REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

            FOR HARVEST OF TIMBER AND OTHER FOREST PRODUCTS
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2. RFP OBJECTIVE

The State's principal objective for this RFP is to promote the harvest and subsequent utilization
of tim...
Table 1. 1997 Forest inventory data summary for the WTMA. Merchantable volume is defined
         as total volume between ...
"Proposal" means: The formal document detailing the Offerors' economic plan, terms of the
offer, and other necessary infor...
5.2    County of Hawaii

       Department of Planning

       Grading permit – The selectee will be responsible to contac...
6.5   Costs. The selectee will be responsible for payment of all costs and expenses in
            connection with the pro...
6.8   Wood Utilization requirement. Proposals should detail log utilization standards
            in a way that prioritize...
provide the corresponding name, address and phone numbers.

       6.15 Site-preparation and reforestation. Offerors are e...
Note: Financial information submitted to the State shall be kept confidential and
            will be treated consistently...
stand, block or timber unit.

             7.3.2   Anticipated staffing plans and equipment for field operations.

       ...
An Offeror may withdraw a proposal already received prior to the proposal due date
             by submitting to the State...
8.5 Method of Award - The Evaluation Committee will review all of the proposals that
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9.1   Forest Development and Management Experience / Qualifications (25%)

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and conditions of a Land License(s) will be submitted to the Board for approval.

       10.2. Upon approval of a given pe...
11.3.1 Any act or omission on the part of the Offeror relating to the Offeror's use,
                     occupancy, maint...
DOTAX and IRS offices in the State of Hawaii or the DOTAX website, and by
           mail or fax:

           DOTAX Websit...
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Business Registration Division
           (BREG). The Certificate is valid for...
13. DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

This schedule may be adjusted or amended due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Appendix B. Prospective bid stands in the Waiakea Timber Management Area.




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Appendix B continued. Table 1. WTMA stand data based on 1997 timber survey. Stocking, tree diameter and wood volume data
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Species                      Stocking Diameter
Timber type        Stand No.                     Description Net Acres     ...
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Appendix D. Sample logging plan - Offerors may select another format to present such data.


1. General Information

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   pending a more detailed analysis of ground conditions. Landing sizes will not exceed ___
   feet by ___ f...
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7. Longing Debris, Slash and Trash

   Logging debris and slash will be either lopped to lay within 36 inche...
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Appendix E. Sample fire plan - Offerors may select another format to present such data.


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c. Fire extinguisher in dozer (2½ pound dry powder or equivalent).

      d. Fire extinguisher for oil-fuel fires to be ke...
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Appendix F. Application and Qualification Questionnaire - (Forestry or Agricultural)

