Lassen Fire Safe Council issues RFP for Eastside Communities Protection Project archaeological surveys

The Lassen Fire Safe Council, Inc. is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants to perform archaeological survey work in the Plumas National Forest, Beckwourth Ranger District. The survey area is approximately 3 miles south of Milford, California west of Highway 395. The contract area is approximately 17,500 acres and the survey area is approximately 11,068 acres.

Fieldwork, which includes pedestrian survey as well as site monitoring and recording of new sites, in this contract is expected to be completed in the field season of 2024.

Bids will be received in person at the Lassen Fire Safe Council office at 1825 Main St. Susanville, California, by mail at PO Box 816 Susanville, CA 96130, or by email at cade@lassenfiresafecouncil.org. Bids are due no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023.

Lassen Fire Safe Council, Inc. will evaluate proposals submitted by offerors who present a price offer according to the information found in the bid package. Proposals will be accepted from consultants who demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the scope of work being contracted and have valid required insurance and licenses in effect at the time of bid submission.

For proposal package including scope of work, maps, and forms visit:

https://www.lassenfiresafecouncil.org/bid-contracting-opportunities

For questions, contact Lassen Fire Safe Council at (530) 251-5560 or email at cade@lassenfiresafecouncil.org

Description of the project
The Eastside Communities Project is being planned by the Plumas National Forest in partnership with the Lassen County Fire Safe Council. This federal undertaking must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended and procedures of the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation outlined within 36 CFR 800 and will comply with the provisions of the National Programmatic Agreement for Phasing Section 106 for Large-Scale Multi-Year Projects. The Phasing NPA 2021 addresses the need to phase the Section 106 process for long-term wildfire prevention, forest health improvement and other large-scale projects undertaken by the Forest Service.

The Phasing NPA 2021 allows for cultural resource inventory to occur post-National Environmental Policy Act decision and prior to implementation for undertakings that may affect historic properties. A Heritage Implementation Plan has been developed by the Plumas National Forest in consultation with the California State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribes that outlines how NHPA will be met post NEPA decision.

The contractor will follow the PNF Protect and Recover HIP to complete the work described herein. They shall furnish all necessary personnel, facilities, equipment, materials, and transportation to perform the work described in this statement of work. The contractor’s Principal Investigator, identified in the proposal, shall meet Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards and shall supervise all phases of the investigations.

The total amount of previously recorded sites and survey needs acreage will change after the time of contract award if new information is found during the refinement of project data. However, the differences in the quantity of these changes, in survey acres and number of known sites, are not expected to be a significant amount. Contractors will be paid for actual work completed.