2019-2020 Forest Restoration Volunteer Recruitment Services

Agency: City of Mercer Island
State: Washington
Type of Government: State & Local
Posted Date: Nov 14, 2018
Due Date: Nov 28, 2018
Solicitation No: RFQ 18-13
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Posting Number: RFQ 18-13
Project Name: 2019-2020 Forest Restoration Volunteer Recruitment Services
Opening Date: 11/8/2018
Opening Time: 3:30:00 PM
Due Date: 11/28/2018
Due Time: 01:00 PM
Status: Open
Description:
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
CITY OF MERCER ISLAND, WASHINGTON
2019-2020 Forest Restoration Volunteer Recruitment, Training,
and Coordination Services

DUE DATE: November 28, 2018
TIME: 1:00 PM
​INTRODUCTION
The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department (MIPR) solicits qualifications for Forest Restoration Volunteer Recruitment, Training, and Coordination Services for the 2019-2020 biennium. Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) are requested from organizations or project teams (Consultant) experienced in the fields of natural area/urban forest restoration and volunteer management and training.

BACKGROUND
The City of Mercer Island benefits from more than 300 acres of forested parks and open spaces that provide valuable ecosystem, economic, and human health benefits to the community. Mercer Island’s open spaces, however, face numerous threats common to urban forests and natural areas in the Puget Sound lowlands. Invasive plants such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry threaten the existing forest canopy, suppress the next generation of native trees and understory from establishing, decrease habitat quality, and negatively impact the forest’s resilience in the face of a changing climate.

During the past 15 years, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation has been working to improve the health and long term sustainability of its open spaces. This work is guided by the City of Mercer Island’s Open Space Vegetation an and its 10-Year Evaluation and Update, adopted by City Council in March 2015. This document provides a summary of open space conditions as well as management goals, objectives, and priorities. Work is accomplished through professional restoration contractors, in-house seasonal restoration technicians, and community forest stewardship volunteers who remove invasive plants and install native plant species. The City has built a successful community forest stewardship program in collaboration with local non-profit volunteer management organizations. Community forest stewardship supports the City’s efforts to restore valuable open space as well as provides adults and youth the opportunity to learn about restoration, build relationships with friends and neighbors, and cultivate a strong ethic of community service. In 2017 alone, forest stewardship volunteers worked over 5,000 hours in Mercer Island parks. The City seeks to continue this success and strengthen the volunteer program.

The complete RFQ is available here.

QUESTIONS
Please direct all questions concerning this Request for Qualifications, the City’s requirements or its evaluation process to Kim Frappier, Parks Natural Resources Specialist, (206) 275-7882 or kim.frappier@mercergov.org .

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