The Klamath Basin Integrated Fisheries Restoration and Monitoring Plan (IFRMP) will use the best available science within an Adaptive Management framework to develop basin-scale goals and objectives for the restoration and monitoring of fisheries within the Klamath Basin

Draft IFRMP document released October 15 2019, planning effort now moves into Phase 3

The peer reviewed version of the Draft Integrated Fisheries Restoration and Monitoring Plan (IFRMP) document is available here. The Draft Plan resulting from Phase 2 is focused on restoration of watershed processes and habitat – listing specific candidate restoration actions for each major sub-basin and the Klamath as a whole. This document includes improvements to the Plan document resulting from working group peer review between October 23 2018 to November 26 2018, a federal agency review in December 2018, and a follow-on working group peer review of the restructured Phase 2 Draft Plan from June 14 2019 to August 16 2019. The most recent review in summer of 2019 generated 661 comments from 23 commenters representing 15 organizations. We are grateful to all of these individuals for taking the time to share their insights and experience to improve the quality of the IFRMP. In addition to these peer reviews, the Plan continues to build on the foundation of broadly representative input from agencies and organizations who contributed during workshops, meetings and interviews 2017 - 2018.

We look forward to providing participants with an overview of the Phase 3 project on October 22 2019 9:30am – 11:30am PST (by invitation; information available from: Laurelle Santana. lsantana@essa.com). The focus of Phase 3 of IFRMP development will be on iterative application of a structured method for restoration action prioritization, including refining Core Performance Indicators at the sub-basin, sub-regional and basin-wide scales. To complete this work, it will be essential to elicit the support and expertise of basin fish population, water quality and fluvial geomorphology experts and managers. Phase 3 of Plan development is anticipated to run from October 2019 to December 31 2020.

The intent of the IFRMP is not to replace other existing planning efforts, but to address key gaps and strategically bring existing plans and planning efforts together using an adaptive management framework. The vision of the Klamath Basin IFRMP is to provide a unifying framework for planning the restoration and recovery of native fish species from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean, while improving flows, water quality, habitat and ecosystem processes. The IFRMP (or Plan) will serve as a blueprint that describes the highest priority watershed process and habitat restoration and monitoring actions that in combination with related restoration initiatives can help reverse the declines of multiple native Klamath Basin fish populations. The Plan will provide an answer to the basic question: given all we know; which habitat and watershed process restoration actions will provide the broadest possible benefits to native Klamath Basin fish species– throughout the Basin and within each sub-basin watershed. The IFRMP will also help inform the wise allocation of funds for restoration and monitoring work in the Klamath Basin. Funding to do broad scale restoration and monitoring work is limited so it is imperative to ensure that funds are used as strategically as possible to maximize the value of restoration efforts in the Basin.

Please note: this is a planning document that can help inform and guide restoration practitioners and agency resource managers alike. However, nothing in this Draft IFRMP constitutes an official federal agency position or obligation for current or future action. Implementation of any restoration activity depends on future appropriation of necessary funds, as well as cooperation and support of private landowners, states, Tribes, local governments and other organizations that call the Klamath Basin home.

Lastly, we continue to collect contemporary documents, plans, studies, and data related to fish habitat restoration and monitoring (including innovative concepts and approaches from similar planning efforts such as the Elwha). Documents and data collected during this process will be catalogued in the searchable Document Library on this website.

If you have relevant information you think should be included please contact us via email at: klamath-ifrmp@essa.com

Previously Completed Plan Components:
Draft Klamath IFRMP Document - Oct 15, 2019 (8MB PDF)
Klamath IFRMP Synthesis Report - Aug 14, 2017 (20MB PDF)

