About Stewardship Contracting

What is Stewardship Contracting?

To accomplish the Forest Service's stewardship responsibilities, creative approaches are needed to complete the necessary work and simultaneously contribute to the economic growth of local, rural communities. "Land Stewardship Contracting" is a solution to this problem.

Stewardship contracting has been used in the Forest Service on a limited basis for a number of years, but most often as it pertains to the harvesting of special forest products. A new approach for the use of Stewardship Contracting has been established by Congress to provide land managers another tool in order to better manage our natural resources.

In the past, timber sales provided the means and finances for conducting a variety of work on the national forest. Some receipts from the sale of timber products were held in trust using Knudsen-Vandenburg (KV) funding. These funds were used to either put together and administer service contracts, or provide funding for the agency to accomplish the work using agency employees. Often this approach required numerous separate contracts to perform the work, which may include pre-commercial thinning, creation of coarse-woody material, creation of snags, upland and riparian planting, road work such as culvert replacement and sidecast pullback, and noxious weed treatment.

The new Stewardship Contracting authority provides a means by which the management work may be accomplished using a single contract. The “General Contractor,” the primary contractor for the stewardship project, may then opt to complete all the work themself, or sub-contract the work to be done under the contract. This results in less contract preparation time for the forest service, as well as allows for one contract administrator to administer all the work included in the project.

Monitoring Reports

Multiparty monitoring reports that document and analyze the biophysical accomplishments, economic impacts and stewardship monitoring that was conducted on the Siuslaw National Forest (SNF) and non-federal property with funds generated through stewardship timber sales, through a process called stewardship contracting.

Reports are available from the Cascade Pacific Forest Stewardship Initiative website - either homepage or Resources & Publications page. 

Objectives for Siuslaw National Forest Stewardship Projects:

  • Create measurable habitat improvement and watershed enhancement in Late Successional Reserves.

  • Attain restoration objectives with a variety of landscape improvement projects and activity.

  • Allow for contractor participation in ecosystem management that results in excellent contractor performance.

  • Form a Stewardship Fund from receipts that help pay for future management actions.

  • Involve community participation in project selection.

Key Benefits:

  • Involvement of local communities, cooperating governmental agencies and others will be used to help monitoring efforts and develop specific pilot projects.

  • Receipts from stewardship projects remain on Forest to be reinvested into the project area and future restoration work.

  • Single entry, consolidation of multiple projects reduces impacts to other resources.

Find Out More....

Find out more about Stewardship Contracting in the Forest Service from the Forest Service National Headquarters.