Next steps: updating our Columbia Region Action Plans
Our Action Plans guide FWCP investments in fish and wildlife projects, and are referenced annually by our regional Boards to track progress toward implementation, set annual priorities, and guide decision-making in setting out and approving the Annual Operating Plan for each region. Actions in our Action Plans are eligible for FWCP funding and align with our vision, mission, and geographic scope.
Final updated Action Plans will include priority actions that support the FWCP’s vision, mission and strategic objectives. Final, updated Action Plans for our Columbia Region will be available in August 2019.
Between March 25 and May 3, 2019 we hosted eight afternoon technical workshops, eight evening open houses, and two online information sessions, to discuss our draft priority actions and species of interest. We also received feedback forms at in-person sessions and online. Presentation slide decks and recordings of our information sessions are posted below.
A recording of our April 4 online information session is available here.
A recording of our April 30 online information session is available here.
We are now reviewing all input received and preparing draft Columbia Region Action Plans for public review. Our draft Action Plans will be posted here in mid-summer and then finalized after a two-week review. Our final updated 2018 Columbia Region Action Plans will be the basis of our 2019 grant intake (i.e. do not refer to past Action Plans) if you are submitting a grant application.
Columbia Region Action Plans
In the Columbia Region, the Basin Plan sets forth the strategic direction for the FWCP in the Columbia Region. It includes the vision, principles, policy context, and strategic objectives that form the foundation of the FWCP, as well as a short description of the Columbia Basin landscape, and an overview of the hydroelectric facilities and footprint impacts created by those facilities.
Action Plans identify priority actions for the restoration, conservation, and enhancement of fish and wildlife, and their habitats in the Columbia Region. Taken together, the Basin Plan and accompanying Action Plans present the FWCP priorities for investments in compensation activities within the Columbia Basin. These plans also guide regional Board funding decisions, as all funded projects must align with one or more Action Plan priorities.
Currently, there are six Action Plans in the Columbia Region:
- Large Lakes Action Plan
- Small Lakes Action Plan
- Species of Interest Action Plan
- Streams Action Plan
- Upland and Dryland Action Plan
- Riparian and Wetlands Action Plan
Action Plans were originally finalized in June 2012, with the exception of UKEEP, which was finalized in August 2014. The Riparian and Wetlands Action Plan was revised in September 2014, based on input received from stakeholders, and replaced the earlier (June 2012) version.