Request for Proposals
A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the "Murphys-to-Forest Meadows WUI Fuelbreak Project" was issued on Sept. 27th, 2021.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) is for mechanical mastication work and limited hand treatment under CAL FIRE Grant 5GG19147 for four units totaling approximately 759 acres.
Proposals must be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received no later than Oct 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM.
A pre-bid tour will be held on Friday, October 8 at 8:00 AM.
A map to the meeting place is HERE
Please RSVP to email@example.com for the tour. This will be your only opportunity to inspect the jobsite.
UPDATES TO RFP AS OF 10/20/2021
Murphys-To-Forest Meadows WUI Fuel Break Project
Additional information as of 10/24/2021
(In response to questions from contractors)
- The prescription clearly says blackberries will be treated.
- If leach lines are to be treated, will need to utilize lower weight machines such as skid steerers and mini excavators.
- Gordon Long will work directly with contractor(s) and landowners on specific concerns including 100 ft DSZ, structures, utility/water lines, ornamental vegetation to leave, etc.
- Flagging or marking will be done prior to treatment for items to avoid.
- Brush patches without human debris will be treated— no garbage to be touched.
- CCRCD (Gordon Long) will GPS acreages for payment along with CalFire also to determine acres treated.
- Gordon Long will coordinate with every landowner prior to machinery entry
- Gordon will be on-site with contractor(s) at beginning of treatment for every new landowner
Update as of 10/20/21:
Regarding the logistics for crossing the concrete water ditch at the water holding forebay (info from Utica Water):
- Contract awardees will be allowed to place steel plating/beams on the bridge and adjacent ground to provide access across/over the ditch.
- The weight limit for this is unknown.
- The bridge is 12” thick reinforced concrete
- Full-size excavators, D7 dozers, concrete trucks, etc. are currently allowed to cross the bridge.
Changes from the original RFP:
A revised RFP has been uploaded to the CCRCD website and can be accessed here: MURPYS TO FM RFP FOR BIDDERS FOLDER
Items in the RFP that have been altered are highlighted in yellow.
The following changes to the RFP have been made:
- The due date for proposals has been extended to October 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM.
- All references to hand work have been removed.
- CCRCD will work closely with the contract awardees to define previously and newly identified hand units.
- No hand work will be required outside the contractor’s safety and comfort level.
- If a contractor elects not to provide hand work, that is fine.
- Contractor will be paid only for acres treated.
- If significant areas of the project are left untreated because they require hand treatment, the CCRCD will issue a separate RFP to address those areas/treatments.
- A revised geo-referenced map of the overall project (the 4 areas being bid on) is now available in the contractor folder: MURPYS TO FM RFP FOR BIDDERS FOLDER
- The original RFP indicated that CCRCD had a strong preference to make only 2 awards. We have decided that because the project is so complex, we will consider awarding up to 4 contracts. This means you may bed on any/all individual units.
- If you bid for 3+ units, please include information to support that you have enough staff and equipment to work on 2 units concurrently. CCRCD wants a minimum of two crews working on the project so that the majority of the work is completed prior to July 2022 (fire season).
- In addition to bidding on any/all units, we ask that you rank your preference for the units, 1-4, with 1 being your most preferred unit and 4 being your least preferred unit.
Additional information based on discussions at the Pre-Bid Tour:
- There was a question about whether the acres in the “exclusion area” in the Mt. Davis-Crestview unit were included in the acreage calculation for that unit. ANSWER: they are not. The treatment area for that unit is 206 acres.
- Access to the unit(s) will be provided via Woodland Road and Tanner’s property along Pennsylvania Gulch Road as needed. Smaller equipment can also gain access at Tanner Road near Murphys Diggins. Access may also be available along Woodland Road via the gate at the back of Murphys Diggins (would need permission first).
- Access to some units may be through other project units; all contractors must cooperate to allow access across units.
Here are before and after photos at same site. First photo taken June 2, 2021. Second photo taken June 3, 2021. First photo has contractor, Tanner Logging crew. They accomplished the mastication work in a single day!
CAL FIRE Awards $43.5 million in Local Fire Prevention Grants
Projects protect communities, reduce fire threat and greenhouse gases.
CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) this week awarded $43.5 million dollars to local organizations to reduce the risk of wildfires to homes and communities across California. Fifty-five local fire prevention projects are receiving funding for hazardous fuel reductions, wildfire preparedness planning and fire prevention education.
$2,161,776 Goes to Calaveras County Resource Conservation District
Strategically placed fuel breaks reduce wildfire hazards; provide greater safety to fire fighters by creating a defensible area; and reduce the intensity of wildfires. The proposed fuel break would protect approximately 7,000 homes along the Ebbetts Pass Corridor. Benefits from the AVOIDANCE of wildfires cannot be accurately measured, but according to the USGS, the 2018 wildfire season in California burned 8.8 million acres, releasing 68 million tons of carbon dioxide, or 15% of the state's total emissions, equivalent to the emissions from all electricity used in California for a full year. Net carbon sequestration would be due to improved forest health and growth.
CalFire M2FM WUI GRANT
Great work starts with great grants!