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 Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 1 11 Secure the 160-acre parcel of land surrounding Borax Lake (T37S, R33E, Sec. 14). Complete Prior to FY 1995 Prior to FY 1995 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Land Acquisition Program, The Nature Conservancy Acquisition Contract TNC entered into a 10 year lease in 1983 which gave them management authority. The land was purchased by TNC in 1993.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 1 12 Secure the 160-acre parcel of land to the north of Borax Lake (T37S, R33E, Sec. 11). Complete Prior to FY 1995 Prior to FY 1995 Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Land Acquisition Program, The Nature Conservancy Acquisition Contract TNC aquired the land to manage it for conservation purposes in 1993.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 1 13 Withdraw Borax Lake waters from appropriation. Partially Complete Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy Acquisition: Withdrawal Contract With TNC's acquisition, surface waters on their land cannot be appropriated. ODFW filed for water rights in 1991 in order to insure maintenance of Borax Lake elevation. The water right was certified in 1998. Over the past 16 years, ODFW managers have not taken action to maintain the lake level and their water right which optimizes habitat conditions. ODFW has committed to maintain the water right to assure the elevation of Borax Lake is high enough for water to connect to the "marsh" area described in the listing rule. This habitat is important refuge habitat for Borax Lake chub when lake water temperature gets too hot for chub survival. Groundwater outside of the TNC land is still not protected. There are no direct costs to withdraw water from appropriation.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 1 211 Maintain check dams as long as necessary. Obsolete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract The Check dams are still in Place, but appear unnecessary as the area has revegetated and outflows have shifted more to the south (Williams and Mcdonald 2003).
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 1 32 Prevent alteration of Borax Lake shoreline. Complete Prior to FY 1995 Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Division, The Nature Conservancy Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation, Management: Land Use Contract In the past, the shoreline was chipped away to get water to irrigate area for livestock and was ceased when TNC aquired the land. To adjust the lake levels after teh shoreline was chipped, ODFW installed sand bags at the outlets to maintain the lake water elevatio so that water flowed out of the southeast edge into the area described as the "marsh" and which provides additional habitat for Borax Lake chub. This habitat serves as refuge when the lake water temperature is elevated. The ODFW aquirerd a water right at the lake for conservation purposes which is set at 4,081 feet, an elevation which should provide water to the marsh. The estimated agregate flow is 2 cfs which is intended to flow into the marsh, but allow excess flow out of the north side of the lake for important water bird nesting habitat.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 1 36 Close critical habitat to mineral or geothermal exploration. Complete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acquisition: Easement Internal Administrative Steens Cooperative Management Act of 2000 withdrew Borax Lake and surrounding Federal land area from mineral entry or geothermal exploration or development. The withrawal affects BLM land, but would not affect surrounding private lands. No direct cost as this is an administrative action.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 212 Remove check dams when natural barrier has been restored. Obsolete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other The Nature Conservancy Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Contract Task may not be completed until FY4 or FY5 Check dams appear no longer necessary (Williams and Mcdonald 2003). Removal may not be necessary, as the area is re-vegetated.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 22 Fill in middle and lower portions of ditch between Borax Lake and Lower Borax Lake. Complete Prior to FY 1995 FY 2000 - FY 2004 Other U.S. Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Field Assistance Task will be completed when natural marsh is re-established and manipulation of water flows are no longer present. Curren conditions appear to be stable. Water no longer flows in te southwest ditch. it is partially filled with silt and vegetation. Williams and Mcdonald rate this action as fully implemented in 2003.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 31 Erect a fence around the 640-acre critical habitat parcel. Complete Prior to FY 1995 Other U.S. Bureau of Land Management Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Field Assistance Fence has been erected by BLM. BLM plans to reconstruct portions of the fence. The fence appears to be maintained. Additional work to limit vehicle entry has been completed by BLM. BLM installed te fence with gate and locked it in 2012 to prevent vehicle access.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 33 Prevent access road improvements. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other U.S. Bureau of Land Management Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Technical Assistance BLM does not know of maintainance of the access road (Williams and Mcdonald 2003). No direct cost associated with this action.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 37 Prevent use of herbicides and insecticides within critical habitat. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Field Assistance TNC and BLM do not plan to use herbicides or insecticides in the area (Williams and Mcdonald 2003). No direct cost as this is an administrative action.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 42 Monitor physical characteristics of the habitats. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Division, The Nature Conservancy Research: Habitat Status Contract Monitoring has been conducted annully by ODFW since 2005 to 2016. Several studies of physical characteristics have been completed over the years (see Williams and Mcdonald 2003 for list).
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 43 Monitor fish population. Ongoing Current FY 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy Research: Population Surveys Contract Seasonal population estimates during first two years; annually thereafter. Completed 1985-1997. Population estimates have been conducted annually 2005-2012, and 2014-2015. The population in 2015 was estimated at approximately 1,200 fish. ODFW plans to conduct another poulation estimate in 2016.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 2 61 Enforce applicable State and Federal laws. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Police, Game Division, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Law Enforcement Division Other: Law Enforcement Internal Field Assistance Laws have been enforced. Remote area not typically visited by law enforcement personnel (Williams and Mcdonald 2003).
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 3 34 Close critical habitat to vehicle use. Complete FY 2012 FY 2012 Other U.S. Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy Management: Other Internal Administrative The BLM completed a fence with gate and closed off the area to vehicle access. TNC has implemented the closure by posting access guidelines on their website. There have been reports of vehicles entering the area, despite the closure. No direct cost as this is an administrative action.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 3 35 Close critical habitat to livestock grazing. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other U.S. Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy Management: Land Use Internal Technical Assistance Portions of teh critical habitat are fenced and exclude livestock, but other portions are still open to grazing. No direct cost associated with this action.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 3 41 Monitor water quality. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other The Nature Conservancy Research: Habitat Status Contract For first two years monitor water monthly; quarterly thereafter. Several studies were completed during the 1980s and 1990s (Williams and Mcdonald 2003). ODFW has conducted seasonal water temperature monitoring since 2005.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 3 44 Monitor invertebrate populations. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy Research: Ecosystem Studies Contract For first year, monitor invertebrates monthly, every 2 or 3 years thereafter. Several studies of macroinvertebrates were completed. Rare snails and caddisfly were documented. No additional surveys have been conducted. (see Williams and Mcdonald 2003).
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 3 51 Provide information to press. TV and radio. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Division, The Nature Conservancy Other: Information and Education Internal Administrative No direct cost known for this action. Sveral articles and media coverage have occured (Williams and Mcdonald 2003). Coverage event occured in September 2006 with Oregon Public Broadcasting (archive available online). TNC takes tours to the lake and provides information on their website.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 3 52 Widely distribute recovery plan. Complete Prior to FY 1995 Prior to FY 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Division, The Nature Conservancy Management: Habitat Maintenance and Manipulation Internal Administrative No direct cost. FWS to provided other agencies with copies for distribution. Widely distributed when completed in 1987 (Williams and Mcdonald 2003). Now available through the World Wide Web on ECOS web site.
Recovery Plan for the Borax Lake Chub (Gila boraxobius) F 1 Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office (503) 231-6179 Borax Lake chub Gila boraxobius 3 62 Evaluate effectiveness of applicable laws and regulations. Ongoing Current Prior to FY 1995 Other Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Division Other: Law Enforcement Internal Administrative Task completed every two years. Reviews have been completed but not analyzed or published (Williams and Mcdonald 2003).