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

  1. 1. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR HARVEST OF TIMBER AND OTHER FOREST PRODUCTS IN THE WAIAKEA TIMBER MANAGEMENT AREA 1. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The State of Hawaii (State) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a timber Land License in accordance with Chapter 171-54, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), as amended, for approximately 3,254 acres of timber lands located in the Waiakea Timber Management Area (WTMA) on the island of Hawaii (Table 1). The RFP is open to all qualified bidders based on qualification criteria as detailed in Section 7. The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will evaluate all submitted proposals and manage any selected project(s). Site details and other pertinent information about the WTMA not presented in this RFP can be found in the WTMA Forest Management Plan (Appendix 1) which was approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources on September 11, 1998. That Forest Management Plan provides overall guidance and general conditions within which all proposals will be considered. Written proposals in response to this RFP are due by March 28, 2007 at 4:30pm (HST), or as amended. This response should include those requirements as detailed in Section 7. If you intend to respond to this RFP, please register your company, organization, or entity (provide contact person, organization name, and contact information) with the register contact provided below by email, post, or facsimile (if using facsimile please provide cover letter with RFP proposal title). If you do not register, you may not receive notification of any amendments that may be made to this RFP (e.g. schedule dates listed in Section 13), thus putting your proposal at risk for rejection. Registration does not signify a commitment to submit a proposal, but rather provides a process in which to notify interested Offerors of any changes to the RFP in a timely manner. A timetable outlining the sequence of events is provided in Section 13. The primary contact for this RFP is: Register with: Michael Constantinides Melissa Sprecher Forestry Program Manager 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325 Honolulu, HI 96813 Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone: (808) 587-4167 Phone: (808) 587-0166 Fax: (808) 587-0160 Fax: (808) 587-0160 melissa.i.sprecher@hawaii.gov michael.constantinides@hawaii.gov
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS RFP OBJECTIVE 3 WAIAKEA TIMBER MANAGEMENT AREA 3 DEFINITION OF TERMS 4 GOVERNMENT LAND USE PERMITS AND APPROVALS 5 PROPOSAL CONDITIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS 6 SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 9 SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA 12 COMPARATIVE CRITERIA EVALUATION 13 DISPOSITION GUIDELINES 14 RIGHTS OF THE STATE 15 RESPONSIBILITY OF RESPONSIBLE OFFEROR 16 DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE 19 APPENDIX A. FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE WTMA APPENDIX B. PROSPECTIVE BID STANDS IN WTMA APPENDIX C. UPDATED FOREST PRODUCT FEE SCHEDULE APPENDIX D. SAMPLE LOGGING PLAN APPENDIX E. SAMPLE FIRE PLAN APPENDIX F. APPLICATION AND QUALIFICATION QUESTIONNAIRE APPENDIX G. GENERAL CONDITIONS (AG 008) No. WTMA-RFP-07 2 February 2007
  3. 3. 2. RFP OBJECTIVE The State's principal objective for this RFP is to promote the harvest and subsequent utilization of timber resources not currently under license in the WTMA. The State intends to use its timber resources to encourage in-State processing of the wood material grown in Hawaii, and to ensure the highest number and quality of jobs for the residents of the State. This policy will strongly influence the final award for this RFP as the criteria for selection have been designed to favor those proposals that demonstrate a commitment to building and/or enhancing local wood processing capabilities in Hawaii. Incorporation of WTMA Management Plan goals (Appendix A, pages 6-7) into the RFP will enhance the competitiveness of any given proposal. 3. WAIAKEA TIMBER MANAGEMENT AREA (WTMA) The WTMA is located on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano, approximately five (5) miles southwest of Hilo town and within the South Hilo and Puna Districts. It is situated along the Stainback Highway, extending from 400 to 3200 feet in elevation. Stainback Highway provides primary access to the area and is maintained by the State Department of Public Safety and the County of Hawaii. Approximately 130 miles of unimproved access roads form an approximate grid at 0.25 mile spacing, creating blocks approximately 40 acres in size that comprise the WTMA. These roads provide access to the public and DOFAW for hunting, recreation, non- timber forest product gathering, forest protection and timber management. The WTMA was established to create a resource base for Hawaii’s forest products industry. Major planting efforts began in 1959 and continued through 1968. Presently over 11,700 acres of introduced tree plantations have been established, of which approximately 7,750 acres are currently under license. This RFP applies to approximately 3,254 acres of timber plantations that remain available for active timber management opportunities (Figure 1, Table 1, Appendix B). Though DOFAW has provided volumetric data based on a 1997 field survey (Table 1, Appendix B), these data were collected solely for management planning and were never intended to be the basis for timber bid estimates or sales. Tree and stand volumes have likely changed since 1997 due to the influences of growth, mortality, aging or some combination thereof. Offerors may consider independently verifying the volumetric and acreage data prior to submitting their proposal. The Division will conduct a field trip for inspection of selected prospective bid stands by any interested and registered Offeror on Feb. 28, 2007, or as amended. Tree fern harvesting occurred during the early 1970's with approximately 16,000 cubic feet of logs removed and sold for use in the flower and landscape industry. Tree ferns have subsequently grown back vigorously in the understory of many of the plantations. Offerors may harvest tree ferns, as well as other non-timber forest products (Appendix A) and should take this into consideration when developing and submitting proposals. If the successful proposal(s) does/do not address harvest of non-timber forest products, the State reserves the right to enter into a license or permit agreement for these items with other interested Offerors within the same timber stands. Although the attached forest product pricing guidelines (Appendix C) are the Division’s current statewide standard, specific disposition and resource pricing terms will be determined during the development of Land Licenses or Commercial Harvest Permits issued as a result of this RFP process. No. WTMA-RFP-07 3 February 2007
  4. 4. Table 1. 1997 Forest inventory data summary for the WTMA. Merchantable volume is defined as total volume between a one-foot tall stump & a four-inch diameter top. Net acres is defined as forested area less adjacent roads. Estimated Volume Tree Species Net acres (cubic feet) Australian red cedar (Toona ciliata) 322 644,000 Eucalyptus saligna & grandis 618 389,400 Eucalyptus robusta 126 555,800 E. saligna within E. robusta stands 110,200 Nepal alder (Alnus nepalensis) 24 104,800 Queensland maple (Flindersia brayleyana) 303 3,800 Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica) 101 2,400 Tropical ash (Fraxinus uhdei) 1,760 699,400 Totals 3,254 2,509,800 While the principal purpose for establishment of the WTMA was for commercial timber management, the area provides several other important public uses. The plantations and surrounding native forests are used extensively for wild pig hunting. Motorcycle riders use the road network and off-highway vehicle track within the area for outings. Other recreational activities include mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, botanical exploration and hiking. The Division will work with each licensee or permittee to ensure that forest management activities are conducted at a schedule and in a manner that minimizes impacts on these important public uses of the WTMA. 4. DEFINITION OF TERMS “Board” means: Board of Land and Natural Resources. “Department” means: The Department of Land and Natural Resources. “DOFAW” means: Division of Forestry & Wildlife. “Effective Date” means: The date Land License is approved by Board. “License” or Land License” means: Timber Land License. “Merchantable logs” means: All logs that are equal to or longer than ten (10) feet in length and have a small-end diameter equal to or larger than ten (10) inches outside-bark. “Permitee/Licensee” means: The person or company holding the Commercial Harvest Permit or Timber Land License. No. WTMA-RFP-07 4 February 2007
