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April 28, 2010
 
DNR begins listing of wildfire fuel reduction projects online
Federally funded projects to provide jobs and fire prevention

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced an easier way to find the information to bid on the agency’s wildfire fuel reduction contracts. Through the department’s website, potential bidders will find a faster way to get the information needed to bid on these projects.

The wildfire fuel reduction projects are made possible through federally funded grants, such as the National Fire Plan and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“By putting these announcements online, we will be able to reach as many local bidders as possible to create jobs,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “Using our website to post the listings will save the department time and money when announcing invitations to bid.”

Across the state, DNR works to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires in high-risk communities. Overly dense forests next to residential areas create a very real danger for people and property and increase the risk of larger-scale wildfires. Part of this work is a coordinated effort of wildfire fuel reduction projects—projects in which forest contractors thin or limb dense stands of trees to remove the large volume of ‘fuel’ and allow the trees left in that area to grow healthier and stronger. Projects are targeted for private and nonfederal government forestlands in the wildland-urban interface. These projects accomplish desired fire prevention activities while providing job opportunities.

Information requirements for the various fuel reduction projects are provided on DNR’s webpage, including applications, project specifications, maps, and bid closing dates.

Contractors looking for potential fuel reduction projects to bid on can log on to
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/ForestryContracts/Pages/rp_fuel_reduction_contracts.aspx  

DNR’s wildfire mission
DNR protects about 12.7 million acres of tribal, private, and state-owned forestlands.

DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with hundreds of people trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes several hundred DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency, about 375 seasonal workers, and about 600 state Department of Corrections inmates who participate in the Washington Work Camps Program. DNR also participates in Washington’s interagency approach to firefighting.

In addition, with financial support from the U.S. Forest Service, DNR provides forest management advice and financial assistance to small family forest owners. This assistance helps landowners to reduce the risk of wildfire and to improve fish and wildlife habitat, forest health, and timber growth. Landowners of five or more forested acres can request information and assistance by e-mailing to forest_stewardship@dnr.wa.gov or contacting the Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator at any DNR Region Office.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Outreach and Education, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov

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