Procurement contracting and forest communities: Factors affecting local business utilization in the inland Northwest

Chelsea P. McIver, Alexander L. Metcalf, Erik C. Berg

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    Abstract

    Economic conditions in rural communities adjacent to large tracts of public land are disproportionately affected by federal land-use decisions. Policy interventions such as the Northwest Forest Plan have served as natural experiments for testing how management decisions impact communities in the Pacific Northwest. Less is known about how these decisions affect communities in other parts of the West. Using the lens of job opportunities, we analyzed national forest procurement contracts in Montana to identify characteristics associated with the utilization of local versus distant contractors. Results demonstrated that some federal small business assistance programs and work types substantially diminished local business utilization, while others served to keep dollars more local, albeit to a lesser degree. To enhance local business utilization, policy makers may consider strengthening local preference authorities, increasing accessibility by bolstering agency contract management capacity, or adjusting small business assistance programs to work in concert with local benefit goals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)412-419
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Forestry
    Volume116
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 20 2018

    Keywords

    • Forest communities
    • Montana
    • Procurement contracting
    • USDA Forest Service

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