Partnerships

LAKE WEDINGTON RECREATION AREA-REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR RESPONSES TO OCTOBER 16, 2023

The Forest Service would like to explore the potential of entering into a partnership or collaboration that provides increased services at the Lake Wedington Recreation Area in Fayetteville, Arkansas either through the development of a Concession Agreement or Historic Lease. This Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) invites submission of concepts that would explore the development potential of the Lake Wedington Recreation Area on the Boston Mountain Ranger District of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. The Forest Service seeks proposals from individuals, governmental, quasi-governmental agencies, non-profit or for-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

FULL PROJECT DOCUMENT LINK HERE, AT RIGHT AND AT BOTTOM OF PAGE!

Site Visits – Two site visits are scheduled with Forest Service staff and will take place on Friday, July 14, 2023 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Friday, August 18, 2023 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. During the site visits, interested parties will be able to tour the Lake Wedington Recreation Area and associated infrastructure, including any areas that may normally be closed to the public. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Amy Burt by phone call or text to (479) 280-0452 or by email at amy.burt@usda.gov.

Submission Format

The Forest Service asks interested parties to provide notice of their interest regarding this opportunity. Please provide all information in a letter-size (8.5” X 11“) format using 10, 11, or 12-point font for all text with page margins of 1” on all sides. Expressions of Interest must be submitted in two (2) forms: one complete paper copy and one electronic copy on a USB flash (jump) drive. The electronic copy must be in a Microsoft Office program or a PDF file that allows for copying and pasting of text. Any page with proprietary or confidential information must be noted with a disclaimer, however applicants should be aware that proposals are broadly subject to public disclosure pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (5 USC § 552).
 
Please mail or hand-deliver submissions by October 16, 2023 to:
 
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
Attn:  Planning and Public Services Staff Officer
Lake Wedington Recreation Area RFEI
605 West Main Street
Russellville, AR  72801

Submission Criteria

Please provide the following in your expression of interest:

  1. Cover letter. A cover letter expressing your interest including your name, company or organization, and contact information (phone, address, email address).
  2. Concept. Please address:
    1. The type of use proposed.  Explain how this use aligns with the purpose and mission of the Forest Service and the Lake Wedington Recreation Area.
    2. A description of planned improvements.
    3. Any additional information or considerations relevant to the proposed concept or experience. 
  3. Business and Financial Considerations. Address the nature of any partnerships proposed, including the roles and responsibilities of each entity in the proposed use. Describe the cost of planned improvements and your funding source for these improvements.
    1. If a permit is issued, a fee will likely be charged. The fee can be for items such as: covering the administrative costs for administering the permit, function like rent for utilizing a facility, or funding a commensurate share of maintenance.

Proposals should not be contingent upon the availability of Forest Service funds.

QUESTIONS ABOUT RFEI?

Interested respondents may submit questions regarding this RFEI by email to Amy Burt at amy.burt@usda.gov or at 479-964-7234. Questions can be submitted until 5:00pm on September 11, 2023. Answers to all questions will be provided within 5 working days. All questions and answers received on this RFEI will be posted on the link below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LINK