Response for project 200103100: Resident Fish Symposium

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

This budget will provide us sufficient resources to carry out the work elements.

Accomplishments since the last review

• Conference held November 15, 16 and 17 2004 • Over the course of the three day conference, 229 people attended. This attendance was about the same as the successful 2003 conference. • 3 general sessions and 12 concurrent sessions were held. The opening session Northwest Power and Conservation Council members, their staff and representatives of area tribes reviewing the status of adopting subbasin plans. • There were 61 presenters. • Conference evaluations showed the conference being rated as outstanding by participants.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

# of people reached in each of 3 classes (T/S/G): Teachers, Students, General public200 or more people attending one or more days of the conference. The conference will be 3 days. Attendees will include natural resource managers, scientists, policy makers, elected officials and the general public.

Encourage and facilitate innovative coordination, planning and assessment of resident fish and related programs in the Intermountain Province by improving and enhancing the quality and quantity of information exchange among fish managers, policy makers, agency and tribal representatives, and the public.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This project is consistent with and supports the public education, coordination and collaboration components articulated in the Intermountain Province Subbasin Plan. In the IMP, a provincial approach was taken to subbasin planning. As a result, a vision, objectives, and strategies applicable to the entire IMP were developed. The six subbasins within the IMP include Coeur d’ Alene, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Upper Columbia, San Poil, and Lake Rufus Woods. The geographic area, issues, topics and presenters that are the focus of conference activity are drawn from the IMP region. That said, many attendees come from the broader Fish and Wildlife program region because they find topics of common interest, and value forging closer relationships with individuals in the IMP area.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

Conference goals are consistent with the following vision, guiding principles and specific goals identified by the IMP. Vision: We envision the Intermountain Province being comprised of and supporting viable, diverse, fish and wildlife populations, and their habitats that contribute to the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of the Pacific Northwest. Guiding Principles: • Public outreach is essential for successful plan development and implementation. • Human interests can be balanced with fish and wildlife needs. • All people are stewards for future generations. • Integrated subbasin plans should consider ecological, not political, boundaries. Goals: • Coordinate subbasin planning at the provincial level. • Provide a forum in which local, state and Tribal governments, and other interested stakeholders collaborate and coordinate on the creation of subbasin plans • Have an open public process with multiple opportunities for comment from all interested parties • Maintain a dialogue between local technical experts and stakeholders during development of the subbasin plan

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