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CA-FARALLON NWR-PLANT MONITORING

General Information

Document Type:PRESOL
Posted Date:Aug 16, 2017
Category: Special Studies and Analyses - Not R&D
Set Aside:N/A

Contracting Office Address

FWS, DIVISION OF CONTRACTING AND GE EASTSIDE FEDERAL COMPLEX 911 NE 11TH AVENUE PORTLAND OR 97232-4181 US

Description

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Contracting and General Services (CGS) Region 1 has been tasked to solicit and procure a firm-fixed-price (FFP) contract for plant monitoring protocol and survey at the Southeast Farallon Island, Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (San Francisco County, CA). Project is unrestricted to any size business. Applicable NAICS code is 541690. Small business size is defined as $15.0 million or less annually when averaged over a three year period. The period of performance for the project is from date of award to December 31, 2018. Site visit details will be included on the solicitation package to be issued hereafter. The following is an overview of the scope of work: 1.Scope 1.1.Design and write protocol for field-based surveys to monitor changes in the species composition and cover of plants on Southeast Farallon Island as well as conduct one complete survey in Spring 2018. Monitoring protocol will focus on monitoring vegetation changes in response to invasive plant control conducted by the Service. is to The contractor, Refuge Manager and a USFWS Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Specialist will discuss and mutually agree upon the monitoring approach including data collection, data management, logistics and measures to avoid disturbance to sensitive natural resources. The following will apply to the refuge plant monitoring at a minimum: 2.1.1 Data collection standards. All information collected will follow scientifically accepted data standards for monitoring changes in plant community composition. At a minimum, data collected on each survey will include date, observer, species name (scientific), collection method, management unit name, percent cover, and phenology. The island will be subdivided into management units based on factors such as aspect, slope, dominant plant community composition, and other habitat variables. A data dictionary will be constructed from fields and domains defined in the NWRS RLGIS data dictionary (Attachment B RLGIS data dictionary). The contractor will document survey areas (e.g., plots, transects; shapefile). 2.1.2. Data collection and management tools. All plant monitoring areas (e.g., plots, transects) will be mapped using GPS as buffered points, buffered lines or polygons. Data will be spatially referenced using the NAD83 UTM Zone 10 projection. Criteria for deciding when to use a buffered point, buffered line or polygon feature type will be defined and mutually agreed upon and documented in the monitoring protocol. The software platform for data collection will be TerraSync and PathFinder Office unless a mutually agreed upon alternative is identified. 2.1.3 Monitoring period and staffing. At a minimum, plant monitoring surveys should be conducted during early spring (mid-March to late April) when most plants are in the vegetative and/or flowering stage. An additional summer survey period(s) could be added to better describe distribution and abundance of certain non-native perennial plants such as New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) and narrowleaf plantain (Plantago coronopus) that are typically larger and considerably easier to find after the annual growth has died back. For field surveys, the contractor will ensure that the required number of field personnel is provided to survey all areas. The contractor will meet with refuge staff prior to the field survey to: 1) ensure required access is provided; 2) schedule transportation to the islands; 3) identify safety hazards; and 4) review sensitive resource areas and agree upon measures to minimize disturbance to sensitive natural resources. 2.1.4. Voucher specimen collections. A specimen will be collected for each discovery of a previously undocumented plant species for the island. Specimens will include the following information: family, genus, species, subspecies/variety, date, collector s name, location (refuge, unit), UTM, description of environment (e.g., slope, marine terrace), and a brief description of plant. Collected plants are to be donated to the California Academy of Science, San Francisco, California. For further information on pressing plants go to: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herbarium/voucher.htm Basis for award will be "Lowest-Priced, Technically-Acceptable." Lowest priced proposal will be based upon the combined total cost for all bid items. If available funding at time of receipt of proposals is not sufficient to award all line items in the bid schedule, the Service will make a determination on what line items are considered most desirable based upon available monies. Lowest price for all proposals will then be evaluated based upon the total for those line items deemed most desirable to the Service. If the lowest priced proposal is technically acceptable, award will be made and no other proposals evaluated. If the lowest priced proposal is not technically acceptable, the Service will evaluate the next lowest priced proposal and so on until a proposal is identified to be technically acceptable. In determining whether a proposal as technically acceptable, the Service will be asking for a technical proposal (not-to-exceed ten (10) pages) that specifies similar skills/experience as addressed in paragraph 1.3 of the Statement of Work as follows: 1) demonstrated ability to identify both native and non-native plants of the Farallon Islands (see Attachment 3, Plant List), including expert use of plant identification keys; 2) demonstrated knowledge and skills of plant survey and monitoring techniques; 3) demonstrated knowledge and skills at writing survey and monitoring protocols; 4) staying and working for multiple days (up to two weeks) on a relatively remote island; 5) working on steep, rocky slopes; and 6) recognize and avoid damage to sensitive bird nesting habitat. Solicitation Number F17PS01227 with attachments is being posted on or about August 16, 2017 with proposals due by 3 PM PST on September 7, 2017. Proposals must be received by mail channels by no later that date/time or can be emailed to Karl_Lautzenheiser@fws.gov. No further notice will be posted on FedBizOpps. To be considered for award, interested contractors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database at (https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/) and Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) must be completed at this same website. For technical or contract questions, please contact Karl Lautzenheiser by email to Karl_Lautzenheiser@fws.gov.

Original Point of Contact

POC Lautzenheiser, Karl

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