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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
Hand Release and Basal Prune

Hand Release and Basal Pruning of Conifer Plantations

  • Contractor(s) shall supply all necessary transportation, equipment and materials necessary for the hand release of crop trees and the basal pruning of white pine
  • Hand Release - Brush saws, chainsaws or hand tools are acceptable. Heavy duty brush saws are recommended
  • Basal Pruning - Hand shears, hand saws or lopping shears are acceptable. Chain saws or other motorized equipment are prohibited
  • Hand Release - Completely severing, within 6 inches of ground level, stems of all competing woody vegetation within a radius of 6 feet around all “crop trees”, as measured from the dripline, and found within designated sites. All severed competition must be laid down to a level not to exceed 2 feet above ground level and away from “crop trees”
  • Basal Pruning - The removal of all side branches from the lower 1/3 of all white pine trees found within designated sites. This includes small shoots along bole and at ground level. Pruning shall remove the branch cleanly, by cutting the branch along the outside edge of the branch collar, leaving no stub nor cutting into the branch collar

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

    Hand Release time period is contract execution thru December 1 of each year
    Basal Pruning time period is contract execution thru May 1 and August 31 and thru December 1 of each year


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