  5. 5. "Proposal" means: The formal document detailing the Offerors' economic plan, terms of the offer, and other necessary information as required by the RFP. "Offeror" means: Those interested parties who submit a proposal to the State of Hawaii which details their qualifications, economic plan, terms of the offer, and other necessary information as required by the RFP. "Selectee" means: The Offeror whose proposal is chosen by the Evaluation Committee to negotiate exclusively with the State of Hawaii for a Land License. “State” means: The State of Hawaii or its authorized representative. “Stumpage” means: The price paid per unit of wood volume from a standing tree. “WTMA” means: Waiakea Timber Management Area. 5. GOVERNMENT LAND USE PERMITS AND APPROVALS The following items comprise a list of permits and approvals relevant to planting, harvesting and processing of trees and other forest products from the WTMA and this RFP process. 5.1 State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR): Pursuant to HRS 183-16.5, all plans to harvest trees the WTMA shall follow the guidelines in the Board-approved Waiakea Timber Management Plan (Appendix A) and the final WTMA Environmental Assessment (May 12, 1999). The Department must approve the issuance of any Timber Land License or Commercial Harvest Permit, which shall include a Logging Plan and Fire Plan (examples attached as Appendices D and E). Department of Health (DOH) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) - The selectee will be responsible to contact the Hawaii Department of Health to determine whether or not a permit is required for storm water flows associated with industrial activities; construction activities, including clearing, grading and excavation; and construction de-watering. Community Noise Permit - A permit may be required if noise exceeds 70dB day or night. A variance would be required if noise exceeds this level and occurs after the hours of 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. No. WTMA-RFP-07 5 February 2007
  6. 6. 5.2 County of Hawaii Department of Planning Grading permit – The selectee will be responsible to contact the Hawaii County Department of Planning to determine whether or not a grading permit will be required. A grading permit may be required for excavation or fill exceeding one hundred cubic yards of material or five feet in height or depth. Grubbing which does not alter the general and localized drainage pattern with respect to abutting properties and does not exceed a total area of one acre is exempted from permit requirement. Other Permits The selectee is responsible for acquiring any other permits and approvals as required. 6. PROPOSAL CONDITIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS This section outlines conditions and considerations that should be incorporated into proposals made in response to the RFP. Proposals that do not comply with all stated minimum acceptable conditions may be eliminated from further consideration. 6.1 Land License or Commercial Harvest Permit. DOFAW shall issue a Commercial Harvest Permit or a Timber Land License to the selectee, including guidelines for field operations and terms for financial compensation. The time of entry for harvesting shall be determined subject to the scale of proposed activities. Active harvesting operations must begin within time limits detailed in Section 10.2. 6.2 Compensation to State. The proposal(s) shall detail terms for compensation to the Department for timber volume harvested on an International 1/4 inch scale or cubic volume basis. Offeror should consult the Department's minimum and target stumpage prices while considering the terms of such compensation (Appendix C). Proposals including the harvest of non-timber forest products shall also detail the type, units, quantities and price per unit to be paid to the Department. The State will entertain proposals or calculations whereby alternative resource values or prices are accepted in relation to the quality of specific raw materials or in return for in-kind services by the Offeror, such as post-harvesting replanting operations. Either the State or a mutually acceptable third party will be responsible for measuring and monitoring harvested resources. 6.3 Sale of land. The State will not consider proposals to purchase the land base or subordinate its fee interest. 6.4 Laws. The selectee will be responsible for adhering to all County, State, and Federal laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to, the State’s Best Management Practices, a copy of which can be found on the web at: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/pubs/BMPs_bestmanagement.pdf No. WTMA-RFP-07 6 February 2007
  7. 7. 6.5 Costs. The selectee will be responsible for payment of all costs and expenses in connection with the project, including, but not limited to, costs associated with securing necessary entitlement and environmental documentation; site preparation; maintenance, utilities, insurance, and taxes; and all permits, fees and other levies associated with the proposed project. 6.6 Performance bond or Letter of Credit. Selectees with proposals that are small in scope (up to a maximum of six (6) permits in one year, each not exceeding $10,000 in resource value) may be issued Commercial Harvest Permits and will not be required to obtain a surety bond or letter of credit. Selectees with proposals that are large in scope (requiring issuance of a Timber Land License) will be required, at their own cost and expense, and within thirty (30) calendar days after the License Effective Date, to procure and deposit with the State and thereafter keep in full force and effect during the term either a surety bond or letter of credit in an amount to be negotiated with the selectee depending on the scale and nature of the proposed operations. The surety bond or letter of credit, shall provide: a. That in case of a breach or default by the selectee of any of the Land License terms, covenants, conditions, and agreements, the full amount thereof shall be paid to the State as liquidated and ascertained damages and not as a penalty. b. That such instruments shall be canceled, released and returned to the selectee upon the expiration of the term or sooner termination of the Land License without any default then being in existence. c. That the selectee shall otherwise comply with the terms and conditions contained in this section. DOFAW will conduct a final site inspection within one week of the date that the permitee/licensee provides written notice to DOFAW that the job is completed. If DOFAW finds that the terms of the permit have been satisfactorily met, the permitee/licensee shall be refunded the balance of their deposit less any stumpage payment credits due to the Department. If DOFAW determines that final site conditions are not satisfactory, the permitee/licensee will be notified in writing within one week of the site inspection, and asked to mitigate the stated concerns. Should the permitee/licensee decline to conduct the requested mitigation work, DOFAW will use whatever portion of the deposit needed to contract out the mitigation work, after which any remaining portion of the deposit shall be returned to the permitee/licensee. 6.7 Timber Types. The proposals should detail bids on individual stands, timber types or the entire acreage currently available, though other considerations being equal, proposals for larger land areas will be favored. There is a range of timber stocking throughout the WTMA and the RFP selection criteria will favor proposals that address innovative ways to utilize lesser-stocked plantations and enhance future reforestation efforts for successive rotations. No. WTMA-RFP-07 7 February 2007
  8. 8. 6.8 Wood Utilization requirement. Proposals should detail log utilization standards in a way that prioritizes solid wood products as the primary use. No merchantable logs, as defined in Section 4 above, shall be used to manufacture chips or be burned as biofuel unless form, species or defects prohibit solid wood processing. Proposals should address utilization plans, if any, for non-merchantable logs down to a four (4) inch outside-bark diameter. 6.9 Access. Permittees/licensees are responsible for road and access route maintenance only for areas included in awarded permits or licenses, and only during active forest management operations. These include current roads or overgrown former road grades required for active forest operations in the permit or license area. Roads and access routes will be posted and closed to the public during active daytime operations, and opened to the public in an adequate and passable condition at night and on weekends. Upon completion of field operations within a given area, the permittee or licensee must leave all access roads used during active operations in an condition that is equal to or improved in relation to road conditions prior to active field operations. The location and design of skid roads or new access roads must be approved by the Department prior to operations, with any applicable permits obtained by the permitee/licensee. Appropriate safeguards, including appropriate signage and notices, liability and other mitigative agreements, will be established in cooperation with the selectee. Appropriate traffic safety precautions shall be undertaken by the permittee/licensee during the harvesting, removal, and transportation phase. 6.10 Visual buffers. A native forest corridor was left intact along Stainback highway (approximately 100 feet wide on each side) for aesthetic and wildlife purposes. The permitee/licensee will not disturb this existing buffer. 6.11 Liability. The permitee/licensee shall be liable for any damage to existing roads, pipelines, power lines, telephone lines, and other items of value to private landowners, utility companies, and government agencies. Permitee/licensee shall coordinate with appropriate parties to mitigate particular concerns regarding proposed operations. 6.12 Debris. Remaining tree and vegetation debris shall be chopped and scattered throughout the harvest area such that no debris remains at a height of three (3) feet above ground or higher. 6.13 Power washing. Once prior to entering and once prior leaving the WTMA, all heavy equipment operating within the WTMA (excluding pre-existing road grades) shall be power washed with water to prevent the spread of exotic seeds and plants. This criteria shall not apply to equipment being transferred from one block to another within the WTMA. 6.14 Point of Contact. Proposals shall designate a point of contact for DOFAW and No. WTMA-RFP-07 8 February 2007
