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F -- Acquatic Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring

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541620 — Environmental Consulting Services
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Chamberlin, Judith
Small Business Set-Aside
THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS. THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT-140L0618R0021. The purpose of this sources sought announcement is for market research to make an appropriate acquisition decision and to gain knowledge of potential qualified businesses interested and capable of providing the services described below. Documentation of technical expertise must be presented in sufficient detail for the Government to determine that your company possesses the necessary functional area expertise and experience to compete for this acquisition. Background The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages nearly 150,000 miles of streams and river, and 13 million acres of wetlands in fourteen western states (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming). The BLM mandates land health monitoring to document effectiveness of the decisions established in Resource Management Plans, to determine treatment effectiveness, or for habitat evaluation, among others. The Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) strategy is the approved monitoring strategy for aquatic monitoring. Several hundred points are monitored each year. The core and contingent or supplemental methods are described in AIM monitoring manuals and on the website aim.landscapetoolbox.org. AIM methods and data collection span various habitats. BLM lands include uplands, aquatic/riparian areas, and wetlands/lentic areas, and AIM monitoring occurs in all of these land types. AIM information is used to inform Land Use Plan Effectiveness evaluations, livestock grazing permit renewals, reclamation or restoration efforts, and habitat assessments (including for Greater Sage-Grouse), among others. Scope BLM requires the collection of data from up to 2,500 aquatic field plots per year at full implementation, although current workload is approximately 500-1,000 plots per year, across the above-listed land types and states. Data collected will include AIM core and supplemental indicators. Work is often in remote areas and will require preliminary site scouting in collaboration with local field offices. BLM requires field data collected following strict, established field protocols, QA/QC procedures, and data upload according to requirements. The contractor must be willing to work with the local field offices, meet educational requirements, collect data during the appropriate seasonal requirements, and provide all the tools necessary to complete the monitoring task. BLM requires that the outcome of each plot be tracked and submitted to BLM. All field personnel shall attend mandatory AIM methods trainings and must use established, rigorous QA/QC protocols. Data shall be delivered to the local field office at the completion of each data collection period (e.g. hitch). Work in AK often requires helicopter access. BLM is also requesting assistance with training support and monitoring coordination. For some field offices, support may be needed throughout the year to complete pre-season and post-season work including plot reconnaissance, data QA/QC and compilation, and basic reporting functions. This sources sought shall not be considered as a request for proposal or as an obligation on the part of the Government to acquire any products or services. No entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs or charges by the Government will arise as a result of the contractor submission of this sources sought or the Government's use of such information. The Government reserves the right to reject, in whole or in part, any contractor's input resulting from this request. No contract will be awarded as a result of this announcement. Data submitted in response to this request will not be returned. The North American Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 541620-Environmental Consulting Services ($15.0M). INSTRUCTION FOR SOURCES SOUGHT SUBMISSION: After review of this requirement, interested parties may submit a response in an electronic format only via email to jchamberlin@blm.gov no later than 27 March 2018 2:00 pm MT. Electronic files shall be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Respondents shall include the following as part of their submission: a.A synopsis of the company's capabilities to provide aquatic AIM support. Please include previous AIM work b.Indicate company s capability to provide services in all 14 Western States or indicate specific states service will be provided. c.DUNS Number d.Company Name e.Company Address f.Business size, SDVOSB, HUBZone, or Woman owned status, as validated via the System for Award Administration (SAM). All offers must register on the SAM located at http://www.SAM.gov g.Company point of contact, phone and email address. The information submitted should not exceed a total of 6 one-sided 8 x 11 pages, with one inch margins, and font no smaller than 12 point. After review of the responses to this announcement, the Government intends to proceed with the acquisition and a subsequent solicitation shall be published.
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