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Swan Ecosystem Center
planning June workshops


by Anne Dahl
Swan Ecosystem Center

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
June 4, 1998

Workshop for Forest Contractors June 19-20 in the Swan Valley Forest workers who want to be more competitive when bidding on stewardship contracts can attend a workshop June 19-20 in the Swan Valley.

Swan Ecosystem Center, a nonprofit citizens' cooperative, is hosting the "Workshop for Forest Contractors" to prepare local people for upcoming Forest Service Pilot Projects. Three Pilot Projects are planned beginning this fall-in the Swan Valley, the Seeley Lake area and at Cedar Flats near Columbia Falls. Several activities are being considered for each project.

The intent of the Pilot Projects is to explore new stewardship techniques and contracting methods with long-term forest health in mind. Strong communication skills will be required to successfully bid on the stewardship work. Contractors who can demonstrate the knowledge and ability to achieve a desired forest condition will be most competitive.

Bjorn Everson of the Oregon-based Rogue Institute will lead the workshop sessions. Everson teaches contract-writing to forest workers in the Northwest. Reforestation specialist Joe Yates, Swan Lake Ranger District, and other Forest Service experts will also be on hand.

The workshop is designed for logging contractors, forest workers, restoration specialists and people who want to hone their communication skills for the competitive bidding process.

Participants will learn skills to help them compete for stewardship work on public and private land.

The workshop begins at 5 p.m., Friday, June 19 and ends at noon June 20. A potluck lunch will follow. Bunkhouse space is available. The $35 fee includes bunkhouse rental. The fee is $25 for people who stay elsewhere.

The "Workshop for Forest Contractors" is co-sponsored by the National Network of Forest Practitioners, the Swan Lake Ranger District and Swan Ecosystem Center. Address inquiries to:

Swan Ecosystem Center, 6887 Hwy 83,

Condon, MT 59826;

406/754-3137

406/754-2965 (fax);

swanec@montana.com (e-mail).

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