  9. 9. provide the corresponding name, address and phone numbers. 6.15 Site-preparation and reforestation. Offerors are encouraged to submit criteria for conducting site-preparation and reforestation activities following final harvest of each stand, block or timber unit. However, this bid component is optional. Proposals including site-preparation and reforestation activities should address the following criteria or terms: 6.15.1 Proposals will specify methods of site preparation including treatment of stumps, debris and slash management, weed control and fertilization. 6.15.2 The State will be responsible for selecting species and providing seedlings for replanting each site, to be planted at a spacing of 10’ x 10’. The State will consult with long-term licensees regarding species selection should a licensee have an interest in harvesting the planted trees in the future. 6.15.3 All site preparation and subsequent planting operations must be completed within three (3) months of the final harvest for each stand, block or timber unit. 6.15.4 Proposals will specify the fee that the State would credit or pay the Offeror per acre should the proposal be accepted for deliverables such as mechanical treatment of slash and other woody debris, chemical weed control, seedling planting and fertilizing. If the site-preparation and reforestation option is mutually agreed upon by both parties – the State will immediately credit or pay the Offeror two-thirds of the site preparation and reforestation payments due for each stand, block or timber unit upon completion of planting, and one-third of the payment one year after completion of planting where 90% seedling survival is attained. 7. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS The original proposal and five (5) copies of the proposal shall be submitted to DOFAW by March 28, 2007 at 4:30pm (HST), or as amended, as evidenced by a DOFAW time stamp clock, and shall include a transmittal cover letter signed in ink by the officer of the Offeror who has the authority to officially submit the proposal. The cover letter should specify a point of contact, title of the proposal, project period, and company/entity. Offerors are advised to refer to goals detailed on pages 6&7 of the WTMA Management Plan (Appendix A) to ensure that State goals are adequately addressed. 7.1 Proposal Qualification and Application Form - The attached Application and Qualification Questionnaire (Appendix F) should be completed and submitted with the development proposal to provide a minimum level of information for use by the Evaluation Committee (Section 8). No. WTMA-RFP-07 9 February 2007
  10. 10. Note: Financial information submitted to the State shall be kept confidential and will be treated consistently with HRS Chapter 92. Consistent with HRS Chapter 92, financial information shall not be released without the expressed written consent of the Offeror. 7.2. Economic Development Plan - All proposals shall include an Economic Development Plan that must contain the following elements: 7.2.1 Stumpage and other forest product revenues. Provide the price(s) to be paid to the State for each unit of harvested timber or unit of non-timber forest product. Timber stumpage prices must be provided in board foot, cubic scale, or weight-basis terms by species. DOFAW may subsequently enter into further negotiations to refine potential pricing structures with prospective selectees. Final prices will be specified in all final permits or licenses. 7.2.2 Processing requirements. Provide narrative descriptions of the type of processing facilities envisioned, marketing strategies, and harvested wood volumes, by species and diameter class, required to support targeted processing facilities and marketing projections. 7.2.3 Employment generation. Describe the type and quantity of the potential jobs generated from the proposed project and anticipated timing for the availability of these jobs. 7.2.4 Project costs and financing. Estimate of, and breakdown for, total development cost by major element including on-site and off-site infrastructure and processing facilities for the life of the project. A description of the proposed financing plan for the entire project, including, to the extent possible, the Offeror’s equity requirements, and means of financing should also be included. . 7.2.5 Development schedule for the project. The proposed development schedule and project phasing should highlight any events that are critical to the success of the project, and identify the desired term of the permit or contract. 7.2.6 Infrastructure. Transportation infrastructure demands for accessing and transporting timber to manufacturing facility as well as electricity, shipping requirements, waste disposal, and others. 7.3 Management Plan - All proposals shall include a brief management plan that addresses activities such as: 7.3.1 Timber harvesting, site preparation and reforestation schedule for each No. WTMA-RFP-07 10 February 2007
  11. 11. stand, block or timber unit. 7.3.2 Anticipated staffing plans and equipment for field operations. 7.3.3 Road and access route use, including details on road clearing, improvement, and drainage techniques. 7.3.4 Site preparation and reforestation methods and schedule. 7.3.5 Preventing the spread of, or controlling insects, diseases, wildfire and invasive species. 7.4 General Procedures and Submission Deadline - Proposals shall be prepared in English and shall be submitted in a sealed package. The sealed package shall state somewhere on the outside the following: “Waiakea Timber Management Area RFP, Proposal Enclosed.” All documentation design drawings shall be in a system on units customarily used in the United States (i.e., English units). All financial information shall be provided in U.S. dollars. All correspondence and submittals relating to this RFP shall be made to the address provided below. Please be aware that proposals and correspondence sent by the U.S. Postal Service are not delivered directly to Room 325. This may cause a short delay in receipt by DOFAW with the proposal or correspondence reaching the office after the deadline, causing automatic late rejection. Only written responses to requests regarding this RFP shall be considered official. It is the responsibility of the Offeror to ensure that all required submittals are received on time. Submittal address: Division of Forestry and Wildlife Waiakea Timber Management Area RFP 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 ATTN: Melissa Sprecher 7.5 Questions Regarding the RFP - Offerors may request clarification or interpretation of any aspect of the RFP in writing up to twenty (20) calendar days prior to the proposal due date. Such written request shall be made to the State at the address designated in Section 7.4. The Offeror making the request shall be responsible for its proper delivery to the State. 7.6 Pre-proposal Field Trip – A field trip to the Waiakea Timber Management Area will be held on February 28, 2007, or as amended, for prospective Offerors. 7.7 Modification or Withdrawal of Proposals - A modification of a proposal already received will be accepted by the State only if the modification is received prior to the proposal due date, or is made via addendum issued by the State. All modifications shall be made in writing and submitted in the same form and manner as the original proposal. No. WTMA-RFP-07 11 February 2007
  12. 12. An Offeror may withdraw a proposal already received prior to the proposal due date by submitting to the State a written request for withdrawal executed by the Offeror's authorized representative. This provision for modifications and withdrawals of proposals may not be utilized by an Offeror as a means to submit a late proposal and, as such, will not alter the State's right to reject a proposal. 8. SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA This section describes the selection process and outlines the criteria to be used in the selection process. 8.1 Evaluation Committee - A DOFAW Evaluation Committee will make all decisions regarding the evaluation, the acceptability of proposals for other comparative evaluation, and the selection of a proposal(s), if any. The Evaluation Committee may be assisted by other staff that could include officers, employees, and agents of the State. 8.2 Opening of Proposals and Confidentiality of the Evaluation Process - Proposals will not be publicly opened. Only the members of the Evaluation Committee or State Personnel having legitimate interest in the RFP will be provided access to the proposals and evaluation results during the evaluation period. All proposals, evaluation worksheet and subsequent Best and Final Offer, if any, and including documentation, correspondence and meetings, will be kept confidential until after the contract is awarded. All proposals will be made public only after the review and selection process is completed. 8.3 Compliance with Minimum Criteria - Proposals will be reviewed for conformance with the instructions and requirements of the RFP. The proposals shall be classified initially as acceptable, potentially acceptable, or unacceptable. All responsible Offerors who submit acceptable or potentially acceptable proposals are eligible for a priority list. Discussions will be limited to only “priority-listed” offerors. The objective of these discussions is to clarify issues regarding the Offeror’s proposal. Following the final determination of the acceptability of the proposals in relation to the minimum criteria, all priority list Offerors shall be notified in writing as to the Evaluation Committee’s determination on whether their proposal has been accepted for evaluation. 8.4 Acceptance/Rejection of Proposals - The State reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to undertake discussions with one or more Offerors, and to accept that proposal or a modified proposal which, in its judgment, will be most advantageous to the State and the selection criteria considered. The State also reserves the right to waive any defects in any proposal. No. WTMA-RFP-07 12 February 2007
