Wildlife Program

The Wildlife Program of the Tribe's Natural Resources Department is responsible for protecting and preserving the wildlife resources throughout the aboriginal lands of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. It is important that the wildlife resources that the Coeur d'Alene people are dependent upon for subsistence, religious, cultural, and recreational purposes are perpetuated for future generations. Protection and enhancement of wildlife habitats to support the needs of various wildlife species as well as Tribal members is the primary strategy employed by the Program. Other activities undertaken by the Program include species population inventory, monitoring and management, incident management, administration and enforcement of Tribal hunting programs (both on and off Reservation), publication and distribution of Tribal regulations, the monitoring of State hunting programs, and the promotion of wildlife interests in all land management activities on the Reservation.

Bonneville Power Administration
Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project

The construction of the Albeni Falls Dam hydroelectric facility on the Pend Oreille River in the Columbia basin resulted in the inundation of key wildlife habitats. The resultant habitat loss was quantified and a ledger based crediting system was adopted to offset those loses.

The primary goal of the Albeni Falls Project is to offset the terrestrial and aquatic habitat losses incurred by the Albeni Falls dam via subsequent construction and inundation. The agencies responsible for mitigating these losses are: The Coeur d' Alene Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Kootenai Tribe, and the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game under the collective Albeni Falls Workgroup Memorandum of Agreement. Proposed projects are ranked and evaluated by the workgroup for consistency in scope of mitigation efforts as they apply to appropriate replacement habitats. Other valuations include: cost-effectiveness, fish benefits, and immediacy of threat, location, connectivity and long-term management potential. All activities conducted under on this project are under the auspices of the Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project Memorandum of Understanding between the Tribe and BPA that was signed in 2001.

Most, if not all, targeted acquisitions to offset loses will occur within the Coeur d' Alene sub-basin as part of Tribal land management expediency effort (cost-effectiveness) and suitable commensurate habitat acquisition opportunities.

As of January 2005 two parcels of land have been acquired under the Albeni Falls Project:

  • Goose Haven Lake Property-646 acres consisting of low lying wetlands and forested uplands and the St. Joe River, located north of St. Maries
  • Benewah Creek/Johnson Property-411 acres consisting of low lying wetlands along Benewah Creek and forested uplands located in the Benewah Creek Drainage

Goose Haven Lake property during high water, March 2004

Bonneville Power Administration
Lake Creek Property Enhancement

As part of the first 3-year Provincial Rolling Review in 2000, the Tribe identified a series of target areas for protection and restoration based on a variety of factors and the scope of the Project was changed from it's initial focus on a single property to encompassing a number of priority properties that allowed for flexibility in accomplishing the objectives of mitigating the Tribe. In 2002, a portion of the funds originally allocated to purchase an initial targeted parcel were used to purchase the 147.6 acre Windy Bay Property, which lies at the mouth of Lake Creek and at the head of Windy Bay on the west shore of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

Loon nesting platform off the mouth of Lake Creek, April 2005.

In 2004, the project centered on initiating management actions on the Windy Bay Property and beginning assessments in preparation of a management plan for the property. In 2005 the project focuses on completion of the management plan and a continuation of protection actions for the Windy Bay Property, and the pursuit of fee title to additional properties in the Lake Creek Watershed to further reduce the Habitat Unit ledger that was initially associated with the Lake Creek Land Acquisition and Enhancement Project.

It is the intent of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to continue to fully implement projects designed to compensate the Tribe for losses due to the establishment of the Columbia River Federal Hydropower System. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe participated in the writing of a Sub-basin Plan for the Coeur d'Alene Sub-basin and the Tribe intends to implement projects consistent with the Coeur d'Alene Sub-basin Plan as soon as it is fully adopted. For the immediate future however, the Tribe intends to focus on managing the Windy Bay Property in a manner consistent with the protection and enhancement of the Habitat Units that can be derived from the Property and continue attempts to achieve the original goals of the Lake Creek Land Acquisition Project.



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