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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
Salmon Blading
  • Contractor shall supply all necessary equipment, its transportation, and materials necessary. Contractor must pick up, transport, use, and return the salmon blade 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 salmon blade in scarifying all acres on this contract. The salmon blade is located at the Land & Minerals Department’s Pike Lake Office, 5713 Old Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, MN 55811. Contractor must pick up the salmon blade when beginning the contract, attach the blade to contractor’s own equipment, transport mounted blade from site to site, and deliver it back to the Land Department’s Pike Lake Office upon completion of the contract
  • Potential contractors are encouraged to inspect the salmon blade and mounting system before submitting quote. It is suggested the contractor mount the salmon blade onto a small to mid-sized bulldozer to accomplish this contract. The bulldozer should be large enough to accomplish the work (for example a John Deer 450) but too large a machine will make scarifying around trees difficult
  • The salmon blade 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 salmon blade to its original condition must first be approved by the County. Responsibility of repair and associated costs will be determined by the County
  • Sites to be scarified have not been harvested and contain full tree cover. Trees must not be damaged. Salmon Blade scarification must occur around trees.

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

    June 1 through November 1 of each year


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