  13. 13. 8.5 Method of Award - The Evaluation Committee will review all of the proposals that meet the minimum criteria listed in Section 7, Submission Requirements (See 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4) and rank them according to the comparative criteria evaluation listed in Section 9, Comparative Criteria Evaluation (See 9.1, 9.2, 9.3). The Evaluation Committee will then enter into discussions with the individual, organization or entity that submitted the highest ranked proposal(s) to verify and clarify said proposal(s) and to discuss the final terms and conditions of the permit or Land License to be presented to the Board for approval. The Evaluation Committee reserves the right to meet with the Offeror(s) to discuss the terms and conditions of their proposals during this evaluation period. The Evaluation Committee will award, if any, one or more proposals at the end of the evaluation period. 8.6 Notification - All Offerors will be notified of award determinations via U.S. Postal Service. A Notice of Award will also be posted on the bulletin board in Room 325 of the DOFAW office, (1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813) as well as on the State Procurement Office website (http://www.spo.hawaii.gov). If receiving an award letter, please note that this letter does NOT constitute a Notice to Proceed. If proprietary data or information is included in the proposals, please identify appropriate sections with a label stating “Proprietary Information.” Unless otherwise identified as “Proprietary Information,” please note that your proposal and contract become public documents and are available for public inspection once awards are posted. Additionally, all photos developed/used/submitted for the RFP become property of DOFAW. Once a contract/licensee is executed, DOFAW will issue a Notice to Proceed. 8.7 Debriefing - For those non-selected proposals, a debriefing to inform Offerors of the basis for the Offeror’s score and non-selection can be provided upon request. A written request for a debriefing to primary contact must be made within three (3) working days after the posting of the Notice of Award. 8.8 Protest - A protest shall be submitted in writing within five (5) working days after the aggrieved person knows or should have known of the facts giving rise thereto. Further provided that a protest of award or proposed award shall be submitted within five (5) working days after a debriefing has taken place. Any protests shall be submitted in writing to the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. 9. COMPARATIVE CRITERIA EVALUATION This section presents the criteria to be used in the comparative proposal evaluation process as outlined in Section 8.5 and the relative weight/significance assigned to each criteria. Each proposal will be evaluated in relation to its conformance with the weighted criteria (totaling 100%). The goal of the comparative proposal evaluation process is to select the “best” proposal(s) based on a set of defined criteria. The criteria to be used in the comparative proposal evaluation process are divided into three groups: No. WTMA-RFP-07 13 February 2007
  14. 14. 9.1 Forest Development and Management Experience / Qualifications (25%) 9.1.1 Qualifications, experience, and capability to achieve stated forest development and management objectives in the proposal (weight: 5%). 9.1.2 Experience and involvement in projects of similar scope, size and complexity; technical quality of the forest management plan (weight: 10%). 9.1.3 Ability to secure a commitment letter or other evidence to insure financing and bonding (weight: 10%). 9.2 Hawaii Forest Industry Development (45%) 9.2.1 Extent to which proposed processing facilities and management strategies represent up-to-date forest industry technology (weight: 10%). 9.2.2 Extent to which log processing and product marketing is conducted in- State, with an emphasis on solid-wood value-added methods (weight: 15%). 9.2.3 Extent to which proposal supports the WTMA Forest Management Plan and the Division’s commercial forestry operational objectives (weight: 20%). . 9.3 Economic Benefits to the State of Hawaii with all costs and assumptions based on present-day dollars (30%) 9.3.1 Net present value of predicted timber stumpage and other forest product revenues with a discount rate of 12.0%. Value determinations shall exclude any credits due to an Offeror for services provided (e.g. reforestation) to the State (weight: 10%). 9.3.2 The number and types of jobs (harvesting, transportation, wood processing, reforestation etc.) and investment opportunities created by the project (weight: 15%). 9.3.3 Net Present Value of Investment for value-added processing capabilities within the State with a discount rate of 15.0% (weight: 5%). 10. DISPOSITION GUIDELINES 10.1. Upon final selection of the proposal(s) by the Evaluation Committee, permits may be directly issued by DOFAW, or in the case of projects with large scope, the terms No. WTMA-RFP-07 14 February 2007
  15. 15. and conditions of a Land License(s) will be submitted to the Board for approval. 10.2. Upon approval of a given permit or license, the awarded Offeror(s) will have no more than two (2) months (for permits) or four (4) months (for licenses) to: 10.2.1 Secure necessary entitlement and approvals including environmental documentation; 10.2.2 Obtain commitments for construction and permanent financing if appropriate; and 10.2.3 Initiate full-scale harvesting preparations. The Department, at its sole and unlimited discretion, may grant time extensions for initiating harvesting operations if the awarded Offeror is acting in good faith and performing in a diligent manner. 10.3 Upon execution of the Land License, a schedule will be established for each major phase of the project by the awarded Offeror(s) and the State. 10.4 Resource payments to DOFAW will be submitted by the selectee(s) per the schedule established in the permit or Land License. 11. RIGHTS OF THE STATE The State, in addition to being the owner of the site, is a governmental entity exercising police power, taxation power and other government powers and duties. This solicitation will not in any way affect the exercise of those powers and duties. The State does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or physical handicap. 11.1 Representation or Warranty - All facts and opinions stated in the RFP and in other studies and materials referenced by the RFP, including but not limited to surveys, technical reports, statistical and economic data, and projections, are based on available information, and no representation or warranty is made with respect thereto. 11.2 Vested Rights - The award to an Offeror made pursuant to the RFP source selection method, does not confer any vested rights on that Offeror. These rights will be delineated in the permit or Land License, which the State and the successful Offeror will determine after the proposal has been awarded. 11.3 Awarded Offeror's Indemnity of Lessor - The awarded Offeror shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the State from and against any claim or demand for loss, liability, or damage, including claims for bodily injury, wrongful death, or property damage, arising out of or resulting from: No. WTMA-RFP-07 15 February 2007
