BLM Announces Contracting Opportunities for Hazardous Fuels Reduction in Oregon and Washington
Contracts funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will aim to protect vulnerable communities from wildfire while preparing natural landscapes for a changing climate
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Bureau of Land Management announced contracting opportunities in Oregon and Washington for hazardous fuels reduction projects to reduce wildfire risk, restore forests and protect communities. The work will be funded through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which is bringing much-needed support to communities across the country to increase the resilience of lands and better support federal wildland firefighters. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides BLM with $878 million over the next five years to plan and implement fuels management.
Hazardous fuels treatments aim to reduce the dangerous buildup of vegetation that could result in highly destructive wildfire and to restore forest health. Large wildfires threaten lives, homes, and businesses, and it costs millions in taxpayer dollars to fight the fires and rebuild afterwards.
The BLM issued solicitations in four regions in Oregon and one region in eastern Washington. In each region, the BLM released two solicitations: one for mechanical treatments and one for manual treatments. Mechanical treatments can use a variety of heavy equipment for treating heavy fuel loads. Manual treatments use hand tools or small power tools, often as part of creating defensible space around buildings or ecologically sensitive areas.
The solicitations are on SAM.gov through the following links or by searching the key words, “hazardous fuels.” Proposals must be received to BLM’s National Operations Center by 1 p.m. Mountain Time on August 5, 2022.
Manual Hazardous Fuels Treatment Solicitations:
- 140L0622R0013 Central Oregon
- 140L0622R0014 East Oregon
- 140L0622R0011 Southwest Oregon
- 140L0622R0012 Northwest Oregon
- 140L0622R0015 East Washington
Mechanical Hazardous Fuels Treatment Solicitations:
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.