Hoodoo to Add to Forest Service Contracts
The Deschutes National Forest in Oregon announced Wednesday (July 23) it has selected Hoodoo Recreation Services as the permittee to operate and maintain 82 campgrounds across all three ranger districts beginning in January.
Hoodoo represents the Forest Service in the management of over 100 campgrounds and 2,000 campsites in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in northern Washington and the Willamette and Deschutes national forests in the mid Cascades of Oregon.
A prospectus (solicitation for offers) for proposals to provide visitor services at various recreation sites within the Deschutes National Forest was issued in April of this year, according to KTVZ-TV, Bend, Ore.
It is forest service policy that Campground Concession Special Use Permits to operate government-owned campgrounds be awarded on a competitive basis through a prospectus and invitation to bid process. The solicitation for proposals generated five proposals from businesses across the western United States.
Hoodoo Recreation Services demonstrated that it offers the best value to the government and the public they will serve, the announcement said.
The Deschutes National Forest currently has three campground concession permits to cover multiple campgrounds on each of the three ranger districts – Bend Fort Rock, Crescent and Sisters.
The decision was made to consolidate the three existing permits into one permit.
The three current permits will expire on Dec. 31, 2008. The new permit is scheduled to become effective Jan. 1, 2009.
However, the selection decision is subject to administrative appeal. The final decision will not be implemented until the minimum appeal period of 45 days has expired, or pending resolution of any appeals submitted during the appeal period.
Hoodoo Recreation Services currently operates the campgrounds for the Sisters Ranger District and will add operation services for the campgrounds on the Bend Fort Rock and Crescent Ranger Districts if the new permit is implemented.
“Hoodoo Recreation Services has pulled together an excellent proposal to operate the campgrounds on the Deschutes National Forest, and we look forward to working with them to provide consistent and high quality services to the public,” said Forest Supervisor John Allen.