The Ottawa National Forest is a substantial contributor to the economies of local communities through contracting with various businesses and citizens for the procurement and acquisition of goods and services. Services are acquired through contracts, purchasing, and other various contract tools.
Contracted services included:
- Tree thinning projects
- Construction of trails
- Janitorial services
- Construction needed for repair and construction of facilities
- And other various commodities and services.
Purchases from local vendors for needed supplies to support fire incidents include:
- Water, fuel, batteries, medical supplies, mechanic services, tires, etc.
- Lodging, portable toilets, and equipment rentals such as bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, water trucks, pack strings, etc.
What a Contractor Needs to Know
The Ottawa National Forest receives procurement support for acquisitions over $25,000 from the Lake States Acquisition Team. Acquisitions below $25,000 are processed by the Ottawa National Forest’s Purchasing Office.
In addition to the Huron-Manistee, the Lake States Acquisition Team provides shared services for contracting and acquisition to the:
- Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
- Hiawatha National Forest
- Huron-Manistee National Forest
- Ottawa National Forest
The following three sites provide information on contracting with the federal government:
- The Federal Business Opportunities website, known as FedBizOpps, is where commercial vendors may search and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community, including the Forest Service.
- National information for Forest Service Acquisition, including a helpful checklist for contractors, can be found at Forest Service Acquisitions
- The USDA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities lists planned procurement opportunities for the current fiscal year.
Lake States Acquisition Team
USDA Forest Service
Lake States Acquisition Team
500 Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Ottawa NF Purchasing Office
Grants and Agreements
Working cooperatively with state, local government, institution of higher learning, profit and non-profit organizations to diversify local economies, protect lives, homes and natural resources from uncontrolled wildland fires, and forest stewardship and servicing the public grants and agreements management in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
For more information visit:
If you would like to enter into an agreement with the Ottawa National Forest contact an Office.
The Federal government and Indian tribes have a unique relationship that is “government-to-government”. The basis for this is in the constitution of the United States (Article 1, Section 8) which recognized tribes as sovereign. The Forest Service is committed to this relationship with federally recognized Tribal governments.
National Forests have important historical, spiritual, and cultural significance for Tribes. Forests often serve as a source of traditional medicines, food, firewood, and basketry materials. Consultation with tribes provides an invaluable means of obtaining expert advice, ideas, information, and diverse opinions from Native Americans in an effort to work together collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for ecosystem health and cultural values.
The Forest Service and 10 Chippewa Tribes of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission entered into an agreement December 1998. The agreement deals primarily with the exercise of the Tribes' treaty rights to gather wild plants on National Forest lands within the areas ceded in those treaties. Information about the agreement can be found on below listed links:
- Memorandum Of Understanding
- Campground Fee and Length of Stay Agreement
- Lake States and Ceded Terroritories
To obtain more information on agreements, Memorandum Of Understandings, and additional links with local Tribes visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests website
Volunteers are an important part of caring for the land and serving the people on our National Forest.
Volunteering isn't just beneficial for the forest, it benefits you. Simply put, it's fun. It can give you the opportunity to pursue a special interest, such as bird watching or hiking. The types of work you may perform are many and varied. If you are interested in volunteering contact the nearest Forest Service office or email us at Ottawa_NF@fs.fed.us .
The Ottawa National Forest has several groups and organizations that we work with on a regular basis (pdf). These groups are often in need of new members and volunteers.
The Ottawa National Forest typically offers a volunteer event on National Public Lands Day, always the last Saturday in September.
The Ottawa National Forest has two Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee's (RAC's) that are chartered by the USDA: Gogebic and Ontonagon. Members of both the Gogebic and Ontonagon RAC's have been vetted and designated by the Secretary of the USDA, and both meet under Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) regulations. Both committtees first met in 2010. All meetings are open to the public.