RFP: Master Plan for Conservation Area Professional Consultants

Below is a summary of our current request for proposals. Please find the full RFP details here on this PDF.

Interested parties, submit proposal by January 5, 2018. Instructions in PDF link above. A site visit and tour of Wingfield Pines is scheduled for Noon on December 1, 2017. For questions, contact Emilie at 412-741-2750.

Purpose

This requests proposals for professional consulting services to develop a conservation management and stewardship master plan (the Plan) for ALT’s Wingfield Pines Conservation Area in southern Allegheny County.

Goal

Develop a comprehensive, 10-year, master plan that addresses the three primary areas of focus (ecological resources, educational opportunities and recreational attributes)

for long-term land use and stewardship at this popular, multi-use, privately owned conservation area.

The plan will direct Allegheny Land Trust’s future management and stewardship efforts at Wingfield Pines with the goal of continuing the on-going restoration of this property while maximizing and balancing ecological priorities, passive recreational opportunities and environmental educational programming.

Scope of Work and Deliverables

 

  1. Expert Focus Groups:  Engage stakeholders in the Wingfield Pines property to take part in the development of the Plan.  Host two stakeholder meetings to solicit input and to develop a richer understanding of the current functions, uses, activities, assets and users of Wingfield Pines.  This includes but is not limited to ALT Staff, local police, environmental partners, local government officials, existing community groups, and ALT invested volunteers.  ALT will work with the contractor to identify these participants. These sessions are not to identify “what Wingfield Pines should be,” but instead create a common platform from which to understand its history, educate all parties on its conservation mission, address the challenges to fulfilling that mission, and to arrive at the best way to maximize its potential for all users without compromising that mission.
  1. Species Inventory and Action Plan: Utilize and supplement the extensive inventory of data available on iNaturalists from recent ALT “Bioblitz” events and other partner programs to identify and catalog high-quality native species that are thriving and those that are under stress or at risk, and identify and catalog unwanted exotic invaders. Recommend a long-term flora management strategy to facilitate the success of the natives and the eradication of the invaders.
  1. Habitat Management: Evaluate and provide management recommendations for three known distinct habitats: open meadows, early successional forested floodplain and wetlands. The consultant will examine the current informal boundaries and condition of the habitats, recommend changes and improvements and suggest best management practices to maintain ideal conditions for a community of native plants and animal species to thrive.
  1. Education Infrastructure: Suggest two to three conceptual building designs and locations for a structure and supporting facilities to equip Wingfield Pines to become hub for ALT’s environmental educational programming. One facility should potentially contain running water and accessible bathrooms.  All designs should address safety and special needs of all students.  Evaluate potential options for basic learning space and shelter, limited storage space, discreet natural play features and other basic facilities to provide successful environmental educational experiences for students ranging from pre-K to adult.
  1. Trail System Analysis and Recommendation: Assess current trail system and recommend possible routing changes to minimize potential conflict between different user types while maximizing public use without detrimentally impacting the area’s overall conservation mission.  Include a review of current dog and other use policies.  Include trail specification guidelines including trail width, mowing patterns, other maintenance needs.
  1. Ingress, Egress and Parking Recommendations: Assessment of traffic and usage patterns to identify number parking spaces needed and best placement of parking lots, signage, driveways, trails and other gateway features.  Include detailed construction plans for an ADA accessible parking area and trail connections to parking area, including cross sections.  Surface should be permeable and as “non parking lot” as possible.
  1. Interpretive Signage Plan: Recommend sign purposes, types, and locations to communicate Wingfield Pines history, biological areas, environmental and habitat education, and user rules and etiquette.
  1. Specific Task Lists and Plans:  Create comprehensive checklist of all tasks associated with each major plan recommendation that can be followed over time to progressively implement the Plan by ALT staff, interns, and volunteers and used to guide corporate work functions, civic volunteer days, efforts of individual land stewards, and contracted activities.
  1. Executive Presentation:  A presentation of the plan findings and recommendations and will be made by consultant to ALT leadership.  Consultant should be expected to lead Q&A and group discussion as part of the session.
  1. Physical Deliverables:  Two printed, bound hard copies of the complete Plan (working in-office copy and display copy), and an electronic file containing the report in a PDF format and including all associated photography, charts, graphs, maps, etc.  Both hard and electronic copies should include executive summary.