FWS Seeks Partners in Woody Biomass Removal and Utilization for Restoration of Wildlife Habitat
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for commercial tree cutting/clearing contractors who wish to provide services to help improve habitat for grassland dependent bird species. In continued efforts to restore historic prairie wetland complexes we wish to remove non-native or invading woody species in specific areas and plant native grasses and forbs. Some of the species that may be removed would include buckthorn, green ash, black locust, aspen and box elder. We may also remove planted stands of pines. Based on species, diameter, soundness, or stocking levels; the bulk of the trees to be removed is considered “unmerchantable” by conventional logging standards. However, trees may be chipped and utilized as bio-fuel, mulch, or similar products. Generally we will not pay for tree clearing services, but the contractor may recapture operational costs by marketing these products.