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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
Disk Trenching
  • Contractor shall supply all necessary equipment, its transportation, and materials for scarification by disk trenching or power disk trenching
  • Scarification - The removal or displacement of slash, brush, or organic matter, thereby exposing the underlying mineral soil, the purpose being to reduce vegetative competition and improve the success of desired tree regeneration
  • Power Disc Trenching - A mechanical scarification technique in which continuous furrows or trenches are made by applying downward hydraulic pressure to the disc being used, while “passive or disc trenching” allows the disc to “float”, with no downward force applied and no hydraulic disc rotation
  • The adequacy of the scarification project will be determined by the County, under the following guidelines:
    • Disc Trenching shall provide continuous scarified trenches at a spacing of 8' on center across each entire project site unless otherwise indicated on Tract Summary/Bid Sheet
    • Site Scarification is designed to provide exposed mineral soil for better tree seedling survival and should not displace subsoil, remove or pile slash

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

    September 1 through November 1 of each year


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