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Forest Service needs aircraft for aerial patrols in Colorado

Example of light fixed wing aircraft.
Example of light fixed wing aircraft.U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is looking for a light fixed wing aircraft fully operated by qualified personnel and equipped to meet Forest Health Aerial Detection Survey services for use in the administration of public lands. The Forest Service made the request in contract documents released Friday.

“The services will be primarily for use in the management of national forests in Region 2 on an exclusive use basis,” the agency said in contract documents. “The designated base is the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Broomfield, Colo.” The aircraft may be dispatched to other areas throughout the United States. The government shall retain operational control of the aircraft while performing under this contract. The aircraft furnished will be used for forest health surveys, detection/patrol surveys.

The contract period of performance will be for one base year with four renewable option periods. The contract solicitation will be issued on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the USFS and Colorado State Forest Service released the results of the annual aerial forest health survey in Colorado, which indicate that the spread of the mountain pine beetle epidemic has slowed dramatically, while the spruce beetle outbreak continues to expand. Each summer the agencies work together to aerially monitor insect and disease-caused tree mortality or damage across Colorado forestland.

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