Results and Accomplishments
The Bull River Watershed Protection Project, launched in 2001, is one of many projects that are being undertaken within the lower Clark Fork watershed to satisfy Avista’s Clark Fort Settlement Agreement – developed as part of Avista’s relicensing of the Noxon and Cabinet Gorge dams. The agreement included representatives from 39 groups, and resulted in the development and implementation of 26 environmental protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures to address water quality, wetlands, fisheries, wildlife and other watershed resources.
In 2005 the Partnership permanently protected more than 1,800 acres of key wildlife habitat to establish the new Bull River Wildlife Management Area. The deal, negotiated by The Conservation Fund, leverages protection, mitigation, and enhancement funding from Avista’s Clark Fork Settlement Agreement with a $4.6 million Habitat Conservation Plan grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lands will be protected in perpetuity by the state Fish, Wildlife & Parks with conservation easements and are under conservation and recreation management by FWP and Avista. This deal represents one of the most effective examples of the Habitat Conservation Plan to date.