2014 Life History Workshop

The intent of the Upper Columbia Life History Workshop was to provide participants with current information about general life history patterns that have been observed across the region as well as specific information on habitat use in each of the four subbasins (Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan). The workshop took place on April 16, 2014 in Wenatchee, WA. Over 80 people participated in the workshop including project sponsors, monitoring program representatives and researchers from the region, the Regional Technical Team (RTT), regional partners, and contractors. Participants shared information through informal panels, presentation, and discussion. The following key questions were addressed in the workshop:

1)     What do we know and what do we not know about the freshwater life history and habitat use of spring Chinook and steelhead in the Upper Columbia?

2)     What are the applications and implications of life history patterns and habitat use to habitat projects and recovery plan implementation?


9:00 AM Welcome & Introductions 
Derek Van Marter (UCSRB)
9:15 AM Life History Patterns and Habitat Use in the Upper Columbia- SESSION INTRODUCTION
Greer Maier (UCSRB)
9:30 AM Chinook and Steelhead Habitat Use and Behavior Tracy Hillman (BioAnalysts)
10:00 AM Spring Chinook and Steelhead Life History and Habitat Use by Subbasin Panel Discussion (see members below)
1:30 PM Overview of Bull Trout Life History
John Crandall (Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation)
2:00 PM Implications and Application of Life History and Habitat Use Information - SESSION INTRODUCTION Greer Maier (UCSRB)
2:15 PM Restoration Considerations Tracy Hillman (BioAnalysts)
2:30 PM Application of Life History and Habitat Use Information to Habitat Projects
Panel Discussion (see members below)
3:30 PM Implications of Carrying Capacity to Life History and Habitat Use
Todd Pearsons (Grant PUD) and Tracy Hillman (BioAnalysts)
4:00 PM Applying Life History Information Using Modeling
Jeremy Cram (WDFW), Eric Doyle (ICF International), and James Murphy (ISEMP)
4:30 PM Summary and Wrap-Up Greer Maier (UCSRB)



Name Date Presenter
Life History Patterns and Habitat Use in the Upper Columbia- SESSION INTRODUCTION 4/16/2013  Greer Maier (UCSRB)
Chinook and Steelhead Habitat Use and Behavior 4/16/2013  Tracy Hillman (BioAnalysts)
Life History of Bull Trout of the Upper Mid-Columbia Basin 4/16/2013  John Crandall (MSRF)
Implications and Application of Life History and Habitat Use Information - SESSION INTRODUCTION  4/16/2013  Greer Maier (UCSRB)
Restoration Considerations  4/16/2013  Tracy Hillman (BioAnalysts)
Carrying Capacity 4/16/2013  Tracy Hillman (BioAnalysts)
Using Life Cycle Models to Prioritize and Evaluate Actions
4/16/2013  Jeremy Cram (WDFW)
How the EDT Model Uses Life History Information 4/16/2013
 Eric Doyle (ICF)
Assessing impact of restoration on salmonid population dynamics in the Entiat with life-cycle models 4/16/2013
 James Murphy (ISEMP



Name Date Description
Upper Columbia Life History Workshop Notes 5/14/2014 Notes of workshop information and discussion including life history patterns, habitat use generally and by subbasin as well as topics such as restoration implications, carrying capacity, and modeling.  
Workshop Key Questions 4/16/2014 Key questions covered during panel discussions.
Workshop List of Relevant Literature  4/16/2014 List of relevant literature on Upper Columbia life history and habitat use.
Summer and Winter Ecology of Juvenile Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout in the Wenatchee River, Washington June 1989  A report by Don Chapman Consultants, Inc. funded by the Chelan PUD aimed at developing data useful for management agencies in planning. Report includes information on selected habitats on a seasonal and diel basis.
Population Structure, Status and Life Histories of Upper Columbia Steelhead, Spring and Summer/fall Chinook, Sockeye, Coho Salmon, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Non-migratory Rainbow Trout, Pacific Lamprey, and Sturgeon  February 2003 By Chuck Peven (Peven Consulting). This report defines the population structure, current and historic status, and life histories of “focal” fish species that inhabit the Columbia Cascade Province (CCP). Focal fish species are species of interest within the CCP that would benefit from restoration and conservation actions through the Subbasin Planning process. 
2013 Memo EDT Life History Model for Okanogan Steelhead  4/25/2013 By Eric Doyle (ICF) for the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT). ICF, working in collaboration with CCT and regional fisheries professionals, assembled and interpreted available data, knowledge, and professional opinion about steelhead population structure and life history diversity. This information was used to develop a set of behavioral forms and EDT input parameters for each of these forms, which are collectively referred to as an EDT life history model. The EDT life history model characterizes the spatial and temporal distribution of steelhead pathways within the EDT model environment, and the conditions those pathways experience. 
2013 EDT Okanogan Steelhead Habitat Status and Trend Report  12/1/2013 The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) and ICF International (ICF) have collaboratively developed a customized habitat status and trend analysis and reporting tool for the Okanogan subbasin. This tool integrates the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment Model (EDT) with quantitative habitat status and trend monitoring data collected by the Okanogan Basin Monitoring and Evaluation Program (OBMEP). This report presents the results of the initial analysis produced by the OBMEP/EDT integration platform for the Okanogan River population of summer steelhead (Oncorhychus mykiss gairdnerii).



Panel Name Affiliation
Life History Patterns and Habitat Use in the Upper Columbia
Casey Baldwin
 Confederated Tribes of the Colville (CCT)

Jeremy Cram
 Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
  John Crandall  Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation (MSRF)
  Tom Degroseillier  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  Tracy Hillman  BioAnalysts
  Chuck Peven  UC Regional Technical Team, Peven Consulting
  Charlie Snow  WDFW
  Keith Van den Broek  Integrated Status and Effectiveness Program (ISEMP)
Implications and Application of Life History and Habitat Use Information Casey Baldwin  CCT
  Amanda Barg  WDFW
  John Crandall  MSRF
  Jeremy Cram  WDFW
  Chris Fisher  CCT
  Tracy Hillman  BioAnalysts
  Chuck Peven  UC Regional Technical Team, Peven Consulting