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Sample Design: West Branch LeClerc Creek Tributary 1 Westslope Cutthroat Trout Assessment
  • ID: 16997
  • State: Finalized
  • Owner: Nick Bean
  • Spatial Design Category: Simple Random Sample, Stratified
  • Sites in Design: 2
  • Has Location Privacy: No
  • Data Repository: Kalispel GEDMS
  • Version History: v1.0 Finalized (1/23/2024)

The details of this Sample Design, including all the parameters used to generate it, are included below. Sample designs must belong to a Study Plan.

Description

There are two components of this Sample Design: 1) abundance assessment, 2) spatial distribution (extent)

Within the stream being assessed, the habitat has been delineated into approximately 1 km reaches (stratum). Within each reach there are approximately 10-100m Sampling Units (sites). All reaches will be selected for the assessment, with a random (drawn) selection of 1-2 100m sites per reach.  Abundance assessments of the Westslope Cutthroat Trout population will be conducted within each selected project site. Prior to conducting the assessments, each site will be evaluated in the field to ensure it contains representative habitat; if not, an alternative randomly sampled site will be chosen If no fish are observed in a selected site, a secondary site within the reach will be assessed.

For the secondary component, single-pass electrofishing will be conducted in a non-random fashion within each reach to determine the spatial extent of the population; this is a simple presence/absence survey to define total extent (i.e., upstream, downstream).

The assessments will be conducted in a single event (one time) over the course of a two-week period (August-September timeframe) to ensure equal distribution of the population and limited movement.

Start Year

2024

End Year

2024

Study Plan

Kalispel Tribe Evaluation of Recovered Westslope Cutthroat Trout Populations in Graham Creek and West Branch LeClerc Creek Tributary 1 v1.0

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Area of Inference

Latitude, Longitude: 48.303767,-117.418659
Latitude, Longitude: 48.305227,-117.432919
Latitude, Longitude: 48.309647,-117.443616

AOI Notes

The project sites are located above an impassable culvert barrier. The resident fish population above this location is isolated.


Sample Sites
These are the unique sites that are participating in this sample design over the time period covered by the design.

Map of Sites

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Sampling Schedule
This section describes which sites are scheduled to be sampled in any given year, and (if applicable) the panel and stratum that the sample site belongs to.

Plan Description

Reach 1 is the lowest reach above the passage barrier at the road (culvert), where the non-native fish (i.e., Brook Trout) were mechanically removed, allowing native Westslope Cutthroat Trout to naturally reoccupy the remaining habitat. Within Reach 1, a minimum of one site will be assessed, but may be increased to two sites. Reach 2 is a mix of potions within the non-native fish management section and natural distribution of allopatric Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Assessments will be conducted in two sites within reach two: one within the managed section and one within the natural distibution section.

 


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