The Alabama Forestry Commission, an agency of Alabama state government, is in need of a State of Alabama Registered Forester to assist with the planning, coordinating, and execution of a statewide cogongrass mitigation program. The Commission needs a Registered Forester who can provide the following specific services:
- Scope of Work
The purpose of the program is to identify cogongrass, an exotic plant species
that is occupying hundreds of acres in Alabama. Some infested acres are compromised, harmed,
and even destroyed by this non-native invasive plant. Cogongrass restricts the growth of native
vegetation and impedes existing wildlife habitat. Acreages with extensive cogongrass infestations
are economically and ecologically degraded.
The Alabama Forestry Commission (acting through both its employees and contractors) will
identify and document cogongrass infestations in the state, with the goal of controlling or
eradicating such infestations. Non-industrial private landowners with confirmed cogongrass
infestations on properties located in Alabama are eligible for this incentive program. Once these
infestations are approved into the program, they will be scheduled for herbicide spraytreatments.
Several consecutive treatments within 2-3 years will be applied to infestations for
complete control and/or eradication.
- Contractor’s Qualifications
Any contractor entering into a contract with the Alabama Forestry
Commission to perform work under this program must be a Registered Forester in the State of
Alabama. In the case of a contractor that is a business entity, all such work must be performed
under the direction of an employee of the business entity who is a Registered Forester in the
State of Alabama. The work required by the contract is professional in nature, as the execution
of this program will have a substantial impact on the forests and landowners of this state. Any
contractor working under this program will be involved in planning, coordinating, and executing
the program, all with the oversight and approval of the Alabama Forestry Commission.
This program requires highly responsible and professional work. Any contractor selected by the
Alabama Forestry Commission must be capable of working across large geographic segments of
the state and must have or have access to all the resources and manpower needed to
successfully execute and complete the program. Contractor must agree to abide by all program
rules and restrictions, as well as to indemnify and hold the State of Alabama harmless against
any legal liability associated with contractor’s work under the program. Contractor must have
liability insurance coverage of no less than $1 million and must agree to add the State of
Alabama as an additional insured on such insurance policy.
- Contractor’s Responsibilities
The Alabama Forestry Commission will enter into agreements
with one or more contractors to coordinate and conduct herbicide spray treatments on a given
number of cogongrass infestations. Higher quantities and larger sizes of infestations are
concentrated in South Alabama. Contractors will spray-treat infestations that are greater than
10 acres. The focused counties are illustrated on the included map and marked with a blue
circle. These counties are: Baldwin, Mobile, Washington, Clarke, Monroe, Choctaw, Marengo,
Wilcox, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Dallas, Conecuh, Escambia, Butler, Crenshaw, Covington,
Coffee, Geneva, Dale, Houston, Lowndes, Pike, Bullock, Montgomery, Barbour, Russell, Bibb,
Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Autauga, and Henry. There may be additional counties added to the
agreement if cogongrass infestations greater than 10 acres are verified in these supplemental
counties and approved into the program. An agreement between a participating landowner and
the Alabama Forestry Commission will allow the contractor(s) egress and ingress to properties
approved into the program. All spray treatments made under this program must be conducted
between May 1 and October 15.
- Herbicide Requirements
Contractor(s) will use ground application method to implement foliar
herbicide spray treatments. All herbicide applicators must have a Commercial Pesticide
Applicator License issued by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and must
comply with federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Applicators must also follow
all label instructions for herbicides used in spray treatments. The following herbicides and rates
will be approved for use under this program:
- Herbicides with the active ingredient glyphosate at 50+% (i.e., Accord XRT, Cinco, Roundup Pro Concentrate, Rodeo, etc.)
- Herbicides with the active ingredient imazapyr at 52+% (i.e., Arsenal AC, Polaris AC, Imazapyr 4SL, etc.)
- Nonionic surfactant with active ingredient at 70+% (i.e., Dyne-A-Pak, Destiny, and Methylated Vegetable Oil)
- Optional – Marking dye for herbicides
- Glyphosate product as a single herbicide in solution – 5% application rate
- Imazapyr product as a single herbicide in solution – 1% application rate
- Nonionic surfactant (if needed) in solution – 0.5% to 1% application rate
- Marking dye (optional) in solution – 0.1% to 0.05% application rate
- The solution or mix amount applied to infestations will be at a rate of 30-40 gallons per acre, based on the maturity (height) of the cogongrass.
- Spray-treat cogongrass and buffer of 10 additional feet surrounding the infestation for spot sizes between 10 to 100 acres.
- Cost and Payment
Interested contractors must submit a per acre cost quote along with the
contractor’s name, business entity (if applicable), physical address, telephone and FEIN. All
payments to any contractor will be made pursuant to timely invoices submitted to the Alabama
Forestry Commission. All such invoices must be submitted for payment within fiscal-year
deadlines established by the State of Alabama. To receive payment, a contractor must alsoregister in the Alabama Department of Finance STAARS portal
(https://procurement.staars.alabama.gov/), enter tax relevant information, and receive a VC or
VS number, unless this process has not already been completed by the contractor.
- Contract Requirements
There will be a professional service contract between the contractor
and the Alabama Forestry Commission stating the framework and respective responsibilities for
cooperatively controlling cogongrass under this program. This contract will be subject to all
applicable state laws and must be approved by the Contract Review Permanent Legislative
Oversight Committee. The initial contract shall be for two years and may be renewed for an
additional one year thereafter.
- Submission of Proposal
Contractors submitting proposals should include a resume, curriculum
vitae, and/or narrative describing their experience and skillset and how they can best serve the
Alabama Forestry Commission. All proposals must state a per-acre rate of compensation for
professional services rendered. Contractual terms of any proposal may be negotiable, but all terms
must comply with state law and procurement processes. The submission of a proposal does not
guarantee that a contract will be granted, and the Alabama Forestry Commission assumes no
liability or responsibility to any individual or business by considering a submitted proposal. The
Alabama Forestry Commission reserves the right to accept multiple proposals or to reject any or
all proposals that may be received.