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

IFRMP Planning Effort Now Moves into Phase 5

Last updated: October 8 2021

The Integrated Fisheries Restoration and Monitoring Plan (IFRMP) restoration action prioritization, costing and monitoring results are the product of the coordinated efforts of a vast team committed to improving fishery restoration practices in the Klamath Basin. We are excited to have completed the bulk of the work for Phase 4 of IFRMP development and to soon be moving into stakeholder review of the draft plan [link to instructions tba] and on to Phase 5 of the planning process in 2022. The USFWS wishes to thank you, our great stakeholder team – more than one hundred and thirty (130) Federal Coordination Group and Sub-basin Working Group members – for contributing invaluable advice and data over the course of Phase 2 (2017-2018), Phase 3 (2019-2020) and Phase 4 (2020-2021).

Phase 4 of the IFRMP planning process (2020-2021) centered on three major tasks. First, generating cost estimates for the identified IFRMP restoration actions. Second, delivering monitoring plan recommendations that close key gaps in tracking basin-wide recovery affixed to status and trends Core Performance Indictors (CPIs) across all biophysical tiers. Ongoing monitoring of these CPIs will detect worrisome signals that could indicate the need for further diagnostic investigations and indicate when habitat conditions were improving in response to restoration efforts. Third, Phase 4 of the IFRMP planning process reviewed the alignment of IFRMP restoration actions and CPIs with other regional restoration Plans to ensure the IFRMP was filling important gaps and otherwise coordinating with what is being learned from these other initiatives.

Previous work during Phase 3 (2019-2020) of IFRMP development focused on developing and applying a multi-criterion scoring methodology for systematic, repeatable, and transparent ranking of Klamath Basin restoration actions for focal fish populations throughout all sub-basins of the Klamath Basin. This included refining Core Performance Indicators (CPIs) for consistently characterizing levels of watershed impairment at the basin-wide scale. The data and mechanics needed to execute this approach are unified in the web-based Klamath IFRMP Restoration Prioritization Tool.

We encourage you to take a look at the updated Tool after starting with the tutorial videos:

You can access the Klamath IFRMP Restoration Prioritization Tool here: http://klamath.essa.com/ (Guest Username: ifrmpguest / Guest Password: ifrmp2020). Note, the tool also supports user revision recommendations (as summarized in video 3) using sub-basin team logins. If you are a sub-basin working group member, and do not recall these credentials, please send us a request to klamath-ifrmp@essa.com.


Next Steps

After completing an interim participant review of the draft (Phase 4) Plan January 7 2022 - February 18 2022, and subject to further refinements and direction from the FCG and PSMFC the focus of Phase 5 (2022-2023) is anticipated to include the following tasks:

  1. Identify cost ranges to close priority monitoring gaps.
  2. Refine initial implementability ratings for candidate restoration actions via participant validation survey to generate more granular, project-based implementabilty ratings.
  3. Create an Adaptive Management (AM) report card template to support bringing the IFRMP ‘to life’ during future implementation. This AM report card would be a key part of standard IFRMP bi-annual reporting during future envisioned Klamath Basin Adaptive Management symposia.
  4. We will design and conduct a IFRMP implementation workshop in summer/fall 2022. At this workshop, it will be critical to ensure balanced regional representation when reviewing restoration and monitoring priorities. The key outcome of this workshop would be a concise IFRMP implementation recommendation document to add to the IFRMP report.
  5. Final IFRMP Restoration Prioritization Tool updates and knowledge transfer.
  6. Building on the tasks above, we will conclude by producing an updated and final IFRMP document, with new subsections that summarize monitoring cost information, updated implementability ratings (i.e., adjusted priority sequence of restoration actions), links to the AM report card template, final monitoring plan recommendations and links to IFRMP implementation recommendations generated by the implementation workshop.

Once this additional information is incorporated into the Plan document in 2022 (or 2023), we will have as complete a picture as possible at the moment of what it will take to restore the Basin; we will have good estimates on what it will cost to do the work in each sub-basin; and, we will have an approach for coordinated monitoring.  While we cannot make any commitments at the moment, we are also looking for ways to identify additional funding to help support participation by those who might need financial assistance for ongoing engagement with these ongoing planning efforts.

Please be on the lookout for more details on next steps in the IFRMP planning process. As always, please reach out to our team should you have any questions or concerns. Contact us via email at: klamath-ifrmp@essa.com.

Previously Completed Plan Components:
Draft [TBA - In Review] Klamath IFRMP Document (Phase 4) - Jan 7, 2022 (338MB PDF)

Klamath IFRMP Restoration Prioritization Tool (Phase 3) – June 2020
Guest, read-only access:
username: ifrmpguest
password: ifrmp2020

Prioritization methods explainers (Phase 3) – Feb 2020
Accessible with sub-basin team logins

Provisional Draft Klamath IFRMP Document (Phase 2) - Oct 15, 2019 (8MB PDF)
Klamath IFRMP Synthesis Report (Phase 1)- Aug 14, 2017 (20MB PDF)

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.


