProject TitleRelationship
BPA 200205300 Assess Salmonids Asotin Cr Ws Study assessing salmonids in project lands - South Fork of Asotin Creek
BPA 200205400 Protect & Restore Asotin Cr Ws Road obliteration projects in the drainage reduce sediments deposited on project lands in South Fork of Asotin Creek.
PCSRF - WSRFB 01-1233 Asotin Creek Six-Year Seed Pro Project administered through Asotin County Conservation District to reduce sediment in Asotin Creek among others.
BPA 199106100 Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigati Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.
BPA 199609401 Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives
BPA 200600400 Wemas Wildlife Area O&M Potential sharp-tailed grouse/habitat restoration. Supports this project and WDFW goals and objectives.

Section 6. Objectives

Objective titleDescriptionRelevant subbasin planRelevant strategy(ies)Page number(s)
Control noxious weeds Control noxious weeds on BPA funded lands on the Asotin Creek Wildlife Area with an emphasis on riparian areas. Mainly South Fork of Asotin Creek and George Creek. Asotin Control noxious weeds to restore upland and riparian habitat areas[Strategy left blank] 169
Implement management activities and schedules Maintain boundary fences annually to protect habitat from trespass livestock grazing and vehicle encroachment. Maintain project infrastructure, buildings, equipment, and water systems Asotin Maintain fences each year on a timely basis. Maintain buildings and associated water systems. 167-170
Maintain and enhance habitat for upland wildlife Maintain vegetation on both units to hold big game animals on agency land. Ensure that approximately 475 acres of agricultural land seeded to native grass in 2008 reaches maturity and thrives. Maintain 125 acres of annual forage foodplots seeded to mainly winter wheat, canola or other crops for big-game retention. Asotin Work cooperatively with RMEF and local sportsmen organizations for support funding for annual foodplots and other wildlife enhancement projects. 167-170
Restore Riparian Areas Restore riparian areas through weed control and possible tree and shrub plantings Asotin Maintain planted trees and shrubs to restore riparian habitat in George, Rockpile and S. Fork of Asotin Creeks 167-170

Section 7. Work elements

Work element nameWork element titleObjective(s)Start dateEnd dateEstimated budget>Sponsor performs work?
Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure Control Noxious Weeds Control noxious weeds 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 125,000 Yes
Description: Control noxious weeds on upper and lower units with emphasis on riparian areas. Riparian areas include South Fork of Asotin Creek, George Creek, and Rockpile Creek.
Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure Implement management activities and schedules Implement management activities and schedules 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 197,170 Yes
Description: Repair/maintain boundary stock fences, maintain facilities, equipment and infrastructure, maintain water system on Smoothing Iron Ridge.
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitoring and Evaluation Implement management activities and schedules 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 23,273 Yes
Description: Monitor and evaluate habitat responce to various treatments such as herbicide application and seeding native grass.
Plant Vegetation Plant Big Game Forage Food Plots Maintain and enhance habitat for upland wildlife 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 48,000 Yes
Description: On a yearly basis, plant big game forage crops with the main intent of holding elk on Smoothin Iron ridge away from adjacent private agricultural lands. The Forage plots are planted on approximately 120 acres which was formally farmed by the sharecropper. In 2 spring 2008, the sharecropper announced he was was no longer going to raise wheat on 600 acres of agricultural lands on Smoothing Iron Ridge. The 600 acres of wheat ground has a long history of providing a food source and attractant for big game - mainly elk. The majority of the fields was seeded to native grass with the exception of 120 acres which will continue to be planted to winter wheat and other desirable annual vegetation for wildlife.
Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure Maintain seeded agricultural fields Maintain and enhance habitat for upland wildlife 10/1/2009 9/30/2012 72,000 Yes
Description: In the fall of 2008, approximately 480 acres of former agricultural fields were seeded to native grass as a result of the sharecropper abruptly announcing that he was no longer interested in raising wheat crops on the fields. With no interest from other potential farmers, WDFW seeded the majority of the fields to native grass. Though recently seeded, a number of treatments are necessary to ensure success of grass seeding. Those treatments include: herbicide application, mowing and some potential reseeding. Treatments will be most intensive the first few years and will fade as the grass matures.
work element budget total: 465,443

Section 8. Budget

Item Note FY 2010 cost ($) FY 2011 cost ($) FY 2012 cost ($)
Personnel Includes benefits and overall increase of 2% per year for salary increases over the period (COLA). 76,695 78,996 81,366
Other Monitoring and evaluation 7,567 7,756 7,950
Supplies Hebicide, building materials, equipment parts, lubicants, sprayor parts, fertilizer, seed. 28,884 28,241 27,578
Overhead Required by WDFW 39,486 40,130 40,794
Itemized budget totals: 152,632 155,123 157,688
Type of funding source Funding source or organization Item or service provided FY 2010 est value ($) FY 2011 est value ($) FY 2012 est value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status
non-profit Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Volunteer Labor, material costs 3,500 3,500 3,500 Cash Under Development
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife PILT 2,500 2,500 2,500 Cash Confirmed
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Use of State owned equipment 20,000 20,000 20,000 In-Kind Confirmed
state Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Clarkston shop and office facility 3,000 3,000 3,000 In-Kind Confirmed
other Sharcroppers Agricultural Leases 33,094 33,094 17,452 Cash Confirmed
Cost share estimate totals: 62,094 62,094 46,452

FY 2010-12 total cost share estimate: 170,640

Section 9. Project future

Outyear budgets 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
162,969 167,043 171,219 175,500 179,887 184,187

3% was added for 2011 to account for inflation

Likely project termination/end date: No end date

Termination notes:

Final deliverables:


ISRP final recommendation: Meets Scientific criteria? Yes (Qualified)

The ISRP thanks the Agency for responding to our requests for the grazing plan and the explanation for maintaining the agricultural fields on the property. The ISRP qualifies its recommendation with an explicit expectation that results of monitoring vegetation and wildlife response to grazing will be included in the next review cycle.

from May 19, 2009 ISRP 2009-17 report

Sponsor response to ISRP preliminary review

200600500 Asotin ISRP response.doc
Final 2009 Pilot Grazing Plan.pdf
20090406-Wildlife Area Report.pdf

ISRP preliminary recommendation: Meets scientific criteria? Response requested

The reviewers request: a) A clear justification for maintaining the agricultural fields. b) More details on how they plan to restore habitat. They mention replanting native plants. Please provide some methodological detail about this restoration. For example, what plants seeds will be used? c) A better link among objectives, work elements, and M&E. The objectives need to be more detailed. For example, please describe in greater detail in the M&E section where and when you will sample the vegetation using vegetation sampling points. We would like to see an example of a grazing plan if cattle are going to be managed on the Project. d) That any M&E work completed since 2004 be summarized, including bird surveys, elk counts, deer counts, sheep counts, vegetation response to plantings/restoration, and weed control efforts.

from Mar 26, 2009 ISRP 2009-7 report