  16. 16. 11.3.1 Any act or omission on the part of the Offeror relating to the Offeror's use, occupancy, maintenance, or enjoyment of the WTMA. 11.3.2 Any failure on the part of the Offeror to maintain the WTMA, and sidewalks, roadways, trails, and parking areas adjacent thereto in the Offeror's exclusive use and control, including any accident, fire or nuisance, growing out of or caused by such failure. 11.3.3 All actions, suits, damages, and claims by whomsoever brought or made by reason of the awarded Offeror's non-observance or non-performance of any of the terms, covenants, and conditions of the Land License or the rules, regulations, ordinances, and laws of the federal, state, municipal or county governments applicable to the awarded Offeror's use of the WTMA; provided, however, that the foregoing obligations of the awarded Offeror shall not apply to any claim or demand for loss, liability, or damage where such loss, liability or damage is caused by the negligence or intentional acts of the State or the State's agents or employees. 11.4 Campaign Contribution by State and County Contractors - Offeror, if awarded a contract in response to this solicitation, agrees to comply with Section 11-205.5, HRS, which states that campaign contributions are prohibited from a State and county Government contractor during the term of the contract if the contractor is paid with funds appropriated by a legislative body. 12. RESPONSIBILITY OF RESPONSIBLE OFFEROR. Reference §103D-310(c), HRS. If compliance documents have not been submitted to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, prior to award, the lowest responsive offeror shall produce documents to the procurement officer to demonstrate compliance with this section. 12.1 HRS Chapter 237 Tax Clearance Requirement for Award - Instructions are as follows: Pursuant to §103D-328, HRS, lowest responsive Offeror shall be required to submit a tax clearance certificate issued by the Hawaii State Department of Taxation (DOTAX) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The certificate shall have an original green certified copy stamp and shall be valid for six (6) months from the most recent approval stamp date on the certificate. It must be valid on the date it is received by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. The tax clearance certificate shall be obtained on the State of Hawaii, DOTAX TAX CLEARANCE APPLICATION Form A-6 (Rev. 2003) which is available at No. WTMA-RFP-07 16 February 2007
  17. 17. DOTAX and IRS offices in the State of Hawaii or the DOTAX website, and by mail or fax: DOTAX Website (Forms & Information): http://www.hawaii.gov/tax/a1 1alphalist.htm DOTAX Forms by Fax/Mail: (808) 587-7572 1-800-222-7572 Completed tax clearance applications may be mailed, faxed, or submitted in person to the Department of Taxation, Taxpayer Services Branch, to the address listed to the application. Facsimile numbers are: DOTAX: (808) 587-1488 IRS: (808) 539-1573 The application for the clearance is the responsibility of the Offeror, and must be submitted directly to DOTAX or IRS and not to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. However, the tax clearance certification shall be submitted to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. 12.2 HRS Chapters 383 (Unemployment Insurance), 386 (Workers’ Compensation), 392 (Temporary Disability Insurance), and 393 (Prepaid Health Care) requirements for award - Instructions are as follows: Pursuant to §103D-310(c), HRS, the lowest responsive Offeror shall be required to submit a certification of compliance issued by the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR). The certificate is valid for six (6) months from the date of issue and must be valid on the date it is received by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. A photocopy of the certificate is acceptable to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. The certificate of compliance shall be obtained on the State of Hawaii, DLIR APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 3- 122-112, HAR, Form LIR#27 which is available at: http://hawaii.gov/labor/formsall.shtml or at the neighbor island DLIR District Offices. The DLIR will return the form to the Offeror who in turn shall submit it to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. The application for the certificate is the responsibility of the Offeror, and must be submitted to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. However, the certificate shall be submitted to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. 12.3 Compliance with Section §103D-310(c), HRS, for an entity doing business in the State - The lowest responsive Offeror shall be required to submit a CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING (Certificate) issued by the State of Hawaii No. WTMA-RFP-07 17 February 2007
  18. 18. Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Business Registration Division (BREG). The Certificate is valid for six (6) months from the date of issue and must be valid on the date it is received by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. A photocopy of the certificate is acceptable to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DOFAW. To obtain the Certificate, the Offeror must first be registered with the BREG. A sole proprietorship, however, is not required to register with the BREG, and therefore not required to submit the certificate. On-line business registration and the Certificate are available at www.BusinessRegistration.com. To register or obtain the Certificate by phone, call (808) 586-2727 (M-F 7:45 to 4:30 HST). Offerors are advised that there are costs associated with registering and obtaining the Certificate. 12.4 Hawaii Compliance Express - Alternately, instead of separately applying for these certificates at the various state agencies, vendors may choose to use the Hawaii Compliance Express (HCE), which allows businesses to register online through a simple wizard interface at http://vendor.ehawaii.gov to acquire a “Certificate of Vendor Compliance.” The HCE provides current compliance status as of the issuance date. The “Certificate of Vendor Compliance” indicating that vendor’s status is compliant with the requirements of §103D-310(c), HRS, shall be acceptable for both contracting purposes and final payment. Vendors that elect to use the new HCE services will be required to pay an annual fee of $15.00 to the Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC (HIC). Vendors choosing not to participate in the HCE program will be required to provide the paper certificates as instructed in the sections previous to this one. 12.5 Timely Submission of all Certificates - The above certificate should be applied for and submitted to the Department of Land and Natural resources, DOFAW, as soon as possible. If a valid certificate is not submitted on a timely basis for award of a contract, an offer otherwise responsive and responsible may not receive the award. 12.6 Insurance - The selectee shall be required to provide, upon award, Commercial General Liability ($2 million per occurrence), Commercial Auto Liability ($2 million per occurrence), and an umbrella or excess liability for the Commercial General Liability and Commercial Auto Liability ($3 million per occurrence). The total limits should be $5 million for each the Commercial General Liability and the Commercial Auto Liability. No. WTMA-RFP-07 18 February 2007
  19. 19. 13. DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE This schedule may be adjusted or amended due to unforeseen circumstances. Date Milestone February 1, 2007 Advertise Request for Proposals February 5, 2007 Begin mailing out RFP February 28, 2007 Pre-Proposal Field Trip March 8, 2007 Last day for clarifications March 28, 2007 Deadline for Receipt of Proposals After proposal opening Complete Evaluation of Proposals After Award Notice Negotiate Terms and Conditions of Land License After Land License is drafted Seek Board Approval of Land License No. WTMA-RFP-07 19 February 2007
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  48. 48. Appendix B. Prospective bid stands in the Waiakea Timber Management Area. 10002 8138 10021 8134 0 10401 10270 23 10031 10290 10 0 50 1 10 05 10230 10 10411 10420 10091 1 00 70 Keaau ± 101 K 3 10 0 10452 C 11 A 1 10303 B Y 10140 N A 10 I W 10 10 46 TA H 31 14 10 3 0 2 1 S IG 1 10381 61 65 10560 H 10 0 10342 10921 66 10490 Legend 10 10571 10930 10 92 72 1 40 105 591 10270 Timber stand ID number 10922 07 0 10 10 1 62 73 0 10 11100 Secondary roads 10630 10800 7 42 1 1 10 068 74 50 1 Major roads 10 08 10770 1 Nepal alder Sugi Hawaii Division of Forestry & Wildlife 11200 November, 2006 (808) 587-0166 Eucalyptus robusta 0 1 2 3 4 Eucalyptus saligna & grandis Miles Queensland maple Tropical ash Australian red cedar - toon Non-bid areas of the Waiakea Map Location Timber Management Area 11400 No-harvest zones (NARS) State Reserves
  49. 49. Appendix B continued. Table 1. WTMA stand data based on 1997 timber survey. Stocking, tree diameter and wood volume data have probably changed due to growth, mortality and other factors. Species Stocking Diameter Timber type Stand No. Description Net Acres Age Primary Secondary Tertiary index index Australian red cedar 10070 Toon pole 69.2 39 Toon 1 2 (toon) 10303 Toon pole 7.2 37 Toon 1 2 10401 Toon pole & saw 26.1 37 Toon 2 2 10452 Toon pole & saw 33.1 37 Toon 2 2 10560 Toon pole & saw 186.4 39 Toon 2 2 sub-total 322.0 E. robusta 8134 E. robusta saw 38.7 68 E. robusta 2 3 8138 E. robusta saw 57.1 62 E. robusta E. saligna Paperbark 1 3 10290 E. robusta/saligna pole & saw 30.4 62 E. robusta E. saligna Ash 1 3 sub-total 126.2 E. saligna & grandis 10002 E. grandis pole & saw 28.4 22 E. saligna E. grandis 2 2 10050 E. grandis pole & saw 96.5 21 E. grandis E. saligna 1 2 10130 E. grandis pole 28.1 14 E. grandis Gunpowder 3 1 10142 E. grandis pole 8.3 14 E. grandis 2 1 10270 E. grandis pole & saw 216.9 20 E. grandis 3 2 10411 E. grandis pole & saw 24.4 16 E. grandis 3 2 10420 E. grandis pole & saw 29.6 21 E. grandis 2 2 10490 E. grandis pole & saw 73.9 20 E. grandis E. saligna 2 2 10591 E. grandis pole 16.7 16 E. grandis E. saligna Toon 2 1 10592 E. grandis pole & saw 20.9 16 E. grandis E. saligna Toon 2 2 10630 E. grandis pole & saw 47.3 19 E. grandis Ash 1 2 10651 E. grandis pole 16.3 16 E. grandis 2 1 10740 E. grandis pole 10.4 16 E. grandis Ash 2 1 sub-total 617.7 Nepal alder 10463 Alder pole & saw 23.7 39 Alder 2 2 Sugi 10620 Sugi growing stock 33.8 19 Sugi E. saligna Ash 2 1 10741 Sugi growing stock 11.1 16 Sugi E. grandis 3 1 10742 Sugi growing stock 25.5 16 Sugi Ash 3 1 10850 Sugi growing stock 31.1 16 Sugi Toon 3 1 sub-total 101.5
