Recovery Plan Ad Hoc Report results

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Plan Title Plan Stage Plan Lead Region (FWS) Plan Lead Office (FWS) Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Action Priority Action Number Action Description Action Status Estimated Initiation Date Estimated Completion Date Action Lead Agencies Responsible Parties Work Types Labor Types Comments Implementation Activity Number Implementation Activity Description Implementation Activity Status Implementation Activity Estimated Initiation Date Implementation Activity Estimated Completion Date Implementation Activity Labor Types Implementation Activity Work Types Implementation Activity Responsible Parties Implementation Activity Comments Implementation Activity Species
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 1 Manage partially controlled field-breeding for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. Ongoing Current FY 2011 FY 2024 Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Propagation, Management: Reintroduction, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Propagation, Research: Reintroduction Species Expert Feasibility and need for continuing partially controlled field-breeding will be re-evaluated fall 2023.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 1.1 Identify, establish, and maintain an appropriate number and configuration of large enclosures needed to support field-breeding and reintroduction efforts. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 1.2 Maximize the genetic and demographic characteristics of pygmy rabbits used for field-breeding efforts within the large enclosures. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Idaho, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Reintroduction, Research: Population Surveys, Research: Demographic Studies, Management: Population Monitoring Graduate Student, Species Expert Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 1.3 Following each breeding season, determine the feasibility and need to maintain any captive-bred, enclosure-bred, and/or wild-caught pygmy rabbits within one or more of the large enclosures to support future reintroduction efforts. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Population Monitoring Species Expert Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 2 Reestablish free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit subpopulations within their historical distribution. Ongoing Current FY 2011 Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Cost estimates incorporated by sub-actions.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 2.1 Manage recovery emphasis areas. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 2.2 Provide supplemental features at release sites (e.g., pre-release pens, artificial burrows) to improve the survival of newly released animals, as necessary. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Funding needs for providing supplemental features will be reevaluated fall 2016.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 2.3 Identify appropriate source populations and translocate pygmy rabbits to support reintroduction efforts. Ongoing Not Current FY 2011 FY 2014 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State agencies Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected No need for translocated individuals at this time.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 2.4 Identify and release an appropriate number and type of pygmy rabbits needed to support reintroduction and/or augmentation objectives at the highest priority recovery emphasis area(s). Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected This subaction is incorporated into the entries for subactions 2.1 � 2.3. Also, see actions 1.1, 3.1, and 5.5.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3 Survey for, monitor, and assess free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Population Monitoring Volunteer, Graduate Student, Species Expert Cost estimates incorporated by sub-actions.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.1 Search for any remaining wild subpopulations. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Funding needs for future surveys for remaining wild subpopulations will be re-evaluated in 2018. Wild populations are surveyed for on a as funds allow basis.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.1.1 Prioritize and document potential search areas based on likelihood of identifying previously unknown occurrences. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Species Expert Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 3.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.1.2 Continue to survey public properties within the highest priority area(s). Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Species Expert Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 3.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.1.3 Continue to contact landowners and managers within the highest priority area(s) and pursue conservation agreements to undertake surveys and, as appropriate, implement monitoring and management measures for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Other Species Expert Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 3.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.2 Monitor free-ranging subpopulations and document their status. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected WDFW conducts annual winter surveys to monitor released and "wild" born rabbits. Funding for this activity should be re-evaluated in FY19.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.2.1 Monitor the survival and movements of all captive-bred, enclosure-bred, and translocated wild pygmy rabbits released within the recovery emphasis areas. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 3.2 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.2.2 Track and manage released pygmy rabbits that may disperse beyond recovery emphasis areas . Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 3.2 above. As of FY17, the majority of the wild population has moved off of SBFRA and is located on adjacent CRP.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.3 Monitor and manage, as feasible, the genetic and epigenetic diversity of free-ranging subpopulations. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Idaho, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Active cooperative agreement with University of Idaho to monitor genetics of pygmy rabbit population within and outside of enclosures.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.3.1 Obtain tissue and/or non-invasive (e.g., fecal pellet) samples of any reestablished and remnant pygmy rabbit subpopulations to assess and monitor their genetic and epigenetic characteristics. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 3.3 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 3.3.2 Implement management measures to adjust genetic and epigenetic characteristics, as appropriate based on overall program objectives. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 3.3 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 4 Protect free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Cost estimates incorporated by sub-actions. Needs for continuing active protection measures will be reevaluated fall 2018.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 4.1 Evaluate and address, as feasible, the potential effects of predators on free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 4.1.1 Remove or manage potential predator attractants at occupied sites that could be used as perches, cover, or supplemental food sources (e.g., power poles, old fences, outbuildings, unused equipment, spilled grain, refuse) to reduce the occurrence of local predators, as necessary. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 4.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 4.1.2 Monitor predators at release sites and, as feasible (e.g., contingent on conservation agreement conditions), implement interim predator control measures to minimize loss of newly released animals. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 4.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 4.2 Monitor for diseases and, as feasible, implement measures to treat and/or reduce the risk of infection and transmission in free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Management: Other Labor type not yet selected
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 4.4 Enforce Federal regulations that protect Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits from unauthorized �take� (e.g., killing, harm, harassment [see Glossary]). Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Other Species Expert TBD
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 5 Manage habitats at recovery emphasis areas and intervening properties (as feasible) to support stable, self-sustaining subpopulations of free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Cost estimates incorporated by sub-actions.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 5.2 Protect habitats at recovery emphasis areas and, as feasible, intervening properties. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Long-term needs to protect habitats will be re-evaluated in 2016.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 5.2.2 Continue to work with local landowners and managers to develop fire management plans and, as appropriate, implement measures to reduce the risk of catastrophic loss of important shrub steppe habitat (e.g., provide firebreaks, monitor and control ignition sources, develop agreements with local fire districts). Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Management: Other Species Expert Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.2 above (see below for action 5.2.1). Sutherland Canyon fire in 2017 burned through Beezly Hills enclosure. Science team will be addressing fire risk directly in Fall 2017.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 5.2.3 As necessary, provide exclusion fencing at recovery emphasis areas to protect habitats from unauthorized access and potentially negative impacts. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Posted signs and restricted motorized access on some of the WLA roads. Gated private landowner's roads at BH REA. Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.2 above (see below for action 5.2.1).
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 8 Secure funding for Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit recovery efforts. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, All Stakeholders, Other Federal Agencies Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Continuing efforts to secure long-term funding will be re-evaluated 2019.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 8.1 Continue cooperative efforts with a diverse group of stakeholders, other interested parties, and the general public in recovery planning for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, including landowners and managers of existing and potential future recovery emphasis areas and intervening properties. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, All Stakeholders Management: Other, Other Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 8 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 8.2 Establish a cooperative framework for matching and cost-sharing Federal and non-Federal funding sources. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, All Stakeholders Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 8 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 1 8.3 Establish research and management connections between experts in pygmy rabbit biology and the greater shrub steppe ecosystem through publications and presentations addressing pygmy rabbits and their associated habitats. Ongoing Current FY 2016 FY 2019 Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 8 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 2.5 Update the Reintroduction and Genetic Management Plan, as necessary, to account for survey and monitoring results, and development and implementation of adaptive management measures. Ongoing Not Current FY 2020 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research: Population Assessment, Research: Other Information Graduate Student, Species Expert Funding needs for updating Reintroduction and Genetic Management Plan will be reevaluated fall 2018.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 3.4 Continue to develop and refine abundance indices of overall and effective population sizes based on counts of active burrows or other survey and monitoring techniques, as appropriate. Ongoing Not Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Idaho, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Research: Population Assessment, Research: Management Techniques, Research: Genetics Graduate Student, Species Expert Costs incurred 1 year in 5.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 4.3 Identify and minimize the effects of human activities on Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits at recovery emphasis areas and, as feasible (i.e., contingent on conservation agreement conditions), intervening properties. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Initiated meetings with FCCD to prioritize potential MSGCP participants based on proximity to REAs and likelihood of CBPR dispersal onto property. Provided training to FCCD and other agency staff on CBPR habitat in order to better identify potential habitat and educate landowners. Sent letter to landowners considered "intervening properties" regarding availability of ESA tools (MSGCP and SHA) providing regulatory protection.