CTUIR Umatilla River Priority Corridor Habitat Acquisitions IX

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Land or Easement Acquisition
Project ID16-Umat-01
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date03/01/2017
End Date12/31/2017
Last Edited10/21/2021
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The 2008 Umatilla River Corridor Acquisition project successfully secured the largest single remaining private ownership within the CTUIR’s priority anadromous fish acquisition area on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The PCSRF investment of $211,875 leveraged $172,270 in CTUIR Land Acquisition Program matching funds to make the first payment on the 1922.44 acre conservation acquisition. The lands included 21 separate tracts in Iskuulpa, Meacham and the Umatilla River watersheds including the confluence of Meacham Creek and the Umatilla River. Over 2.5 miles of spawning and rearing habitats for summer steelhead and spring Chinook salmon and 1.5 miles of ephemeral tributary habitat were permanently added to the tribe’s conservation land base. This included ¾ of a mile of Iskuulpa Creek within the Iskuulpa Watershed Project that was threatened with development and over 550 acres of harvestable timberlands.

The CTUIR sequentially retired the debt on this property using PCSRF over 9 years. The final payment for the Tubbs Acquisition was made on March 9th, 2017 (payment was made when funds were available). This completes the permanent conservation of 1922.44 acres and this phase of the project. The CTUIR sequentially retired the debt on this property using PCSRF over 9 years

Project Benefit    

The acquisitions protect watersheds and floodplains providing habitat for Threatened summer steelhead, Threatened bull trout, reintroduced Chinook and Coho salmon, and selected terrestrial wildlife indicator species. This increases protection from development and resource extraction actions that might degrade aquatic habitats and limit fish production. They include properties adjacent to or within existing protected areas, increasing synergistic benefits.


Metric Completed Originally
Land Acquisition
  Acres Acquired or Protected 172.0 172.0
  Stream Bank Miles Acquired
  or Protected
16.00 16.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$226,299

Project Map


Tubbs Acquisition    

  • Worksite Identifier: Tubbs Acquisition
  • Start Date: 10/01/2016
  • End Date: 10/01/2017
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.70036
  • Longitude: -118.36093


  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 226,299.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 8.00
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Childs, Allen B., May 1996. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Wildlife Mitigation Plan for the John Day and McNary Dams of the Columbia River Basin. DeBano, Sandra and David Wooster, May 2004. Umatilla/Willow Creek Subbasin Plan.
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
      Fish Population Assessments – Fish population surveys are conducted every three years in the Umatilla Basin by the CTUIR Fisheries Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation (NPME) program (BPA #1990-005-01. The NPME program is funded by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Program. Surveys characterize fish diversity, distribution, abundance, and length frequency. Methods include electro-fishing stream habitat units (pools, glides, and riffles) and counting Threatened summer steelhead, and re-introduced Chinook and coho salmon redds three times throughout the specie’s respective spawning period. Water temperature monitoring and habitat monitoring is done as part of the Umatilla Basin Habitat Restoration Program funded by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program.
    •      . . C.10 Land or Easement AcquisitionY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.10.a Land acquisition funding 226,299.00
      •      . . . . C.10.b Habitat treatments applied (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.10.c.1 Acquisition or lease of land, wetland or estuarine area for conservationY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.2 Type of acquisition to protect habitat (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.3 Type of property protected (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.4 Date of expiration of protection12/31/9999 (mm/dd/yyyy)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.5 Miles of streambank protected by land or easement acquisition 16.00
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.6 Acres of land, wetland or estuarine area acquired 172.0