  50. 50. Species Stocking Diameter Timber type Stand No. Description Net Acres Age Primary Secondary Tertiary index index Queensland maple 10021 Maple pole & saw 0.3 37 Q. maple 2 2 10031 Maple growing 12.3 24 Q. maple E. deglupta 1 1 10051 Maple growing 3.1 24 Q. maple 1 1 10091 Maple growing 21.5 24 Q. maple Toon 1 1 10111 Maple growing 3.8 24 Q. maple 2 1 10140 Maple growing 12.7 14 Q. maple 2 1 10230 Maple growing 180.2 9 Q. maple Toon 3 1 10232 Maple pole & saw 5.5 24 Q. maple 2 2 10381 Maple growing 4.7 15 Q. maple 2 1 10660 Maple growing 27.1 16 Q. maple Ash 2 1 10721 Maple growing 10.1 16 Q. maple Ash 2 1 11100 Maple growing 21.8 15 Q. maple Blackwood 2 1 sub-total 303.1 Tropical ash 10161 Ash pole 10.6 41 Ash 2 2 10310 Ash pole 78.9 41 Ash Toon 2 2 10342 Ash pole 5.7 45 Ash 2 2 10571 Ash pole 36.9 40 Ash Toon 2 2 10681 Ash pole 37.6 40 Ash Toon 2 2 10730 Ash pole 72.1 40 Ash 2 2 10770 Ash pole 549.1 43 Ash Toon 2 2 10800 Ash pole 77.7 41 Ash Toon Blackwood 2 2 10921 Ash pole 42.4 43 Ash Toon 2 3 10922 Ash pole 18.9 43 Ash Toon 2 2 10930 Ash pole 10.5 43 Ash Toon 2 2 11200 Ash pole 659.8 43 Ash Toon 2 2 11400 Ash pole 160.0 44 Ash Toon 2 2 sub-total 1,760.2 Keys to indices approximate Stocking Index trees per acre Diameter index approximate inches 1 1-80 1 0-10 2 80-160 2 10-20 3 160+ 3 20+
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  54. 54. Appendix D. Sample logging plan - Offerors may select another format to present such data. 1. General Information This logging plan has been prepared to meet the requirements of Timber Land License No. _______. This logging plan is for the period of (month day, year) to (month day, year). A total of _____ acres is scheduled to be harvested during this _____ period. Harvesting will be conducted in the sequence that the units are numbered on the attached map, and it is understood that unless otherwise agreed to in advance, not more than ____ harvest units will be included in active harvesting, cleanup or planting activities at any one time. Any variation to this plan will be detailed in this logging plan. Small units of less than 20 acres may be consolidated into a larger unit when approved by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hawaii Branch Manager, hereafter referred to as “Branch Manager.” All variances from this logging plan will be made in writing and subject to approval by the Branch Manager. Only written variances will be accepted and recognized as supplements to this plan. The supervisor for all the tree harvesting is (name of person in charge) of (name of company) and can be reached at (address) and by telephoning (phone number). 2. Road Construction and maintenance All road improvement work will done on existing roads as shown on the sale map. Principal haul roads will be approximately 20 feet wide with all low, overhanging branches removed. A minimum turning radius of 80 feet will be required for all roads constructed for hauling purposes in the harvest area. Roads that are being used by the licensee will be graded and ditched and will be left in a condition that equals or exceeds those prior to start of operations. Equipment that may be utilized for road construction, maintenance include but not limited to the following. 1. D6 Dozer or smaller 2. 14E Grader 3. 12 yard capacity dump truck 4. 966 yard Cat loader 3. Landings All landings will be constructed in the general vicinity of the areas shown on the attached map for this logging plan. Landing areas will be located centrally in each stand and preferably on the down hill side of major harvest areas. In the event that terrain and/or harvesting logistics require more than one landing per block, additional landings will be constructed with approval of the Branch Manager. Actual location of the landings may vary 1
  55. 55. Appendix D. pending a more detailed analysis of ground conditions. Landing sizes will not exceed ___ feet by ___ feet in size. Upon the completion of the harvesting operation, logging debris will be dispersed or removed from the landings and the area will be prepared for tree planting as described in Section 7. 4. Harvesting and Transportation The harvesting operation is to deliver an annual average of ____ board feet/cubic feet/cubic meters/tons of [list of products] to [location] per week. The larger types of equipment that will be utilized for the harvesting, processing and transporting the forest products may include but not limited to the following: a. Model 30 Morbark Chippers b. Cat Skidder c. 227 Cat Feller Bunchers d. Truck Tractors and Trailers (40 ft.) 5. Employment Summary The total staff including field crew, office and shop personnel will consist of approximately ___ full time personnel. These employees may be classified as: a. Feller Bunch Operators (1) b. Dozer Operators (2) c. Chipper Operators (2) d. Skidder Operators (3) e. Landing Man (1) f. Truck Drivers (4) g. Office Clerk/Bookkeeper (2) h. Heavy Equipment Mechanic (3) 6. Harvesting Practice The normal tree harvesting practice will involve the use of mechanical shears and chain saws to fell trees in a consistent directional fashion. Once fallen, the trees will be gathered in bunches and loaded on to a rubber tired or tracked skidder and hauled to the landing. Every effort will be made to remove all merchantable timber on the first pass through the forest, therefore minimizing damage to residual trees and the amount of material to be managed in the clean up process. 2
  56. 56. Appendix D. 7. Longing Debris, Slash and Trash Logging debris and slash will be either lopped to lay within 36 inches of the ground surface, crushed in place with a dozer or a combination of the above, to leave the harvested area readily accessible for tree planting. Where the quantity of logging debris may require, the logging debris will either be chipped for use in biomass operations or otherwise placed in windrows or piles so that remaining areas will be accessible for tree planting. The Branch Manager will be notified in writing immediately upon the completion of the clean up activities so that the harvested unit may be inspected by his staff personnel. Only upon the receipt of a written letter from the Branch Manager stating that the harvesting unit has been satisfactorily harvested, including the treatment of logging debris, slash and trash, will harvesting and cleanup operations in that harvest unit be considered as satisfactorily completed. 8. Harvest unit scheduling and overall time line The attached map indicates the areas to be effected by harvesting and related field operations during the term of this license as indicated in Section 1 above. The proposed location of landings for each harvest unit is depicted to provide a general sense of how each unit will be harvested. Given a more detailed assessment of ground conditions in each block, the proposed landing site may be adjusted to reflect actual ground conditions. If this adjustment reflects a major change from what is indicated here, written notice of the change will be provided in advance to the Branch Manager. A logging plan for a typical harvest unit is also attached as a conceptual guide to detailed harvesting activity. It should be emphasized that actual ground conditions will require a variety of harvesting strategies that take into account, among other things, the size of the trees being harvested, topography, undergrowth, special ground conditions, safety and convenient road access. 9. Approval This logging plan has been accepted by: _______________________________ Licensee Date _______________________________ Branch Manager Date 3
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  59. 59. Appendix E. Sample fire plan - Offerors may select another format to present such data. Page ____ Section ____ Paragraph ____ in the Request for Proposals for the Harvest of Timber and other Forest Products from the Waiakea Timber Management Area specifies that a fire plan be prepared to detail prospective licensees methods for the prevention, control, and extinguishment of fires in the field operational areas and their immediate vicinity. This fire plan has three sections: Prevention, Pre-suppression and Suppression. 1. Prevention The following precautionary measures shall be followed to prevent fires from occurring: a. There shall be no fires in the sale area for debris burning or any other purpose. b. All fuel and oil drums will be stored in an area that is free from combustible material and with a minimum clearance of ten (10) feet from any vegetation, dead or growing. c. The maintenance areas will have full water containers (50 gallons minimum) with bucket to wash or wet fuel that has spilled when refueling. d. During periods of extreme fire danger, the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hawaii Branch Manager (hereafter referred to as “Branch Manager”) may stop all field work by notifying the licensee in writing, as to when the harvesting activities must cease and again at which time they may be initiated again. e. Fueling of chain saw: • Cool chain saw before fueling. • Have a fire extinguisher at the site where the saw is fueled. • Remove the saw from the fuelling area before starting. 2. Pre-suppression The equipment listed in this section are to be used for fire suppression and should not be used otherwise. The exceptions are the dozer and chain saws. The firebox and fire suppression equipment will be located at the maintenance area. a. Fire box • Two axes. • Two shovels. • One back pump. b. Water containers (50 gallons minimum) with bucket. 1
