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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
Anchor Chaining
  • Contractor shall supply all necessary equipment, its transportation, and materials necessary. Contractor must pick up, transport, use, and return the County’s large anchor chain/barrel scarifier for this contract
  • 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
  • Contractor must use the County’s large anchor chain/barrel scarifier in scarifying all acres on this contract. The large anchor chain is located in a gravel pit about ½ mile west of the Martin Road/Rice Lake Road intersection, Duluth, MN. Contractor must pick up the large anchor chain when beginning the contract, transport the chain from site to site, assemble and disassemble as needed for transportation, and deliver it, upon completion of the contract, back to the Land Department storage property on Martin Road, Duluth, MN
  • Potential contractors are encouraged to inspect the large anchor chain before submitting quote. It is suggested that the equipment used for dragging the large anchor chain be a minimum of 180 horse power
  • The anchor chain must be returned, in its original condition, as determined by the County, upon completion of this contract. Any necessary repair and/or maintenance to restore the anchor chain to its original condition is the responsibility of the Contractor. Any reimbursement of repair costs will be at the sole discretion of the County

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

    August 1 through November 1 of each year

BIDS SOLICITED MARCH OR APRIL OF EACH YEAR

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