South Selkirk Caribou Recovery
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Draft Management Plan Completed
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the Selkirk Caribou International Technical Work Group (SCITWG) have completed a draft South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan [click here to download the plan]. In August 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) contracted with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to lead the SCITWG in developing a draft management plan for South Selkirk Caribou.

After review of this draft plan, a final South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be incorporated in a Recovery Plan for the listed entity, at a future date. At that time, the USFWS will seek public comment on the entire Recovery Plan as part of the USFWS Recovery Planning process. This Management Plan is focused on the South Selkirk Subpopulation and will continue to be implemented.

The Kootenai Tribe and SCITWG are soliciting constructive comments focused on improving the draft South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan. Comments will be accepted through November 30, 2018. In particular, the SCITWG would like to know:
  • Are there significant oversights, omissions, or inconsistencies to the science and background information presented in Part 1 (Science / Background Summary)? If so, please provide specific appropriate citations or supporting information. Please briefly explain why this information should be included, or otherwise addressed, or corrected within the plan.

  • Are there specific additions or changes to Part 2 (Management Plan) that are supported by the science and background information presented in Part 1? If so, please provide specific recommendations and summarize the rationale for including those.

  • Are there near-term or longer-term actions that should be considered for inclusion in Part 3 (Implementation Plan)? If so, please briefly describe those actions and provide a brief rationale for including them.

Please submit written responses by November 30, 2018 to Norm Merz (Kootenai Tribe) at norm@kootenai.org. Your use of the attached comment form [click here to download the form] will facilitate the SCITWG review.

Recommendations for changes to Part 1 and Part 2 will be incorporated into a final South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan, as appropriate, and to the best of the SCITWG’s ability, prior to submitting the plan to the USFWS. Recommendations for additions to Part 3 will be reviewed by the SCITWG for inclusion in an updated implementation plan at the next SCITWG implementation meeting, planned for spring 2019.

Contact

Norm Merz, Wildlife Biologist
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
PO Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
208-267-3620
norm@kootenai.org
November 19th Briefing on the Draft South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan Announced

You are invited to attend a meeting on November 19, 2018 from 2 PM to 4 PM Pacific at the Kootenai Tribal Headquarters, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho [see map below] to hear a briefing from the Selkirk Caribou International Technical Work Group (SCITWG) on the draft South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan and current status of the South Selkirk Caribou Subpopulation. This meeting will include an opportunity for you to learn what is in the plan, ask questions, and learn about how this management plan will be used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SCITWG, and others.

If you are unable to attend this meeting in person, you can watch the presentations online and/or listen to the meeting. We will only be taking questions from those present in the meeting room, comments or questions from those not physically present should be submitted via the written comment form. Please note that due to the acoustics of the meeting room, the presenters may be difficult to hear.

Options for remote participation (view and/or listen to the presentations):
  • From PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/108160461
  • Or iPhone one-tap: +16699006833,,108160461# or +16468769923,,108160461#
  • Or by telephone: 1-669-900-6833 or 1-646-876-9923, Meeting ID: 108 160 461

The Tribal Headquarters are located at 100 Circle Drive, Bonners Ferry. See the map and directions below.

Choose a location
Head Office
100 Circle Drive, Bonners Ferry, ID
Going north on Highway 95/2, proceed through Bonners Ferry and over the bridge crossing the Kootenai River. Immediately after crossing bridge, turn left onto Chinook Street (If coming from the South, then turn right onto Chinook Street before the Kootenai River bridge). Follow Chinook Street and then turn left on Kaniksu Street (which runs in front of the hospital). Keep on Kaniksu Street for approximately a half mile as it drops down into the Kootenai River floodplain. Turn left at the Mission Road sign. Heading west across the floodplain, you’ll be looking at a treed knoll in the middle of the valley. As you drive up the knoll, you’ll pass the first left at the top, keep going straight until you meet a stop sign. Now turn to your left and proceed for 100 yards and you’ll come upon a large Blue building (with a triangle/pyramid shaped roof on east side) with a paved parking lot.
Overview of Draft Plan to be Presented at the KVRI Regular Meeting

The SCITWG will also present an abbreviated overview of the draft South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan to the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative (KVRI) at their regular meeting. The KVRI meeting begins at 7 PM at the Boundary County Extension Office (http://www.kootenai.org/kvri_mtg.html).

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Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
P.O. Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone: 208-267-3519

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