Plan Coordination & Working Groups

As of May 2019 - List subject to change

Map of Sub-regional Boundaries (pdf)
Federal Coordination Group
Matt Baun  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Chris Wheaton  Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC)
Tommy Williams  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ryan Fogerty  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Jim Simondet  NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Nick Hetrick  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Josh Rasmussen  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Robert Clarke  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Shari Witmore  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Basin-wide Technical Working Group
Chauncey Anderson  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Matt Baun  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Caitlin Bean  California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)
Michael Belchik  Yurok Tribe
Megan Skinner  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Clayton Creager  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Mike Edwards  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Robert Franklin  Fishwater Consulting
Ryan Fogerty  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Damon Goodman  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Nick Hetrick  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Mike Hiatt  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
Eric Janney  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Barry McCovey  Yurok Tribe
Bob Pagliuco  NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Bill Pinnix  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Josh Rasmussen  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Eli Scott  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Jim Simondet  NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Wade Sinnen  California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)
Toz Soto  Karuk Tribe
Chris Wheaton  Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC)
Tommy Williams National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ted Wise  Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
George Pess  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Greg Schrott  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Stan Swerdloff  Klamath Tribes
ESSA Core Team
Clint Alexander  Project Manager / Lower Klamath River Facilitation Lead
Andrea Hilton  
Dave Marmorek  
Cedar Morton  
Carol Murray  
Chris Perrin  
Darcy Pickard  
Marc Porter  Mid / Upper Klamath River Facilitation Lead
Laurelle Santana  
Natascia Tamburello  Upper Klamath Lake Facilitation Lead
Lower Klamath River Sub-regional Working Group
Jeff Abrams  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Chauncey Anderson  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Jenny Curtis  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Mike Edwards  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Gil Falcone  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Damon Goodman  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
George Kautsky  Hoopa Valley Tribe - Fisheries
Curtis Knight  California Trout
Ken Lindke  California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)
Barry McCovey  Yurok Tribe
Bob Pagliuco  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Bill Pinnix  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Wade Sinnen  California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)
Mid/Upper Klamath River Sub-regional Working Group
Julie Alexander  Oregon State University (OSU)
Chauncey Anderson  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Caitlin Bean  California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)
Andrew Braugh  California Trout
Bill Chesney  California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)
LeRoy Cyr  US Forest Service (USFS) - Six Rivers National Forest
Bobbie DiMonte Miller  US Forest Service (USFS) - Klamath National Forest
Mike Edwards  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Ryan Fogerty  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Forest Fortescue  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Robert Franklin  Fishwater Consulting
Susan Fricke  Karuk Tribe
Damon Goodman  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) - Arcata
Karuna Greenberg  Salmon River Restoration Council (SRRC)
Jon Grunbaum  US Forest Service (USFS), Klamath National Forest
Sascha Hallett  Oregon State University (OSU) - Bartholomew Lab
Will Harling  Mid Klamath Watershed Council (MKWC)
Preston Harris  Scott River Water Trust
Mark Hereford  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Mark Johnson  Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA)
George Kautsky  Hoopa Valley Tribe
Morgan Knechtle  California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)
Curtis Knight  California Trout
Robert Lusardi  California Trout / UC Davis
Barry McCovey Jr  Yurok Tribe - Fisheries
Elizabeth Nielsen  Siskiyou County Natural Resources (SCNR)
Bob Pagliuco  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Bill Pinnix  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) - Arcata
Ben Ramirez  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Crystal Robinson  Quartz Valley Indian Reservation (QVIR)
Sarah Rockwell  Klamath Bird Observatory
Eli Scott  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Matthew Sloat  Wild Salmon Center
Toz Soto  Karuk Tribe
Ed Stanton  Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District / Klamath Basin Monitoring Program (SVRCD/KBMP)
Betsy Stapleton  Scott River Watershed Council (SRWC)
Bill Tinniswood  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Charles Wickman  Mid Klamath Watershed Council (MKWC)
Ted Wise  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Erich Yokel  Scott River Watershed Council (SRWC)
Upper Klamath Lake Sub-regional Working Group
John Alexander  Klamath Bird Observatory
Chauncey Anderson  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Mark Buettner  The Klamath Tribes
Clayton Creager  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Mike Edwards  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Robert Franklin  Fishwater Consulting
Susan Fricke  Karuk Tribe
Mark Hereford  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Mike Hiatt  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
Megan Hilgart  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Eric Janney  US Geological Survey (USGS)
Mark Johnson  Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA)
Jacob Kann  Aquatic Ecosystem Sciences LLC
Christie Nichols  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) - Klamath Falls
Ben Ramirez  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Sarah Rockwell  Klamath Bird Observatory
Liam Schenk  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Nell Scott  Trout Unlimited
Megan Skinner  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Toz Soto  Karuk Tribe
Stan Swerdloff  The Klamath Tribes
Bill Tinniswood  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Randy Turner  Klamath Basin Monitoring Program (KBMP)
John Vradenburg  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Jonathan Warmerdam  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Ted Wise  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Shari Witmore  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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