WHAT IS FOR/MAINE?
Forest Opportunity Roadmap / Maine (FOR/Maine) is a unique cross-sector collaboration between industry, communities, government, education, and non-profits, which have come together to ensure that Maine adapts to market changes quickly and strategically in order to maintain our leading role in the global forest economy.
The coalition was created with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. We are combining collaborative actions, innovation, market and resource management expertise, and reliable data to guide smart investment and market expansion in the forest economy.
FOR/Maine has finished its data-gathering phase and released its goals and strategies in the Forest Opportunity Roadmap, available at www.formaine.org.
Goal 1 Sustain and grow Maine’s existing and emerging forest products economy, reaching $12 Billion in economic impact by 2025.
Goal 2 Manage the wood resource using sustainable and responsible forest management practices.
Goal 3 Prepare workforce for the future of the forest products economy.
Goal 4 Increase prosperity in Maine forest economy communities, especially those in rural Maine, including those affected by mill closures.
Goal 5 Organize the forest products industry with committed public sector partners, including the University of Maine, to implement the vision and goals.
The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit competitive bids to Develop a Small Woodland Owner Outreach and Engagement Strategy under advisement of FOR/Maine’s Small Woodland Owner Committee. The goals of the Small Woodland Owner Committee are to:
1. Increase the percentage of Maine’s woodland owners receiving assistance from professional foresters in order to increase landowner activity or participation in forest management, and
2. Increase timber being produced by these landowners to enhance the productivity of a diverse forest industry.
The committee seeks strategic guidance on concrete action steps which can be piloted by service providers and those engaging with forest landowners, including, but not limited to, foresters, woodland owner associations and recognition programs, and the Maine Forest Service, in 2021 to support achievement of these goals.
Through assessment and discussion of existing efforts, opportunities and challenges, FOR/Maine’s Small Woodland Owner Committee has decided to focus outreach and engagement activities on historically under-served landowners who own their woodland primarily for its beauty, conservation, and recreational value. These owners are categorized as Woodland Retreat Owners by the Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively project. More information on this segment of owners and others can be found here.
Development of a Strategic Investment Attraction Plan for Maine’s Forest Industry (Strategic Investment Attraction RFP 10.10.19)
FOR-Maine Phase II Communications and Public Relations RFP ( https://maineforest.org/for-maine-phase-ii-communications-and-public-relations-rfp/)
CLARIFICATIONS on the REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for FOR/Maine Communications and Public Relations 12.11.2019
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit proposals by 11:59 pm (ET) on December 17, 2019.
CONTACT: Completed proposals are to be submitted to Brianna Bowman, Program Director FOR/Maine at email@example.com.
SUMMARY: FOR/Maine is soliciting competitive bids for Communications and Public Relations services. At the close of the period for questions, FOR/Maine is addressing common requests through a memo to all potential applicants.
The project period runs from January 2020 through March 2022. Communications and Public Relations services will be required at various degrees of intensity throughout the full project period. Development of timelines and sequencing of tasks is left to the consultant’s discretion and will be reviewed and considered by the committee.
The budget of $1,161,635 covers all costs for the full project period. This includes the work of six funded committees. Committees are funded according to their level of priority to the project and the resources necessary to successfully execute their mission. Communications and Public Relations is among the top priorities for this project.
The FOR/Maine Executive Steering Committee, listed publicly at formaine.org, is responsible for overseeing Communications and Public Relations work. A working group composed of Executive Committee members will be responsible for direct oversight of consultant activities. One point person will be assigned from within this working group.
The consultant will be responsible for the primary organization of content and facilitation for focus groups. FOR/Maine staff and committee members will support the consultant by managing venue selection, providing relevant contacts, and providing additional logistical support as needed.
Project budgets should include all end-costs, including outside expenses. Ballpark or recommended ranges are acceptable and final costs are to be reviewed and authorized by FOR/Maine during the project period.
Videos described in the RFPs will be used to tell the story of opportunity in the forest industry to various audiences identified, and the Committee will seek advisement from the consultant on the appropriate length and content for the videos. Video footage used in previous Maine Forest Product Council and Maine Development Foundation projects may be utilized.
The current FOR/Maine website is hosted on WordPress.
The consultant is responsible for communicating a primary message of opportunity in Maine’s forest economy that aligns with FOR/Maine’s Vision and Roadmap, available at formaine.org. This report includes information on plans to focus on development of markets for low-grade forest residuals and by-products while supporting markets for high-value products, but more importantly, advertises sustainability, opportunities for growth, and careers in the forest industry. The committee may request audiences with selected finalists for the Project.