Monday, April 1, 2013

So called "stewardship" at Pine Lake

USDA Forest Service
Stewardship Contracting Proposal

Project Name: Pine Creek Stewardship Project
Region: Region Six – Pacific Northwest Region
\Forest: Olympic National Forest
Ranger District: Hood Canal Ranger District
Primary Forest Service Contact
Name: Bruce Huntley
Title: Timber Sale Contracting Officer
Address: 1835 Black Lake Blvd. S.W. Olympia, WA 98512
Phone: 360-956-2287

A.1 Project Summary/Objectives: Provide a summary of your project. Summary should include overall resource objectives as well as the need for stewardship authority. Describe the current conditions of the project and the conditions being restored. Identify the goods and services involved in project.


The Pine Creek Stewardship Project is located in the South Fork Skokomish watershed on the Hood Canal Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest. This watershed has also been designated a Tier 1 Key Watershed, under the Northwest Forest Plan. Key watersheds contribute directly to the conservation of at-risk anadromous salmonids, bull trout, and resident fish species. Project activities follow restoration recommendations taken from the South Fork Skokomish Watershed Analysis. This project also falls within the Hood Canal South Late-Successional Reserve and Olympic Adaptive Management Area.

The current condition of the South Fork Skokomish watershed includes a general lack of structural complexity of forested stands and high road densities. The goal is to move them closer to the desired condition of the watershed. A large portion of modern stands originated following widespread logging of structurally complex old-growth. The resulting young stands are generally in the structurally simple developmental stage known as “competitive exclusion”.

The selected stands would be commercially thinned to enhance structural diversity and promote the development of old growth characteristics to achieve desired conditions identified by the Forest Plan. The 69 acres of commercial thinning would be selected from a combination of two stands; one stand is in the Pine Creek drainage and the other in the Lebar Creek drainage within the Skokomish watershed. The receipts from the commercial thinning of these stands would be used to fund decommissioning and conversion to trail of 0.6 miles of Road 2361000 and to pre-commercially thin 110 acres of overstocked conifer plantations within the Skokomish drainage.

The overall objectives of road decommissioning are to reduce the potential for road-related sedimentation to important aquatic habitat, and to provide more secure habitat for elk. Reduction of potential sources of chronic erosion that could contribute sediment to aquatic systems within the South Fork Skokomish River watershed is another objective. The restoration project involves decommissioning and conversion to trail 0.6 miles of Forest Service Road (FSR) 2361000. The 2004 South Fork Skokomish Restoration Summary identified this road as a high priority for decommissioning, based in part on its location within a drainage area that contributes to anadromous and resident fish reaches. FSR 2361000 is currently closed and is used to access Forest Service Trail - South Fork Skokomish 873. Treatments will involve: removal of six culverts; construction of cross ditches; placement of riprap at the outlet of all constructed drainage features (culvert removals and cross ditches); restoration of gullying resulting from diversion of water from the ditch; reconstruction of an intermittent channel; seeding and mulching; felling and retaining of hazardous trees; and trail construction to reduce sedimentation and erosion into nearby streams, including rock surfacing and water fords. Prior to construction, treatments will involve invasive species removal of known populations. In addition, following construction, disturbed areas will be treated to promote re-establishment of native plant species.

OBJECTIVES $$$$$$$$$$
• Achieve the terrestrial ecological objective by using commercial and pre-commercial thinning as a tool to promote the development of structural complexity in the forest stand faster than it might otherwise develop, while enhancing wildlife habitat and species diversity.
• Achieve the aquatic ecological objective by road decommissioning in order to reduce road related erosion, mass wasting, and associated sediment delivery into aquatic systems.

Projects such as road decommissioning, noxious weed removal, pre-commercial thinning, and forage planting will be accomplished utilizing the Goods for Services authority.
A.2 Project Location: Describe where the project is located relative to the nearest community.

The Pine Creek Stewardship Project is located the Pine Creek and Lebar Creek drainages within the South Fork Skokomish Watershed. This lies in Mason County 15 miles northwest of Shelton Washington.

A.3 Size of Project Area:

The project area would occur in 69 acres for commercial thinning, 110 acres pre-commercial thinning selected from stands located of in the Pine Creek and Lebar Creek drainage within the Skokomish watershed.

