Project would plant 65K trees near Tacoma Power Cowlitz River site

The City of Tacoma announced Wednesday it is seeking bids for a project to plant more than 65,000 trees on approximately 150 acres of land in Lewis County. The property, located approximately five miles west of Morton and known as “Peterman Hill,” is part of Tacoma Power’s Cowlitz Hydroelectric Project. It is also managed as wildlife habitat by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

According to bid documents, the project calls for a contractor to pick up 65,400 tree seedlings provided by the City of Tacoma from the Weyerhaeuser Mima Nursery near Olympia and transport them approximately 60 miles to two tree planting sites  — one encompassing 24 acres; another encompassing 126 acres — that were clearcut last year.

Bids will be accepted until 11 a.m. on Weds., March 12. Once the contract is awarded, tree planting activities are expected to begin no later than Sat., April 19.

More information is available online here.