Working Together


Contractors working on a bridge replacement.Contracting

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

Contractors working on a paving project.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:

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.


Contact Information

Lake States Acquisition Team

USDA Forest Service
Lake States Acquisition Team
500 Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: 715-362-1187
Fax: 715-362-1188


Ottawa NF Purchasing Office

USDA Forest Service
Ottawa National Forest
ATTN: Stacy Maki
E6248 US2
Ironwood, MI 4938
Phone: 231-932-1330 ext. 343
Fax: 906-932-0122


Resource Advisory Committee

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.

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