A.4 Proposed Activities: Describe the work activities or treatments proposed to be accomplished with your project.

In the stands thinning from below would be the silvicultural treatment. The stand would be thinned to approximately 110 trees per acre and favor retention of less common species in order to increase diversity. The stands being considered are 46 years and 41 years old in Late Successional Reserve.

There would be no new, reconstructed or temporary roads built under the proposed action. The proposed thinning units would be yarded utilizing one or both of the following methods: skyline yarding, incorporating the use of intermediate supports to maintain log suspension and reduce impacts on forest soils. Cut-to-length and yarded to existing roads using a forwarder, carrying logs clear of the ground, thereby reducing impact to forest soils.

Road decommissioning would be conducted to protect or restore both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Treatments would be developed for each road segment. Treatments typically include removal of unstable landings and side-cast material, installation of cross ditches in the road bed, removal of culverts, in-sloping and out-sloping of the road bed, and construction of a road entrance barrier.

A.5 Proposed Contract Procedures:

Authorities and Procedures Mark if Proposed for Use
Trading Goods for Services XX
Designation by Description or Prescription 1/ XX
Retention of Receipts XX
Use of Retained Receipts from Another Approved Stewardship Project
Retention of KV or BD Funds from Receipts
Best Value Contracting XX
Multi-Year Contracting XX
Other than Full and Open Competition 2/
Non-advertisement with product value exceeding $10,000
Non-USDA Administration of Timber Sales
Type of Contract(s) to be used
Integrated Resource Contract(s) - Service IRC-S
Integrated Resource Contract (s)- Timber
Standard Service Contract(s)

1/ Will require use of Washington Office or regional special provisions. Designation by Prescription is for noncommercial material or scaled sales only.

2/ Will require special Regional Forester approval - summarize the need this authority.

Was there consultation/coordination with AQM in development of the proposal?

No Yes X Miley Sutherland

A.5.1 Timeline: (estimated)

Activity Estimated Date Completed
NEPA May 2007
Layout May 2007
Contract June 2007
Advertise June 2007
Award July 2007
Contract Termination December 31, 2008

A.6 Current Status: Include a summary of the NEPA status, sale preparation, and of the collaboration accomplished to date and/or collaboration planned. List cooperating groups and/or communities, city, county, state and federal agencies, tribes, individuals, etc.

Currently the Pine Stewardship Project is in the scoping process. The ID team has been formed, the first meeting was held in April 2007. Sale prep for the commercial thin began in April 2007 and will be completed in May 2007.

Collaborative efforts and cooperating groups can be found in section B.2.

B.1 Project Funding: Please provide the source of PROPOSED funds anticipated for the project. May change as project progresses. For multiple fund codes, add rows as needed. Make entries in the first table only if funds are to be added to the contract. Adding retained receipts from another approved stewardship project goes into the second table.

Forest Service Appropriations
Fund Code(s): CMRD09 $ 35,000
Cooperator Contributions
In-cash $
Donated Services $ N/A
Other (specify) $ N/A

B.1.1 Estimated Budget: (add lines to the table as needed)

Activity 1/ Goods (+) Services (-)
Product Value (Net) Commercial Thin $ 50,000 $
Joint Watershed Venture funds 35,000

Rd.2361000 Decommission to trail conversion $ $ 50,000

Pre commercial Thinning (110 acres) $ $ 20,000
$ $
Addition of Retained Receipts
Source Stewardship Project - $ $
Totals $ 85,000 $ 70,000

1/ group activities by type of treatment type; fuel reduction, road closures, wildlife habitat
improvement, pct to restore old growth characteristics, etc.

Estimate the value of Goods by completing the following table; (add lines to the table as needed)

Product Type (Sawlogs, and convertible and nonconvertible products)

Quantity or Volume to be Removed

(CCF, Tons, lineal feet, cords, etc.)
Value of material to be

(from appraisal)

DF Sawlogs 3000 Tons $48,000
WH Sawlogs 75 Tons $2000

Total 3075 Tons $50,000
B.2 Collaboration: Please describe the collaborative process associated with the project. Scoping, hosting tours of the project area, or FS led group for the project, does not meet the collaboration requirement for stewardship.