  60. 60. c. Fire extinguisher in dozer (2½ pound dry powder or equivalent). d. Fire extinguisher for oil-fuel fires to be kept at the maintenance area (2½ pound dry powder or equivalent). e. Dozer and chain saws to be serviced and fueled at the end of each workday. 3. Suppression When a fire occurs or when notified, all field work will stop immediately; and effective fire control action shall be taken. If the fire is small, all reasonable efforts will be made to extinguish it. Then the licensor shall report it to the Branch Manager so that the fire and the cause of the fire can be evaluated, and preventive measures can be taken to prevent future fires of the same type from re-occurring. If the fire is large and beyond the licensor’s capability of suppressing it, the Hawaii County Fire Department and Branch Manager must be notified immediately so that additional crew and equipment may be brought to the area to suppress the fire: Fire Suppression Procedure: a. Immediately implement fire suppression activities with equipment and personnel. b. Notify Hawaii County Fire Department and Branch Manager by phone (mobile or otherwise) of the fire situation and whether assistance is needed. c. The logging crew will suppress the fire aggressively and safely with all resources available until the fire has been extinguished or until the Hawaii County Fire Department or District Branch Manager arrives at the fire and assumes the responsibility of the fire. Emergency telephone numbers – Fire: a. Division of Forestry and Wildlife 974-4221 b. Hawaii County Fire Department c. Supervisor or Manager of Operation 2
  61. 61. 1 Appendix F. Application and Qualification Questionnaire - (Forestry or Agricultural) Please answer all questions in the spaces provided. Attach additional sheets as necessary, clearly indicating the applicable Part and Section number. If a particular question is inapplicable please indicate "N/A." Part 1:General Information 1. Applicant’s legal name as it would appear on the Proposal: ____________________________________________________________________________ 2. Applicant’s full mailing address: ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 3. Is Applicant a partnership or joint venture? If yes please answer the following: Yes / No A. Name, address, & percentage share owned by each partner or joint venture member: Name Address Share _____________________ _________________________________ ___________ _____________________ _________________________________ ___________ _____________________ _________________________________ ___________ B. Date of Organization: __________________________________________ C. Type Partnership (if applicable): ________________________________ D. Recorded: _______________ _________________________________ ___________ County State Date E. Currently registered in Hawaii: Yes/No If Yes, as of: ___________________ F. Managing partner(s) and title(s): _______________________________________________ 4. If Applicant is a corporation, answer the following: A. When incorporated: ______________________________________________________ B. In what state or country: __________________________________________________ C. Authorized to do business in Hawaii: Yes/No If Yes, as of: _____________________ D. Provide the name, address and shares of stock for each officer of the corporation: President: Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ Vice-President: Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________
  62. 62. Appendix F 2 Secretary: Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ Treasurer: Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ Other: Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ E. Provide the name, address and shares of stock for each member of the corporation’s Board of Directors: Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ F. Provide the name, address and shares of stock for each principal stockholder which is not named in 5.D. and 5.E. above. (Principal stockholder means one holding 10% or more of the outstanding stock of the corporation.) Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________
  63. 63. Appendix F 3 Name _______________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Number of stock shares ________ Percentage of shares ________ 5. List all State of Hawaii leases, permits, licenses, easements, sales, etc. to which the Applicant has been a party to, including as a director, officer or shareholder: Doc. No. Type of Agreement Term of Agreement _____________ ______________ ________________________________________ _____________ ______________ ________________________________________ 6. An original or certified copy of a tax clearance issued by the Hawaii State Department of Taxation and the Federal Internal Revenue Service must be submitted with this application for the Applicant and all affiliated entities. "Affiliated entities" is defined as any entity having more than fifty percent (50%) interest in the bidding entity; any company more than fifty percent (50%) owned by a company having more than fifty percent (50%) interest in the bidding entity; or any entity in which the bidding entity has more than fifty percent (50%) interest. The bidder shall be responsible for obtaining the verifications for all affiliated companies. The Applicant shall also obtain and submit the corresponding tax clearance certificates of the County of _______ pertaining to property taxes, special assessments or other County obligations. The tax clearances submitted with your application must be valid on the advertisement date and any date thereafter up to the date of the RFP closure. The applicant shall also submit attach processed and/or approved a State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Certificate of Compliance and a State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Certificate of Good Standing, if applicable. 7. Is the Applicant registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Yes / No Commission (SEC) and been a publicly traded corporation for at least the last three years? 8. Has the Applicant received a business loan within the last two years Yes / No from an institution which is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or from any federal mortgage lending agency qualified to do business in Hawaii? If Yes, attach a copy of the loan agreement. Part II: Qualifications and Experience 9. Indicate experiences in the forest plantation establishment and product processing area. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________
  64. 64. Appendix F 4 ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Add attachments if necessary. 10. Education and Training A. List all vocational training, business, trade, college or university, graduate or professional schools (for partnerships, joint ventures or corporations, indicate name of principal or manager for which the education applies): Name & Location of School Field of Study Degree Type Date Recvd (and Name of Person, if applicable) B. Attach evidence of your graduation from college (copy of transcripts or diploma). C. Describe any vocational or other training you have received which relates to your qualifications and experience to successfully operate your operation: ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ 11. In chronological order starting with the Applicant’s most current experience, briefly describe Applicant’s forestry and forest products experience and business experience (management, financial and marketing) as it relates to the project. For partnerships, joint ventures and corporations, include both experience of business entity itself as well as experience of principals or managers. Copy and attach additional sheets as needed.
  65. 65. Appendix F 5 Business Name From: ______________ ___________________________________________________________ Month Year Address To: ________________ ___________________________________________________________ Month Year Name & Title of Supervisor Full-time ( ) ___________________________________________________________ Part-time ( ) Your Position Average hours worked ___________________________________________________________ per week: __________ Commodity Produced ___________________________________________________________ Size of Operations (number of employees, acres) ___________________________________________________________ Duties & Responsibilities ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ Business Name From: ______________ ___________________________________________________________ Month Year Address To: ________________ ___________________________________________________________ Month Year Name & Title of Supervisor Full-time ( ) ___________________________________________________________ Part-time ( ) Your Position Average hours worked ___________________________________________________________ per week: __________ Commodity Produced ___________________________________________________________ Size of Operations (number of employees, acres) ___________________________________________________________ Duties & Responsibilities ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________

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