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Title: Supplement Analysis for the Wildlife Mitigation Program EIS (DOE/EIS-0246/SA-40)

Abstract

BPA proposes to fund the acquisition of two parcels in Benewah County, Idaho with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. These parcels encompass approximately 475 acres of riparian and potential riparian habitat along Hangman Creek on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation. The goal of this project is to protect, mitigate, and enhance wildlife affected by the construction and operation of the Federal hydroelectric facilities on the Columbia River. The current proposal includes only the fee title acquisition of these parcels; habitat enhancement activities will likely be carried out by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in the future following the development of a management plan(s) for the lands.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Bonneville Power Administration (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of NEPA Policy and Assistance (EH-42) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
827552
Report Number(s):
DOE/EIS-0246/SA-40
TRN: US200430%%1953
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 16 Jul 2004
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS; ENDANGERED SPECIES; HABITAT; CULTURAL RESOURCES; BENEWAH COUNTY, IDAHO; RIPARIAN HABITAT; PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT; HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES

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N /A. Supplement Analysis for the Wildlife Mitigation Program EIS (DOE/EIS-0246/SA-40). United States: N. p., 2004. Web. doi:10.2172/827552.
N /A. Supplement Analysis for the Wildlife Mitigation Program EIS (DOE/EIS-0246/SA-40). United States. doi:10.2172/827552.
N /A. 2004. "Supplement Analysis for the Wildlife Mitigation Program EIS (DOE/EIS-0246/SA-40)". United States. doi:10.2172/827552. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/827552.
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