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Forest Development Contracts

Periodically throughout the year, the Land & Minerals Department advertises Forest Development Contracts for a variety of projects that may include: Ground Herbicide Site Preparation, Ground Herbicide Release for Conifer Plantations, Hand Release and Basal Pruning of Existing Conifer Plantation, Mechanical Ground Scarification through Disk Trenching and Anchor Chaining, Planting, Budcapping and Plantskydd Application.

To be eligible to operate on St. Louis County Lands a Responsible Operators Application Form and a Certificate of Compliance with Minnesota Workers' Compensation Law must be completed and on file at the St. Louis County Land & Minerals Department, Government Services Building, Room 208, 320 West 2nd Street, Duluth MN, 55802.

The Responsible Operators List is updated annually.  To stay on the Responsible Operators List the Responsible Operators Application Update Form must be filled out each year and returned to the Land & Minerals Department at the above address.

All contractors operating on St. Louis County Tax Forfeit Lands are required to complete a Contractor Pre-Work Session (note you must be able to print the Certificate of Completion).  Upon successful completion of the E-Training, present the Certificate of Completion to the contract administrator. 

All contracts are advertised and conducted through St. Louis County Purchasing.  To receive a bid or quote packet, contact St. Louis County Purchasing at 218-726-2666.

Requests for additional information on Information for Contractors shall be delivered to: Purchasing, 218-726-2665.

Additional information on Technical Specifications shall be delivered to: Kristin Fogard, Forester III, 218-726-2606.

Hand Release and Basal Prune Chemical Site Prep & Release Disk Trenching Anchor Chaining Salmon Blading Budcapping Planting Plantskydd Application
Chemical Site Preparation and Release
  • Contractor and any employees must be licensed as a commercial pesticide applicator with categories in “Forest Spraying” and “General Ground” application as required by the MN Dept of Agriculture
  • Contractor shall supply all necessary equipment and materials.
    This is a ground based application - distribution of herbicide using tractor, skidder, or track vehicle mounted application equipment is required. Pull-behind trailer mounted spraying equipment is allowed
  • Equipment: 
    • Field operator’s mechanical ground spraying systems must be equipped with GPS navigation and mapping system when applying pesticides to State tax forfeited lands. The system must be capable of logging and downloading spray application data
    • Equipment must be capable of precise calibration to assure that the prescribed rate of herbicide is applied on each tract. Prescribed rates for each tract are specified on the Tract Summary/Bid Sheet and deviations shall not exceed 10% of this amount. In no cases should applied rates exceed the maximum rate indicated on the product label
    • Chemical injection equipment is an acceptable and preferred method to tank mix methods of chemical mixing and application
    • Liquid Holding Tanks carrying spray solution must possess and at all times have operating a self agitation system. To avoid unequal distribution of herbicide in the tank, tanks must be agitated and mixed for at least 10 minutes before spraying
    • A backflow prevention device or fixed air gap must be used on all chemical application equipment.
      Dry Chemical shall be mixed into a slurry type of suspension prior to their addition to the Herbicide Holding Tanks
  • Water for mixing chemical solution shall be brought to the spray site and be of acceptable ph, hardness, and organic material levels, or as approved by the County Land Department.
    A minimum of 15 gallons of spray solution shall be applied per acre

Approximate Timelines (Please refer to bid/quote packet for exact dates):

    June through July of each year
    Sept through August of each year


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