Tompkins County
New York


Award of Two-Year Forestry Services Contract For County-Owned Forest Lands in the Town of Newfield


Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Department of Finance duly advertised a Request for Qualifications for forestry services in the Town of Newfield, and


WHEREAS, three responses were received and Forecon Forestry and Natural Resources Consultants (Forecon) was selected as the preferred firm to assist the County in assessing County forest land and managing a timber harvest, and


WHEREAS, Forecon recommends timber harvests be bid over two seasons so as to allow for highest potential rate of return and compliance with the harvest recommendations in the County Forest Management Plan, and


WHEREAS, a two-year contract with Forecon would be required to allow for a timber harvest that could span two seasons, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That a contract be authorized for two years with Forecon Forestry and Natural Resources Consulting of Cortland, New York, for a total of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000),


RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be authorized to execute any contracts or agreements related to this project,


RESOLVED, further, That the contract will take into account management of old growth according to the County’s 2007 Plan.


Meeting History

Nov 2, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:Carol Chock, Member
SECONDER:David McKenna, Member
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, David McKenna, Carol Chock
Nov 9, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Ms. Kiefer said she does not oppose the resolution but believes there were important comments made at the Committee meeting that should be brought up at this meeting.

Mr. Klein said the County owns between 400 and 500 acres of forest land and that the County’s Forest Management Plan was last updated in 2007. He said his question was about old growth and it was noted that the consultant has been requested to look at the parcels again. He further commented that this discussion will come back to Committee.

Ms. Borgella agreed to the management of old growth being added to the scope of work by the consultants. There will also be a review of the 2007 Plan.

In response to Ms. Chock, Mr. Klein said he asked the question about additional costs for this work and it was believed this would not be a problem or that more money would be needed at this time.

Following further discussion, the following suggestion by Ms. Chock was accepted as friendly:

“RESOLVED, further, That the contract will take into account management of old growth according to the County’s 2007 Plan.”

MOVER:Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER:David McKenna, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Shawna Black
EXCUSED:Michael Sigler