Stewardship Contracting by Keith Rush of The Nature Conservancy

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Presentation about Stewardship Contracting with the US Forest Service, provided by Keith Rush, Forester with The Nature Conservancy.

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Stewardship Contracting by Keith Rush of The Nature Conservancy

  1. 1. Stewardship Contracting What is it? Why should I care?
  2. 2. Stewardship Contracting • Contracting available to the USFS and BLM • Supplements the FS contracting tool chest • General purpose is to achieve land management goals while meeting local and community needs
  3. 3. The Focus of Stewardship Contracting is Restoration Improve the resource conditions of the project area Examples • Thinning to improve wildlife habitat • Fixing red pipes • Road work to stop erosion • Add wood to streams to improve fish habitat • Treat invasive weeds
  4. 4. Stewardship Contracting Policy Requires: • Collaboration must be a part of stewardship contracting planning and continue throughout the life of the project • Best value must be the basis for evaluating proposals and awarding contracts
  5. 5. Must Collaborate
  6. 6. Must Use ‘Best Value’ Basis • Proposal which includes a bid • Best value to government • Local benefits
  7. 7. Stewardship Contracting Policy Allows: • The FS to trade goods for services • The FS to use excess receipts generated from one stewardship project to be used on another stewardship project • The bundling of projects • The use of Designation by Description and Designation by Prescription • The use of long term contracts
  8. 8. Allows ‘Goods’ to be traded for ‘Services’
  9. 9. Allows for Use of ‘Retained Receipts’ on Other Projects
  10. 10. Retained Receipts cannot be used for: • Forest Service wages • Construction • Planning
  11. 11. Allows Projects to Be Bundled • Agency efficiency • Contractor efficiency
  12. 12. Allows the Use of ‘Designation’ by: • Description • Prescription
  13. 13. Allows for Long Term Contracts Up to 10 years • FS planning efficiency • Contractor flexibility
  14. 14. Stewardship Contracting Is it worth considering for the Wrangell Project?

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