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GLIN==> Great Lakes Fishery Trust Bidder Pre-qualification

Posted on behalf of Kelly Stewart <KSTEWART@staff.pscinc.com>

January 7, 2000

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust, a nonprofit grant-making organization, is
considering the Muskegon River watershed for an extensive river initiative.
If selected, the trust intends to focus grant funding on this watershed for
a variety of fishery enhancement activities over the next several years.
Therefore, the trust is seeking qualified contractors to perform an
independent assessment of current information and local stakeholder
capabilities with respect to the Muskegon River watershed.

Please review the following Bidder Pre-Qualification Announcement for
further information on the proposed contract and selection process. If you
are interested in providing the described contract services, we urge you to
submit the requested pre-qualification materials. If you are not interested
in participating but know of others who may be, we encourage you to provide
them with a copy of this invitation to become a pre-qualified bidder. You
may obtain further information on the Great Lakes Fishery Trust by accessing
our Web site at http://www.glft.org.

If you have further questions, please contact Kelly Stewart, assistant trust
manager, or me.


Jack D. Bails
Trust Manager



A solicitation intended for nonprofit and for-profit firms, organizations,
or individuals interested in providing contract services for the Great Lakes
Fishery Trust.

Background/Problem Statement
The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is a unique funding source created in
1996 as a result of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant Settlement Agreement
with Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison for fish losses caused by the
plant. The utilities provide annual compensation to the GLFT for these fish
losses. In turn, the GLFT provides funding to nonprofit organizations and
government entities for projects related to the Great Lake fisheries to
provide mitigation for the losses. GLFT grant funds are used for projects in
five categories:

ˇ Rehabilitation of Great Lakes fish species
ˇ Education relating to the Great Lakes fishery
ˇ Improvement of Great Lakes fishery habitat
ˇ Research on the Great Lakes fishery
ˇ Property acquisition for fishing access or any of the above purposes

The GLFT has decided to select one major river system that is tributary to
Lake Michigan to serve as a model for a holistic, watershed approach for
enhancement of the Great Lakes fisheries. The goal of the GLFT's River
Initiative is to concentrate funding for habitat rehabilitation, fisheries
research/species rehabilitation, and fisheries education in one Lake
Michigan tributary watershed for the next three to five years. This focused
effort is intended to maximize the opportunity to provide measurable
improvements in the Lake Michigan fishery so that the initiative can be used
as a model for similar fishery enhancement efforts in other Great Lakes
tributary river systems.

Purpose of Contract
The purpose of this contract is to perform an independent assessment of the
Muskegon River watershed to determine if current knowledge and information
about the river system, local organizational structures, and cooperation
among stakeholders is adequate for this initiative to be successful. In
particular, it is important for the trust to ensure that proper mechanisms
and local interest groups are in place to apply for and manage the grants
from the trust that will fund watershed improvement projects. Thus this
feasibility assessment will include an evaluation of the local capacity
(governmental and private interests) to lead the model fishery enhancement
project, the River Initiative, in the Muskegon River watershed.

This assessment is intended to be an unbiased evaluation, so firms or
organizations with a direct interest or involvement in watershed initiatives
on the Muskegon River will not be considered as a prime contractor. Because
organizations involved in current watershed activities on the Muskegon River
may be the best source of information, subcontracting with organizations or
individuals that are directly involved is allowed, if the role of the
individual/organization is clearly defined as an information resource. If
entities with direct involvement on the Muskegon River watershed are
incorporated as subcontractors within a proposal, it should be clearly
stated that they will have no direct involvement in the actual assessment of
local capacity or quality of information available about the watershed and
its resources.

Contract Award Process and Conditions
The contract will be awarded based upon responses to an RFP that will be
developed in an open process with the firms, individuals, or organizations
that have been pre-qualified. The Great Lakes Fishery Trust envisions that
not more than four entities will be pre-qualified to bid on the RFP. The
total project costs, including salaries, travel, and other direct expenses
is expected to be approximately $60,000. While price will be a consideration
in the final selection process, the primary selection criteria for the
contract will be the experience of the bidder, the number of hours committed
by identified staff, and the quality of methods and approaches proposed. It
is expected that the project-including a final written report of detailed
findings-will be completed within three months of the contract award. The
Great Lakes Fishery Trust envisions awarding a contract no later than March
15, 2000.

Pre-Qualification Requirements
Bidders interested in this project must be pre-qualified. In order to be
pre-qualified, bidders must submit the required information (listed below)
by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 24, 2000. Pre-qualifications must be
submitted to

Jack D. Bails, Trust Manager
Great Lakes Fishery Trust
600 West St. Joseph, Suite 10
Lansing, MI  48933-2265

Submittals for pre-qualification must include the following:

A. Description of Organization
Describe the organization submitting the proposal (date established, size,
location, etc.) Indicate whether the organization is a business (individual,
partnership, or corporation), a governmental entity, or a nonprofit
organization. If more than one organization is involved, indicate which
organization will take primary responsibility.

B. Management Summary
Prior Experience. Indicate prior experience that you consider relevant to
the successful accomplishment of the project. In particular, focus on your
organization's (1) familiarity with developing and implementing watershed
management plans involving governmental and non-governmental stakeholders,
(2) knowledge of factors influencing water quality, fisheries habitat, and
related land-use practices, and (3) experience in assessing the ability and
willingness of diverse stakeholders to undertake responsibility for guiding
major natural resource projects.

References. Provide a list of references that can provide information on
your organization's ability to meet the tasks outlined in this RFP. (Please
supply names, addresses, and phone numbers.)

C. Experience and Education of Primary Staff Involved
Indicate the key persons who would be involved in the proposal. For each
person, indicate relevant education and experience in a brief résumé
attached to the proposal. The GLFT would prefer the commitment of a limited
number of people with appropriate education and experience.

D. Conflict of Interest Statement
The GLFT is interested in obtaining an independent assessment of the
feasibility of the Muskegon River watershed for the GLFT River Initiative.
If your organization or firm is currently involved in any activities in the
Muskegon River watershed, please disclose them and address why involvement
in these activities would not interfere with an independent assessment. If a
subcontractor with direct involvement with current or recent Muskegon River
watershed projects is to be part of your team, explain how his/her role will
be limited to assure that there will be an impartial assessment of local
capability and evaluation of the quality of existing information.

E. Statement of Availability
Provide a brief statement of assurance that the staff (and other resources)
will be available and committed to meet the relatively short three-month
period envisioned for completion of the contract work.

F. Form of Submittal
All pre-qualification materials must be submitted on paper in a form that is
suitable for reproduction in black and white. An electronic version (Word or
WordPerfect) of the pre-qualification materials must either accompany the
paper version in the form of an IBM formatted disk or be e-mailed to the
GLFT at glft@pscinc.com. E-mailed electronic versions are subject to the
same deadline as the paper version and will be acknowledged by the GLFT upon
receipt. It is the responsibility of the bidders to make sure that they
receive this acknowledgement to assure that the electronic version has been
received by the deadline. Concise yet thorough responses to this request
will be appreciated.

Great Lakes Fishery Trust
600 West St. Joseph, Suite 10
Lansing, MI  48933-2265
517/371-7468 Voice
517/484-6549 Facsimile

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