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The Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project is a multi-facetted effort encompassing a variety of forest health and fuels reduction activities planned across a 15,200-acre landscape. Located 4 miles from Williams, Arizona, the mountain creates the primary watershed and municipal water supply for the city. It provides a variety of unique plant and animal habitats, serves as an important recreation hub, and houses critical communications infrastructure perched atop its 9,170 foot tall peak.
Potential damages from a catastrophic wildfire occurring on the mountain and subsequent post-fire flooding within its watershed would devastate the mountain’s ecology as well as local infrastructure, water supplies and wreak additional downstream damages. Studies have conservatively estimated the costs of potential damages to be well over $400 million.
Following EIS approval in December 2015, work began “to improve the health and sustainability of forested conditions on and surrounding Bill Williams Mountain by reducing hazardous fuels and moving vegetative conditions in the project area toward the desired conditions.” Treatments on the mountain have included prescribed fire, hand-thinning, traditional ground based logging and specialized steep slope helicopter logging.
Last year in 2020, the project’s first mechanized steep slope operation was completed with 300 acres of thinning and fuels removal implemented utilizing helicopter yarding. This and future projects in subsequent years will continue to address the critical need to treat roughly 1,200 acres of high priority steep slope acres on the mountain and compliment both the ecological and fire/flood risk reduction benefits of the many other forest restoration and fuels reduction efforts occurring on and around Bill Williams Mountain.
Responses should be emailed by Friday, June 4, 2021.
Mark Brehl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928.853.7578
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is seeking qualified forestry contractors to mechanically treat 1,052 acres of ponderosa pine forest across two Mexican spotted owl (MSO) Protected Activity Centers (PACs) on the Coconino National Forest in fall 2021. This project is part of an important study evaluating the impacts of thinning and prescribed fire on the owl and its habitat. The Mexican spotted owl is listed as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act, with the primary threat being loss of habitat due to the increased risk of stand-replacing wildland fire. This project will significantly reduce the risk of stand-replacing crown fire within these three PACs.
If owls continue to utilize and successfully breed within these treated PACs during the monitoring period, it may help expand the ability of managers to treat hundreds of thousands of additional acres across hundreds restore forests and protect other PACs in the Southwest into the future. Treatment objectives include improving individual tree vigor and growth, enhancing species diversity, increasing stand-level structural diversity, and reducing ladder and canopy fuels that contribute to the initiation and spread of crown fire. This mechanical thinning operation will benefit the larger 4FRI project and can help inform decisions on how to treat hundreds of thousands of acres within other PAC’s.
Bids should be emailed by Wednesday June 30, 2021.
Mark Brehl at email@example.com or 928.835.7578
The National Forest Foundation (NFF), in partnership with the Umpqua National Forest, is repairing the Fairview Peak Lookout Tower on the Cottage Grove Ranger District. This lookout is 53-feet tall and was built in 1972. It still serves as a fire lookout, though staff have to operate from the ground in high wind events due to structural deficiencies. It has been closed to public use for several years. This project involves installing steel bracing, replacing lumber bracing, and installing a new roof. All work must follow Forest Service specifications. The project site is remote and will require knowledge and confidence of operating in similar locations. This project may require the use of a lift and/or be completed by climbers.
Responses should be emailed by Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Audrey Squires at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.751.5121.
The National Forest Foundation seeks to create inclusive language guidelines for internal and external use. The contractor will create a concise document detailing non-biased language standards including but not limited to words, phrasing, and proper usage of inclusive language relevant to NFF’s work.
Applications due on June 7, 2021.
Zoe Bommarito at email@example.com