4 contractors respond to Tacoma RFP for consulting arborist

Four contractors have responded to a Request For Proposals (RFP) issued by the City of Tacoma seeking arborists to provide consulting services.

RFP documents prepared by City staff show qualified arborists must be able to conduct tree risk assessments, tree appraisals, and provide consulting advice for City projects; have vast experience working in urban areas and for municipalities; be able to work on-call and in concert with City of Tacoma staff and contractors working on behalf of the City as needed; have and maintain a current International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certification, ISA Tree Risk Assessor Course and Exam (TRACE) certification or Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ), and American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) registry is preferred; be experienced in expert testimony and be prepared for potential litigation and/or a public hearing.

The City issued the RFP in October, according to a legal notice published in the Tacoma Daily Index (see “City of Tacoma seeks consulting arborist,” Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 28, 2015).

The budget for the three-year contract is estimated at $75,000. The deadline to respond to the RFP expired on Tues., Nov. 10. A contract is expected to be awarded by the end of this year.

According to information posted on the City’s Web site, the following contractors responded to the RFP: Tree Solutions Inc. (Seattle, Wash.); Community Forestry Consultants Inc. (Spokane, Wash.); Davey Resource Group (Kent, Ohio); and Arborist Consulting Services (Federal Way, Wash.).


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