The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe acquired approximately 12,000 acres of its ancestral forestlands in the Tolt River watershed in 2022. The Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Forest (STAF) has significant cultural, historic, environmental, and economic value to the Tribe and is near the lands originally promised to the Tribe as its reservation by the federal government in the 1930s. The lands acquired by the Tribe were managed for industrial timber purposes for over a century. The Tribe’s forest management objectives are more diverse than commercial timber and include managing the forest with methods that offset carbon emissions including reforestation of hundreds of acres that were clearcut and in need of plant diversification. To meet these objectives, the Tribe requires an adequate supply of seedlings for future replanting.

There is a national shortage of native and commercial tree seedlings needed for both timber plantations and forest restoration efforts. This limits the amount of carbon sequestration the Tribe can accomplish by managing the STAF with sustainability in mind. For both carbon offset and replanting projects, there is a lack of diversity available from plant nurseries in the STAF area in terms of species availability, genetic variability, and which plants are included within the forest structure. The Tribe needs a thorough assessment of the quantities and species of plants needed for STAF reforestation, the current market availability of these plants, and opportunities for filling the gaps so that the Tribe can fulfill its forest management and restoration goals.

The Tribe seeks proposals from qualified and experienced consultants to provide an analysis of the feasibility of creating and operating a native plant nursery for use by the Tribe. Funding for this feasibility study comes from the Tribal Carbon Offset Assistance Grant, which provides funding for Tribes to support developing carbon offset projects on federally recognized tribal lands in Washington. The consultant’s report must comply with Washington State grant requirements as allowed by the Washington State Climate Commitment Act (CCA).

All correspondence shall be directed through Jaime Martin, Government Affairs and Special Projects Director at or designee. Please submit RFPs by June 15th, 2024.

Late responses will not be accepted or considered.

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