Stewardship Contracting FACT SHEETWhat is Stewardship Contracting?Stewardship contracting allows the U.S. ForestService and Bureau of Land Management to contractwith private organizations or businesses to removeforest products, such as large and small trees, in returnfor doing work to restore and maintain healthy forestecosystems. Work done under stewardship contractsprovide a source of local employment and income.Stewardship contracting seeks to engage local busi-nesses, community leaders, and other stakeholders inproject design and implementation. iHow are StewardshipContracts used? Stream channel restorationThe priority projects for stewardship contracting are: ii • road and trail maintenance to restore water quality; • prescribed fire to protect communities and accomplish other resource goals; • vegetation removal to promote healthy forest stand structure, protect communities and reduce the risk of high- severity fires; • watershed restoration and maintenance, including road decommissioning, and culvert removal or replacement; • non-native species control; • protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat; • improvement of soil productivity; • construction and maintenance of recreational facilities, including trails.How do Stewardship Contracts differ from otherUSFS and BLM contracts?USFS and BLM use both sale and service contracts, but stewardship contracts are different. Sale contracts focuson the removal of commercial products, often timber. Service contracts focus on delivered services or goods,such as road maintenance, non-commercial tree thinning, or survey work.Sale and service contracts are generally short term awarded on the basis of the highest bid (sale contracts) or low-est price (service contracts). more>> For more information, contact: Joe Kerkvliet, Ph.D. Resource and Environmental Economist The Wilderness Society | 503 West Mendenhall | Bozeman, MT 59715 wilderness.org 406.581.9826 cell | firstname.lastname@example.org www.forestsandrangelands.gov/stewardship/index.shtml February 2009
Stewardship contracts differ from sale and service contracts in thefollowing features: iii • Exchange goods for services. Forest products removed can be sold by the contractor, with the proceeds applied to a list of restoration and service projects. • Use multi-year contracts up to ten years. This is designed to lower administrative costs, foster working relationships and build a long-term stewardship ethic and capacity among contractors. • “Best Value” contractor selection. This means that agen- cies consider features other than price in awarding contracts, including a bidder’s technical expertise, past performance, Culvert replacement and capacity for careful stewardship. • Retain receipts and apply to needed restoration work. The receipts from the sale of forest products can be retained to pay for local restoration projects, unlike most receipts from sale contracts. Receipts cannot be used to cover the agencies’ contract administration costs, including salaries. • “End Result” contracting. Rather than specify specific tasks to be accomplished, agencies can use “designation by descrip- tion” (e.g. cut all Douglas fir 10 inches or less in diameter) or “designation by prescription” (e.g. retain healthy older trees interspersed with dense stands of lodgepole pine). Bidders submit plans showing how they will treat the land to achieve Thinning for protection and restoration the objectives. • Less than full and open competition. Stewardship contracts can be awarded to sole bidders and through direct sales. This feature is designed to address complex ownership patterns, difficult pricing scenarios, building community capacity, and fostering local economic growth. • Collaboration and monitoring. Stewardship project design is set to include collaboration among neigh- boring land owners, local governments, Tribes, community groups and other public interests. Monitoring of project results is also designed to include community and public interests.What are Stewardship Contracts Accomplishing?Currently 36 ongoing and completed stewardship contracting projects are listed for 8 National Forests and twoBLM districts in Montana. The projects cover a wide range of activities, including: iv • fish and wildlife habitat improvement, including grizzly and bull trout • fuels reduction • stream restoration • protect Garnet Ghost town from severe fire • control of noxious weeds • stimulation of markets for small diameter forest products. i Adapted from Healthy Forests and Rangelands Glossary of Terms, http://www.forestsandrangelands.gov/resources/glossary/a.shtml (accessed August 2, 2008); The Wilderness Society, “Stewardship Contracting: An Assessment of Opportunities for Forest Restoration and Rural Communities.” June 2004. ii Adapted from U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Everything You Wanted to Know about Stewardship End Result Contracting ...But Didn’t Know What to Ask. iii Adapted from The Wilderness Society. “Stewardship Contracting: An Assessment of Opportunities for Forest Restoration and Rural Communities.” June 2004.iv Healthy Forests and Rangelands, Montana Stewardship Contracting Projects, http://www.forestandrangelands.gov/resources/glossary/ mt.shtml (accessed August 2, 2008).