National Forest Foundation

Requests for Proposals

Request for Information: Bill Williams Mountain Steep Slope Thinning, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Summary Overview
The National Forest Foundation and community partners are working to restore forests, reduce wildfire risk, and protect watersheds on National Forests in northern Arizona as part of the Northern Arizona Forest Fund program. On the Kaibab National Forest, the NFF, the Forest Service, Coconino County, and other project partners are working together to reduce the likelihood of high severity fire behavior on Bill Williams Mountain. For this effort, we are seeking your expert input on the application of unique and creative forestry techniques and approaches for tree harvesting and fuels reduction on steep slopes. Following detailed silvicultural prescriptions, trees and accumulations of existing downed forest fuels will be removed to achieve desired future conditions and fuel reduction goals as stated in the 2015 Record of Decision for the Bill Williams Mountain Restoration EIS. These restoration and fuels reduction efforts will help protect the greater Williams, Arizona community from direct impacts of wildfire and post-fire floods, while also helping to safeguard a renewable water supply, protect local economies, enhance wildlife habitat, maintain the mountain’s regal beauty and yield a myriad of other benefits.

Please note that this is a Request for Information, not a Request for Proposals.

Deadline:
Responses should be emailed by Friday, January 22, 2021

Contact:
Mark Brehl at mbrehl@nationalforests.org or 928.853.7578.

Request for Proposal: Bighorn Fire Suppression Repair and Early Detection of Noxious Weeds, Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Summary Overview
Forest Service policy mandates the Forest to minimize the establishment of non-native invasive species to prevent short and long-term degradation of burned areas. The combination of denuded soil and disturbance creates conditions highly favorable to invasion by weeds. Invasive weeds hinder the recovery of habitat, especially in arid and riparian ecosystems, by aggressive colonization. Non-native invasive weeds degrade the value of native plant communities for wildlife habitat and watershed function. Once established, non-native species can persist and spread, permanently altering habitat function and ecosystem stability.

The project work will take place on the Santa Catalina Ranger District located in Pima and Pinal Counties. Project work will include survey, inventory, and spot treatment of containment lines, staging areas/drop points and base camps associated with the Bighorn Fire. Up to 3 survey or treatment visits in each identified area will be performed.

Deadline:
Bids should be emailed by Wednesday January 27, 2021.

Contact:
Rebecca Davidson at rdavidson@nationalforests.org or 720.749.9008

Request for Proposal: PR Firm

Summary: To execute on the NFF's media strategy, achieving regular, positive, national media placements with measurable results. Media outlets can include broadcast, digital, and print.

While inspiring mainstream engagement has become more critical, it has also become more difficult. The NFF is grappling with its variety of goals, with a distracted public, fickle donor preferences, rapidly changing technologies, and a constant struggle to differentiate from better-known peer organizations. As a non-advocacy organization, our work often lacks the "drama" that draws journalistic attention. It has never been more critical for the NFF to take a deliberate and strategic approach to outbound media and brand management, ultimately capturing the heads, hearts, and dollars of individuals who will donate and engage with us.

What has continued to prove challenging is developing and executing a successful, proactive media strategy, journalist and outlet relationships, pitching and positioning the NFF as an expert in conservation, forestry, and public lands stewardship.

Deadline: Proposals due by Friday, February 12, 6:00 PM (EST)

Contact: Colleen Coleman at ccoleman@nationalforests.org or 360.516.7071

Request for Proposal: Cedar Bench Hand Thinning and Mastication, Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Summary Overview
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) has partnered with the Tonto National Forest, AZ Game and Fish Department, and the Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. to implement forest restoration activities on Cedar Bench as a part of the multi-faceted effort to treat nearly 6,000 acres of juniper grassland adjacent to key watersheds of the Verde and East Verde Rivers. Falling within the boundary of NFF’s Northern Arizona Forest Fund, this work on Cedar Bench will yield forest health and fire risk reduction benefits helping to improve watershed health and enhance protection of the residents of the greater Pine-Strawberry area from destructive wildfire and associated post fire impacts.

The National Forest Foundation is requesting bids from qualified vendors to conduct 1,032 acres of mastication and 267 acres of hand-thinning of trees and brush on and below Cedar Mesa.

Deadline:
Responses should be emailed by Monday, February 8, 2021.

Contact:
Mark Brehl at mbrehl@nationalforests.org or 928.853.7578.