The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and Berkshire Natural Resources Council are seeking Proposals to document the presence and extent of Large-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago macrophylla), a plant species listed as Special Concern in Massachusetts, in three areas in northwestern Massachusetts. This Request for Proposals is intended to improve Natural Heritage’s understanding of the species.
Solidago macrophylla is an iconic rare plant species of the higher elevations in the Northeast. In Massachusetts, this species is known only from northeastern Berkshire County and northwestern Franklin County at high elevations (above 2000 ft.) It is typically observed in cool, moist conditions, though it tolerates both full sun and full shade. In an effort to protect the biodiversity of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) is seeking proposals to survey populations of S. macrophylla in three locations:
- Spruce Mountain in Monroe State Forest (larger red polygon);
- The western portion of the recent addition to the BNRC Hoosac Range Reserve (smaller red polygon);
- Update known occurrences of macrophylla in the remainder of the BNRC Hoosac Range Reserve ridgeline from Route 2 south to Savoy Mountain State Forest (yellow polygons);
- Submit a summary report of the work to NHESP including rare species observations in VPRS for all rare species observed.
NHESP, through a partnership with BNRC, has allocated up to $5,000 for completing these surveys.
- Update the information on the locations of population of Solidago macrophylla in Massachusetts. The populations in these locations were last observed in 2011, or, if more recently observed, a thorough survey of the population was not conducted. The two areas marked in red on Figure 1 are of particular interest to NHESP, as surveys in those areas have been minimal.
- Complete surveys in 2019.
- Description of the communities which currently support Solidago macrophylla.
- Documentation of and reports of all MESA-listed and SWAP-listed species encountered during this study.
Figure 1. Areas of Interest for Solidago macrophylla Surveys in Monroe, Florida and North Adams
Red striped areas indicated highest priority; Yellow striped area is second priority
The awarded researcher will develop a survey protocol to document the population of Solidago macrophylla in locations marked in red (primary) and yellow (secondary) on Figure 1. The project shall be completed during the summer of 2019 and conclude, as indicated by the submission of the Final Report, by December 16, 2019. Specifically:
- Shapefiles will be provided to the successful applicant to define survey areas. Surveys should be completed when the species is most visible, when it is blooming. However, the surveyor should be familiar with the species in vegetative form as not all individuals or populations may bloom.
- Permission from Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to conduct research in Monroe State Forest will be needed prior to the start of botanical survey in that location. (NHESP staff will assist with this step once the monitoring protocol is sufficiently designed to be submitted to DCR; https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-research-permit).
- Map the full extents of the populations and determine approximate population size for any macrophylla found within the two red polygons. Although there is a large potential area for the species at Monroe State Forest, it is unlikely that it grows throughout the entire area.
- Map and describe macrophylla at different elevations and aspect within the yellow area; NHESP does not expect all plants/populations within this area to be mapped, but would like additional information on the extents of the population within this area.
- Results of all surveys, detailing sites visited, survey effort, extent and location of species observations shall be reported to NHESP using the Vernal Pool and Rare Species Reporting System (VPRS – https://www.mass.gov/service-details/vernal-pool-rare-species-vprs-information-system), and in a summary report by December 31, 2019
- Observations, or “not-observed” reports, of macrophylla populations in the three areas will be submitted via the VPRS reporting system. Information on number of plants observed (estimates are fine for large populations, then please also include areal cover estimates), supporting plant communities, and threats to the observed populations.
- All MESA-listed and SWAP-listed species encountered during these studies, in addition to populations of macrophylla, need to be documented and reported to the Natural Heritage VPRS reporting system.
Instructions for Submission of Responses:
Please provide the following information in your proposal:
- Applicant’s name, address, phone, and e-mail address
- Project summary: 2 to 3 sentences
- Qualifications of personnel, including any familiarity with the target species.
- Project scope and methods
- Itemized project budget.
Bid Due Date: Bids must be received by MassWildlife by 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Instruction for Submission of Responses:
Submit proposals via the Commonwealth’s Online Procurement System – CommBuys at https://www.commbuys.com/bso/. For application questions, please contact Karen M. Dolan, Finance & Projects Administrator, NHESP at 508-389-6349 or at email@example.com .
For more specific project information contact Karro Frost, Conservation Planning Botanist, NHESP, at
508-389-6390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANDATORY BID SHEET
RFR# DFW-2019-048: Large-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago macrophylla) Surveys
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