Background

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: the IFRMP is a planning document that will help inform and guide restoration practitioners and agency resource managers alike. However, nothing in the 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.


Plan Coordination & Working Groups

Sub-basin teams as of Jan 2020 – 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)
Robert Clarke  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Mike Edwards  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Shari Witmore  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Terrance Conlon  United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Jenny Ericson  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Bob Pagliuco  NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Megan Skinner  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
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)
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 Sr. Project Manager / Lead Facilitator
Natascia Tamburello Associate Project Manager / Restoration Cost Lead 
Cedar Morton Restoration Cost Co-lead
Darcy Pickard Monitoring Component Lead 
Marc Porter Monitoring Component Co-Lead
Hugh Stimson Klamath IFRMP Prioritization Tool Developer
Matthew Bailey Klamath IFRMP Prioritization Tool Developer
Laurelle Santana Communication Liaison
COSTING - R1 - Upper Basin
Clayton Creager  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Eric Reiland  Bureau of Reclamation
Leigh Ann Vradenberg  Klamath Watershed Partnership
Mark Buettner  Klamath Tribes
Mark Johnson  Klamath Water Users Association
Melissa Olson  The Nature Conservancy
Tyler Hammersmith  US Fish & Wildlife Service
COSTING - R2a - Upper-Mid Klamath River
Barry McCovey  Yurok Tribe
Bob Pagliuco  NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Charles Wickman  Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Eric Reiland  Bureau of Reclamation
Jon Grunbaum  Klamath National Forest
Mitzi Wickman  Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Ryan Fogerty  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Toz Soto  Karuk Tribe
COSTING - R2b - Mid-Upper Basin
Ada Fowler  California Trout
Amy Campbell  The Nature Conservancy
Betsy Stapleton  Scott River Watershed Council
Bill Pinnix  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Eli Scott  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Ethan Brown  Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District
Grant Johnson  Karuk Tribe
Karuna Greenberg  Salmon River Restoration Council
Leroy Cyr  Six Rivers National Forest
Matt Parker  Siskiyou County California
Michael Belchik  Yurok Tribe
Rod Dowse  Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District
Ryan Fogerty  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Toz Soto  Karuk Tribe
COSTING - R3 - Lower Basin
Barry McCovey  Yurok Tribe
Bill Pinnix  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Chad Abel  Bureau of Reclamation
Dan Gale  Arcata USFWS Office PFW Program
Eric Reiland  Bureau of Reclamation
Gregory Schrott  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Justin Alvarez  Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries
Kyle de Julio  Yurok Tribe
Mike Dixon  Bureau of Reclamation
Nick Hetrick  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Oliver Rogers  Bureau of Reclamation
Sarah Beesley  Yurok Tribe
MONITORING - SA1 - Watershed Inputs & WQ
Chauncey Anderson  United States Geological Survey - Water Science Center
Clayton Creager  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Crystal Robinson  Quartz Valley Indian Reservation
Eli Scott  North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Grant Johnson  Karuk Tribe
Jacob Kahn  Aquatic Ecosystems Sciences
Mark Buettener  Klamath Tribes
Megan Skinner  US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Olivia Stoken  Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality
Randy Turner  Klamath Basin Monitoring Program
MONITORING - SA2 - Fluvial Geomorphology
Betsy Stapleton  Scott River Watershed Council
Brian Cluer  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Chauncey Anderson  United States Geological Survey - Water Science Center
Conor Shea  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Dave Gaeuman  Yurok Tribe
Eric Reiland  Bureau of Reclamation
George Pess  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Karuna Greenberg  Salmon River Restoration Council
Sarah Beasley  Yurok Tribe
MONITORING - SA3 - Fish Habitat & Connectivity
Alex Corum  Karuk Tribe
Barry McCovey  Yurok Tribe
Benji Ramirez  Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Bill Pinnix  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Damon Goodman  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Erich Yokel  Scott River Watershed Council
George Pess  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Jacob Krause  USGS Klamath Falls Field Station
Jon Grunbaum US Fish & Wildlife Service
Josh Rasmussen  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Karuna Greenberg  Salmon River Restoration Council
Kurt Bainbridge  California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Kyle DeJulio  Yurok Tribe
Leroy Cyr  Six Rivers National Forest
Mark Buettener  Klamath Tribes
Mark Hereford  Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Mark Johnson  Klamath Water Users Association
Maureen Purcell  USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands Region
Ryan Fogerty  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Sarah Beasley  Yurok Tribe
Ted Wise  Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tommy Williams  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Toz Soto  Karuk Tribe
Wade Sinnen  California Department of Fish & Wildlife
MONITORING - SA4 - Biological Interactions
Anne Voss  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Benji Ramirez  Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Dr Julie Alexander  Oregon State University
Grant Johnson  Yurok Tribe
Justin Alvarez  Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries
Kurt Bainbridge  California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Maureen Purcell  USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands Region
Nicholas Som  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Ryan Fogerty  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Sascha Hallett  Oregon State University
Scott Foott  US Fish & Wildlife Service
Wade Sinnen  California Department of Fish & Wildlife

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