At the Council’s July 2, 2009 request, the ISRP reviewed Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s revised proposals for the Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation projects for the Upper Snake (1995-057-00) and the Middle Snake (1995-057-01). These proposals were revised in response to our recommendations in our May 2009 report, Wildlife Category Review: Final Review of 2009 Proposals (ISRP 2009-17).
The ISRP notes that IDFG's revisions show a genuine effort to more directly address the questions posed in the original solicitation. The ISRP recommends that the proposals meet scientific review criteria (qualified). The qualification is that any future proposals include a review of recent literature and monitoring data supporting proposed biological O&M activities (e.g., weed treatments, plantings, not fences). Future proposals should also provide greater detail on methods for weed control on the various properties as well as presentation of results-to-date from ongoing weed control activities and how those results (garnered through an effectiveness monitoring program) may have adaptively modified the weed control programs.