Conservation Plans and Agreements




Habitat Conservation Plan

Data Definitions

Title
Plum Creek Native Fish HCP
USFWS Region(s)
6
USFWS Field Office(s)
Kalispell Ecological Services Sub-Office
Permits
TE034609-0
Status
I
NEPA Process
environmental impact statement
Involved Agency
USFWS and NMFS
  • Date Information
  • Date Assistance Initiated
    06/30/1997
    Date Application Received
    12/10/1999
    Date of Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS
    12/12/1997
    Date Noticed in Federal Register
    12/17/1999
    Date Permit Issued
    11/23/2000
    Date Application Withdrawn
    ---
    Date Permit Expired
    ---
    Date Permit Denied
    ---
    Date Permit Suspended
    ---
    Date Permit Revoked
    ---
  • Area Description Information
  • Location
    The original HCP covered lands included lands in the states of Washington and Idaho, but all those HCP lands have been relinquished to other entities in the past 5 years since the HCP was signed. All the remaining HCP lands are located in several counties in western Montana.
    Listed Species
  • Trout, bull - (Salvelinus confluentus) U.S.A., conterminous, lower 48 states T
  • Non-Listed Species
  • Trout, westslope cutthroat - (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi) RT
  • Whitefish, Mountain - (Prosopium williamsoni)
  • Whitefish, pygmy - (Prosopium coulteri)
  • Habitat
    montane riparian forest
    States
  • Montana
  • Size (Total Area Covered, by State)
  • 969624 acres (Montana)
    At the time of permit issuance, the total HCP project area within regions 1 and 6 was roughly 1.6 million acres, of which approximately 110,000 acres was in Region 1 (40,000 acres in Idaho and 70,000 acres in Washington). Region 1 had the lead for developing the HCP and Region 6 has the lead for implementation. After permit issuance, Plum Creek Timber Company sold its lands in Washington and subsequently in Idaho; hence the HCP is no longer being implemented in those states, only Montana lands remain in this HCP. Acreage covered in the HCP flucuates as the remaining lands in Montana are sold and acquired. In 2009, the remaining HCP land acreage is 969,624 acres.
  • Enrolled Size (Total Area Enrolled, by State)
    Data not available
    At the time of permit issuance, the total HCP project area within regions 1 and 6 was roughly 1.6 million acres, of which approximately 110,000 acres was in Region 1 (40,000 acres in Idaho and 70,000 acres in Washington). Region 1 had the lead for developing the HCP and Region 6 has the lead for implementation. After permit issuance, Plum Creek Timber Company sold its lands in Washington and subsequently in Idaho; hence the HCP is no longer being implemented in those states, only Montana lands remain in this HCP. Acreage covered in the HCP flucuates as the remaining lands in Montana are sold and acquired. In 2009, the remaining HCP land acreage is 969,624 acres.
    Encompassed Planning Area? (by state)
  • No
  • Acreage Protected
    929624 acres
    Acreage Created/Enhanced/Restored
    No info
    Acreage Adversely Affected
    No info
  • Other Information
  • Applicant Type
    corporation
    Land Use
    forest management activities
    ranching
    Duration
    30 years, 0 months
    Reporting Frequency
    Annually, and 5-year status review and adaptive management reporting (completed April 2006). Next 5-year status review expected in 2010.
    Report Received Date(s)
    04/27/2004
    04/22/0003
    04/01/2002
    05/06/2005
    04/14/0006
    Monitoring Notes
    Plum Creek completed a major milestone in April 2006 by reporting on their success of the HCP for the past 5 years. The 5-year status review revealed no major implementation problems or changes that were needed - only3 minor adjustments. The HCP appears to be meeting, or exceeding, expectations. Each of the last 5 years PC has submitted annual monitoring reports, including internal and external audits and "changed circumstances". Major events in the last 5 years included: 1) relinguishment of all HCP lands in Idaho and Washington; 2) submittal of about 15 rehabilitation plans for the 45,000 acres burned in 2003; 3) only minor problems found (mostly reporting) from a major external audit conducted by Price Waterhouse in 2005; and 4) the development and FWS approval of 4 cooperative management HCP changes to improve implementation. In 2006, the Service terminated the 2 term FTEs positions that monitored the HCP for the past 5 years and will use existing permanent staff from this juncture forward to monitor compliance on the 1.4 million acres of HCP lands. In 2009, increased monitoring occurred due to the hiring of a term position.
    Additional Notes
    Plum Creek has relinquished the permit for all covered lands in Region 1. Region 6 is now the only region with jurisdiction over PC's operations. PC completed their 5-year status review on the HCP in April 2006. Data collected from 3 research projects over the past 5 years showed that no changes were needed to the HCP and that stream temperature, road sediment, and large woody debris loading had met or exceeded expectations to protect native fish. Onlty 3 minor changes were proposed to improve the HCP: adjustment of the point values related to deed restrictions; minor change to a performance trigger related to road re-inspections, and development of monitoring trigger for grazing BMP effectiveness. FR Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period, 65FR7856, 02/16/2000. FR Notice of Availability of Final EIS and HCP, 65FR57170-57171, 09/21/2000. FR Notice of Environmental Documents to Amend a HCP for Federally Protected Native Fish Species, 67FR2900-2901,01/22/2002.
    Plan/Agreement Documents
    The HCP
    The HCP
    NEPA - ROD
    Set of Findings
    Biological Opinion
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    Federal Register Documents
    Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit Submitted by Plum Creek Timberlands, L.P., (and its partners Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. and Plum Creek Timber I L.L.C.), Plum Creek Marketing Inc., Plum Creek Land Company, Plum Creek Northwest Lumber, Inc., Plum Creek Northwest Plywood, Inc., and Plum Creek MDF, Inc., for Lands in Montana, Idaho, and Washington (12/17/1999)
    Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan for Incidental Take (09/21/2000)

    Report generated on: February 12, 2016
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