Phase 2 Integrated Resource Stewardship Contract - Request for Proposals

The Forest Service and partners are working together on the 4FRI Phase Two Integrated Resource Stewardship Contract (IRSC) Request for Proposals (RFP) – the Initiative's second large-scale, long-term mechanical thinning effort.  The process may result in one or more large-scale forest thinning contracts within the overall 4FRI area. 

This is one of the first times the Agency is using the recently authorized 20-year stewardship authority (from the 2018 Omnibus Bill).

It is imperative to attract and sustain a sophisticated and well-capitalized forest products industry in northern and central Arizona in order to thin overgrown National Forest System lands to reduce risk of severe wildfire and create healthy, resilient conditions. The RFP will invite proposals from private industry that present thoughtful and innovative approaches to implementing forest restoration activities. 

RFP Partnerspicture of stacked logs from thinning project

  • Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)
  • Salt River Project (SRP)
  • Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)
  • Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM)

The Partners assembled a team comprised of wide range of experts including foresters, forest product experts, data and financial analysts, contracting officials, policy specialists, and legal staff.

Representatives from BOR, SRP, and DFFM will assist in the evaluation of proposals and make recommendations to the FS. The FS retains the responsibility and due diligence for all the decisions outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations and will make the final award.   

The solicitation is on the Federal Business Opportunities website ( solicitation #12-8371-19-R-4005), which is the only location for official information regarding the Phase 2 RFP.



The Solicitation was issued September 13, 2019. The RFP invites proposals that are sustainable, innovative, feasible, and cost-effective. Proposals will be due February 3, 2020.  Contract award is anticipated for April 2020. 

Any changes to this information will be posted as Amendments on the FBO website.  

Media contacts can be found in the Press Release: Forest Service seeks proposals for large-scale forest thinning in northern Arizona. 

For all technical contractual inquiries, refer to the contact information outlined on the FBO website.


Pre-Solicitation Notice

The Pre-Solicitation notice was posted on July 10, 2019.  In order to provide potential bidders an opportunity to start gathering some of the information they’d need to build sound and innovative proposals, the Pre-Solicitation notice contains some details from the RFP (such as performance area and sub areas) that are typically not shared until the actual Solicitation. 


Explore the 4FRI Website!
A wealth of general information about the entire Four Forest Restoration Initiative, including geospatial information (such as forest characterization data and LiDAR), the collaboratively developed 4FRI Strategic Plan, and
Monthly Implementation and Planning Update Tables can be found throughout the site.  


Information/Data Disclaimer: Publicly available information/data is for information purposes only. Offerors are to independently verify any information/data provided. Offerors should not rely on this information/data as 100% accurate.  Note that the public information/data is subject to change without notice.