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 4.3.1 Avoid development of new, or expansion of existing roads and trails, and restore habitats on obsolete roads and trails at occupied sites. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 4.3 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 4.3.2 Protect burrow complexes at occupied sites from disturbances and direct impacts due to existing and proposed land use practices (e.g., grazing management, recreational use, research projects), except under experimental conditions designed to further evaluate the practice(s). Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 4.3 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.1 Continue to investigate and refine estimates of the quantity and quality of habitats needed to support a viable subpopulation of free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Long-term needs to investigate and refine habitat estimates will be re-evaluated in 2016.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.1.1 Document habitat use patterns of free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits at recovery emphasis areas (e.g., forage selection, condition, and quality; cover requirements; seasonal movements). Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.1.2 As feasible (i.e., contingent on conservation agreement conditions), evaluate contributions to recovery emphasis areas from available habitats on intervening properties, including any that are managed pursuant to programs administered by USDA (e.g., Conservation Reserve Program). Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.1 above. Wild population at SBF has moved entirely onto adjacent CRP fields.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.1.3 Develop and continue to refine criteria for evaluating and establishing appropriate management and habitat conditions for pygmy rabbit dispersal corridors. Not Started Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.1.4 Develop and refine habitat models (e.g., Habitat Suitability Index) for Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits at both local and landscape scales. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected WDFW has developed a beta model of habitat suitability. Currently being ground truthed and tested.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.1.5 Through coordination with the SAG and other stakeholder parties, solicit expertise (e.g., biological, ecological, management) to identify and prioritize appropriate research objectives and methodologies that will inform continuing development and refinement of habitat and population estimators and modeling exercises. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.2.1 Monitor changes in habitats through remote sensing, ground surveys, and mapping. Ongoing Not Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs incurred 1 year in 5.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.3 Continue to investigate and, as feasible, implement enhancement and restoration measures to improve habitat quantity and quality for Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit subpopulations at recovery emphasis areas. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected The need to continue investigating and implementing habitat enhancement and restoration measures will be evaluated in 2016.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.4 Document methods, treatments, timing, and results of all habitat enhancement, restoration, and protection projects undertaken for free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits and maintain those records to facilitate long-term habitat monitoring. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Costs incurred 1 year in 5.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.5 As necessary to achieve near-term recovery objectives, continue to identify, assess, and prioritize potential recovery emphasis areas and, as appropriate, formally establish additional recovery emphasis area(s) and provide recommendations to address habitat management needs at these sites. Ongoing Not Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected The need for identifying and formally establishing potential future recovery emphasis area(s) will be reevaluated in 2016.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.5.1 Continue to collect site-specific habitat information at all potential recovery emphasis areas. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.5 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 5.5.2 Review management plans for public lands and, as feasible (e.g., contingent on conservation agreement conditions), other intervening properties affecting potential recovery emphasis areas to determine compatibility of the site(s) with pygmy rabbit conservation measures. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 5.5 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6 Pursue conservation agreements for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit with landowners and managers of intervening properties within the population�s historical distribution. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners, Other Federal Agencies, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Cost estimates incorporated by sub-actions. The need to develop and implement new non-Federal conservation agreements will be reevaluated 2016.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.1 Develop Site Plans under the existing SHA and issue associated Permits to non-Federal and non-WDFW landowners and managers of eligible properties. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners, Prospective Safe Harbor Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.1.1 Contact landowners and managers generally within 8 km (5 mi) of recovery emphasis areas to provide information on recovery efforts for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit and to address future management options for reintroduced animals that may disperse onto their properties. Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 6.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.1.2 Determine baseline (see Glossary) conditions and monitoring protocols, as necessary, for properties of any landowners or managers interested in participating in the SHA. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 6.1 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.3 Assist interested non-Federal and non-WDFW landowners and managers develop new HCPs, or otherwise assist with participation in existing HCPs, with regard to management practices that may result in incidental take of free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners, Foster Creek Conservation District, Prospective HCP participants, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.3.1 Develop measures to minimize and mitigate incidental take of Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits to the maximum extent practicable. