In December 2015 the City of Healdsburg solicited Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to prepare a comprehensive management plan for Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve. One of the first steps in moving the property from private ownership to a public amenity is completing a management plan for the property. The management plan:
• Evaluates the property from an ecological and recreational perspective
• Identifies areas of focus for restoring and enhancing important natural resources, as well as managing fire risks
• Develops a plan for creating and maintain recreational opportunities
• Guides future work and financial commitments
Nine Firms responded to the mandatory site visit on January 5, 2016, and four firms submitted proposals.
A selection committee comprised of City of Healdsburg staff independently reviewed the qualifications and rated the submittals based on selection criteria including direct experience on similar projects, record of performing municipal work, rates for services, understanding of the project’s scope of work, qualification of proposed staff, and scheduling of project activities. Staff also conducted an interview of all proposers before recommending Prunuske Chatham Inc (PCI) of Sebastopol. City Council awarded the project to PCI in March 2016.
PCI prepared a management plan for the City’s Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve and has prepared or co-authored a number of others for local parks and preserves, including Taylor Mountain, North Slope Sonoma Mountain Open Space Preserve, and restoration and recreation plans in Santa Rosa for Colgan and Paulin creeks.
You can read PCI's proposal here, or by clicking on the image to the right.