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					                     BLUE MOUNTAIN LAND TRUST
              S T E W A R D S HI P P L A N - M A R T I N P R O P E R T Y

P R O P E R TY D E SC R I P TI O N
         Name of Landowner: Bryan Martin
         Property Location: Approximately 2 miles south west of Dayton off Highway
         12 along the Touchet River.
         Property Description: approximate 35 acre easement on both sides of the River.
         The landowner is interested in protecting an area encompassing the river and
         riparian area.
         Parcel # 2-010-38-035-3740, 2-009-38-002-2280 Acreage: 37

       Plant Community Type(s): riparian, agriculture (field cultivated in grasses for
              grazing),
       Aerial Photo (showing property boundaries; see attached)

           The landowners would like to continue grazing the property but is interested
       in moving the current exclosure fencing to allow additional (75 feet total)
       protection of the river habitat from grazing. It is expected at this time that the
       easement boundary will cover some of the existing property and that grazing may
       be allowed on a certain portion of the land under easement and restricted within
       the 75 area, closer to the river. It is expected at this time that we will replant
       some riparian vegetation within that 75 foot fence and will work to maintain a 60-
       80% survival of the planted vegetation. We will otherwise promote a hands-off
       policy to management of the riparian vegetation on the property. A motorcycle
       track currently on the property will be removed and restored as part of the above
       mentioned revegetation project. To that end, BMLT plans to provide information,
       technical advice, and where possible, other assistance to the landowners to meet
       the stewardship goals outlined in this Stewardship Plan.


S TE WARDS HIP
       Riparian vegetation:
       A primary stewardship concern for the Martin property is the preservation and
       care for the riparian habitat on the property. Some low impact strategies for
       maintenance and long-term enhancement of the riparian zone include:

          1. Allowing natural processes such as flooding, snag creation, channel
             formation, natural revegetation, ect. to proceed without intrusions by
             humans.
          2. Maintaining permeable ground by limiting roads, foundations and roofs
             upon the fragile soils of the riparian area.
          3. Maintaining fencing where livestock have access to the riparian zone at the
             water gap and all along the riparian zone.
          4. Identifying and removing weeds from the riparian zone (see ‘Weeds’
              below). Prevent their spread by keeping motorized vehicles (ATVs and
              snowmobiles) and human caused disturbances out of the riparian zone.

      Weeds
      Weed control is an important stewardship goal on the Martin property.
      Prevention is the best weed management tool and the easiest to accomplish:
          1. Do not disturb the ground unless absolutely necessary.
          2. If the ground needs to be scratched, minimize the size of the disturbance
             and quickly replant with native species. Plantings require immediate and
             frequent watering.
          3. Restrict off road vehicles and other impactful activities. Decommission
             current motorcycle track.
          4. Become more acquainted with the plant species on the property so as
             to better identify invaders if/when they arrive


          The following weed plan will best provide for long-term management of
      existing weed populations on the property:
          1. Inventory: Map and/or photograph the extentance of infestation for
             Columbia County Noxious Weed Control Board Class A and Class B
             species as started in the Baseline Survey.
          2. Control:
             a. Hand pulling is the best alternative in the riparian zone as well as near
                the home site and agricultural zone. For any weed species, use Inventory
                results to define a perimeter and work from the outside of a patch
                towards the center.
             b. Biocontrol agents have been released in the area and may already be
                hard at work combating weeds on the property.
             c. Chemical control is another alternative useful in certain situations when
                weed species have first invaded and can be spot sprayed for removal or
                when an entire area can be cultivated and replanted to native species.
          3. Monitoring: Seasonally evaluate progress by remapping and/or
             rephotographing. This will demonstrate trends, successes, and failures, and
             lead to changes if necessary.


Other topics to be discussed for stewardship
      Water
      Roads
      Grazing
      Rare plants/animals
Agriculture
Education
Reserved homesite development

				
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