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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
Budcapping of Conifer Seedlings
  • Contractor shall supply all necessary equipment, materials, transportation and labor. The County may provide BUD CAPS for the bud capping of crop trees, unless contractor requests to supply own
  • Crop Trees - All red pine, jack pine, and white pine found and identified on designated sites
  • Bud Capping - The placement by the stapling of a “bud cap” over the terminal leader on above crop trees. Cap should be stapled securely enough to prevent removal by wind, rain, snow or animals yet not damage or break the terminal leader. Terminal leader must be adequately covered to prevent animal browse
  • Equipment: transportation, stapler and staples, budcaps. Blaze orange hat and/or outer clothing above the waist per Minnesota Hunting Regulation recommended

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

    September 15 through November 1 of each year.


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