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Private Landowners, Foster Creek Conservation District, Prospective HCP participants, Conservation Agreement Participants Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 6.3 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.3.2 Assist landowners and managers interested in participating in new or existing HCPs. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 6.3 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.4 Continue to coordinate recovery efforts with various Federal agencies pursuant to section 7 of the ESA and, as opportunities arise, implement measures to address Federal conservation initiatives for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Other Federal Agencies Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 6.5 Continue to identify and secure funding sources to assist interested landowners and managers with development of conservation agreements, implementation of recovery actions, and/or to otherwise provide incentives for participating in conservation efforts for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected TBD
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7 Exchange information with stakeholders and the general public to address concerns and increase support for Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit recovery efforts. Ongoing Current FY 2018 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, All Stakeholders, Other Federal Agencies Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Met with FCCD and agency partners in January. Met with agency managers from BLM, NRCS, FSA, FWS, WDFW, and WDNR for policy level meeting. Long-term information exchange and outreach needs will be re-evaluated in 2019.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.1 Continue to identify stakeholders and address issues of concern. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.1.1 Review history of comments at meetings, letters to the editor, and news stories to identify primary issues of concern to the general public regarding Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit recovery. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.1.2 Continue to develop and maintain lists of interested parties through public meeting sign-in sheets and submitted comments. Use these lists to develop notices for future meetings and/or targeted information mailings. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.2 Meet or otherwise contact stakeholders and other concerned parties to communicate recovery information and to solicit input. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Outreach and meeting with agricultural agencies (Natural Resource Conservation Services, WA DNR, Farm Service Agency, Foster Creek Conservation District, Sage Grouse Initiative) to allow for accurate information transfer to their constituents and update them on landscape management needs (i.e. rabbits in CRP). Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.2.1 Initiate and respond to communications with stakeholders. Ongoing Not Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.2.2 Organize and participate in additional public informational meetings with various stakeholders (e.g., county commissioners, industry groups, conservation organizations) at appropriate benchmarks, such as public comment periods and implementation of significant recovery actions. Ongoing Not Current Other All Stakeholders Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.2.3 Develop targeted mailings for key stakeholders to communicate as new information warrants and/or to solicit further input. Ongoing Current FY 2018 Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Letter went out to landowners RE: status of the project and availability of ESA tools available to them. Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 7.3 Engage local media through news releases and invitations to scheduled events to inform the public concerning recovery efforts for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. Ongoing Not Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Species Expert Subactions are incorporated into the entry for Action 7 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 9 Revise the Federal Recovery Plan to facilitate implementation of adaptive management measures considered necessary to achieve the phased recovery strategy. Ongoing Current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, All Stakeholders, Other Federal Agencies Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Quantitative recovery criteria adopted from WDFW Recovery Plan. Continuing needs to revise Recovery Plan will be evaluated 2020.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 2 9.1 Revise Implementation Schedule. Ongoing Current Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Subaction is incorporated into the entry for Action 9 above.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 3 3.5 Continue to assess and identify the appropriate sizes, number, distribution, and configuration of free-ranging subpopulations necessary to delist the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit pursuant to the ESA, and define criteria that would demonstrate that threats to the population are sufficiently ameliorated (also see actions 4, 5, and 6). Ongoing Current FY 2018 FY 2019 Other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Memo sent 5/11/2018 requiring quantifiable delisting criteria. Adopting WDFW delisting criteria. Recovery plan amendment Draft sent to Region and will be peer reviewed Fall 2018.
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 3 5.6 As feasible through conservation agreements, incentives, conservation easements, and/or willing acquisition or exchange, increase the size of recovery emphasis areas or otherwise develop and implement habitat protection measures at key occupied sites and/or identified dispersal corridors beyond established recovery emphasis area boundaries. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected TBD
Recovery Plan for the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment of the Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) F 1 Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (360) 753-9440 Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis 3 6.2 Develop and provide guidelines and technical assistance to interested landowners and managers to address management practices that could potentially affect free-ranging Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits (e.g., grazing regimes, recreational activities, restoration projects). Ongoing Current Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected TBD