There has been coordination with the Skokomish Watershed Action Team (SWAT). The principal players on this team include representatives from the Wilderness Society, the Hood Canal Coordinating council, the Mason Conservation District, Green Diamond Resource company, the Skokomish Tribe, and the Olympic National Forest. SWAT has organized two field tours to the project area; one in September 2006 and one in April 2007. The scoping process was done as a result of the collaborative group.
The stakeholders involved with the design of this project and its associated learning objectives are:
Skokomish Indian Tribe (Keith Dublanica, Jack Turner, Jeff Heinis, Guy Miller,)
Mason County Conservation District (Rich Geiger, Shannon Kirby, Jon Bolender)
Mason County Commissioner (Jayni Kamin)
American Forest Resource Council (Bob Dick)
The Wilderness Society (Mike Anderson, Jennifer Stephens, Michelle Ackermann)
Rocky Mtn. Elk Foundation (Wayne Marion)
The Washington Native Plant Society (Mike Marsh, Fred Weinmann)
Conservation Northwest (Derek Churchill)
Olympic Coast Alliance (Jim Davis, Marissa Cacciari-Roy)
Olympic Forest Coalition (Bonnie Philips, Kevin Geraghty)
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (Jack Smith)
Green Diamond Resources (Keith Simmons, Patti Case)
JX Construction (Dusty Watz)
RG Forestry Consultants (Ron Gold)
U.S. Forest Service (Kathy O’Halloran, Robin Stoddard, Bruce Huntley)
U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks (Sara Crumb)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Shelley Spalding)
Ecotrust (Brent Davies)
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (Neil Warner, Lee Boad)
Hood Canal Coordinating Council (Richard Brocksmith)
Cascade Land Conservancy (Ryan Dicks, Joe Samatero)
Tacoma Power (Mark Wicke, Debbie Young)

B.3 Stewardship Roles and Responsibilities: See the table for a list of roles and responsibilities related to stewardship projects. Each project and/or contract is to complete the following table to identify persons with specific roles and responsibilities. Send an electronic copy of this form to the Regional Stewardship Coordinator at time of submission of Stewardship Contracting Proposal to Regional Forester for approval as a stewardship project, with updated versions sent upon award of the contract, and prior to the start of operations. Keep the completed form with the project/contract documentation. Required entry of a named individual at time of submission of Stewardship Contracting Proposal to Regional Forester for approval as a stewardship project is indicated with and asterisk (*).

Role Responsibility Designated Person’s Name, Phone Number, e-mail address
Forest Supervisor * Overall responsibility for stewardship projects on the forest. Recommends projects to Regional Forester for approval. Recommends person by name to Regional Forester to be delegated authority as Contracting Officer for a stewardship contract. See FSH 2409.19, 60.42b. Requests from Regional Forester specific amounts of retained receipts to be transferred to another approved stewardship project.
Dale Hom

Ranger * Overall responsibility for stewardship projects on the district. Primary lead in establishing and maintaining collaboration. See FSH 2409.19, 60.42c. Coordinates with AQM in defining local area for stewardship contract. Determines amount of retained receipts to be used to pay for incidental expenses related to project level multi-party monitoring. Recommends to Forest Supervisor amounts of retained receipts to be transferred to another approved stewardship project.
Dean Yoshina

Forest Stewardship Coordinator * Provide overall guidance for stewardship process. Serve as liaison and information conduit between Forest and RO, and Timber and AQM on Forest. Arrange for necessary, internal training and information sessions. Reviews stewardship proposals for compliance with handbook, manual, and 16 U.S.C 2104 note, prior to sending to RO for Regional Forester approval.
Bruce Huntley

FS Collaborative Liasion Usually the District Ranger, but can be delegated to a person to with authority to act and speck for the ranger. Provides sideboards for the project to the Collaborative, and FS policy and direction related to proposed work activities. Dean Yoshina

ID Team Leader Leads the completion of NEPA Sara Savage

Project Implementation
Lead * Host information sessions for prospective Purchasers. Lead contact for project specific questions during contract formulation and solicitation. Provides thorough review of contract package to assure map is complete, proper provisions are being used and correctly completed, technical specifications are clear and included, etc. Lead for formulation of future contracts utilizing Retained Receipts. Completes required monthly report to Albuquerque Service Center of volume and value, work completed and credits earned, and other required upward reporting. Bruce Huntley

Robin Stoddard

FS Multi Party Monitoring Representative Represent the Forest Service with the Multi-party Monitoring Team (MPMT). Assists the MPMT with the preparation of the annual report. Robin Stoddard

Collaborative Group Representative on ID Team A person appointed by the group and approved by the District Ranger to represent their interests on the inter-disciplinary team for the approved stewardship project. Robin Stoddard

Field Implementation Lead Oversee the field work associated with the Goods (product removal) and the Services (service work). Bruce Huntley

Project Specialists Lead resource contacts responsible for preparing required specifications for individual restoration work activities included in the contract.
Marc McHenry(Aquatics)

Betsy Howell (Wildlife)

Shelly Benson (Botany)

Dick Carlson (Silviculture)

Phoebe Anderson
(Cultural Resources)

Susie Graham (Recreation)

Lupe Cisneros (Engineering)

Sara Savage (Fuels)

Contract Package Preparer Prepare all contract documents: Prospectus, Advertisement, Solicitation, FS-2400-13(T), and IRSC. Can be a timber or procurement person, but both are to work together in the preparation of the final contract package to assure proper provisions (clauses) are included, and all required parts are complete and present.
Miley Sutherland

Source Selection Authority (SSA) Per FAR’s, final authority to approve selection of Best Value Miley Sutherland

Source Selection Evaluation Board
(SSEB) ** Utilize the Source Selection Plan to evaluate offers and determine Best Value Offer to the Government. AQM CO describes to the SSEB the process or procedures to be used in evaluating proposals. A member of the collaborative is encouraged to participate in the evaluation of technical proposals, but cannot see the prices of work or product value submitted by Contractors. Robin Stoddard

Sara Savage

Miley Sutherland

Bill Shelmerdine

Jana Shinn

SSEB Review Review SSEB recommendation prior to submittal to SSA Miley Sutherland

Contracting Officer Specifically name individual with delegated authority from the Regional Forester as a Contracting Officer (CO) on Integrated Resource Contracts. Prepares the Source Selection Plan for the Best Value determination. Provide instructions and advice to SSEB and SSA. Miley Sutherland

FSR Forest Service Representative for FS-2400-13(T). Can be assigned to an IRSC to assist with product removal, and be assigned duties related to completing service work, as qualified.
Bruce Huntley

SA Sale Administrator for FS-2400-13(T). Can be assigned to an IRSC to assist with product removal, and be assigned duties related to completing service work, as qualified. Jana Shinn

HI Harvest Inspector for FS-2400-13(T). Can be assigned to an IRSC to assist with product removal, and be assigned duties related to completing service work, as qualified. TBD

ER Engineering Rep for FS-2400-13(T). Can be assigned to an IRSC to assist with required restorative road work. Lupe Cisneros

Service Work COR Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for service work in Integrated Resource Contracts, and be assigned duties related to product removal, as qualified and needed. Lupe Cisneros (Engineering)
Jana Shinn

Service Work Inspector Contract Inspector for service work in Integrated Resource Contracts, and be assigned duties related to product removal, as qualified and needed. David Tulee

* Required entry of a named individual at time of submission of the Stewardship Contracting Proposal form to Regional Forester for approval as a stewardship project.

B.4 Monitoring: Please list proposed monitoring the Forest itself will undertake on this project, monitoring utilizing Collaborative Group members, or other approaches to complete project monitoring.

Items to Monitor and Procedures

Details on the items to be monitored and procedures for monitoring will be developed jointly by the monitoring team established in cooperation with the Skokomish Watershed Action Team and the Olympic National Forest.


Prepared By: Title Date
Bruce Huntley Timber Sale Contracting Officer

District Ranger Concurrence:
Dean Yoshina

Natural Resource Staff Concurrence:
Kathy O’Halloran

Forest Supervisor Concurrence:
Dale Hom Date

Regional Coordinator Concurrence:
Michael Daugherty Date

Director of Forest Management Concurrence:
Peggy Kain

Director of Acquisition Management Concurrence:

Regional Forester Approval:
Linda Goodman

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