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Under Contract
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• The U.S. Forest Service has purchased four large yurts for a ranger district in the Flathead National Forest in Montana. It contracted with Freedom Yurt Structures for $78,705 to provide one structure measuring between 16 and 17 feet tall and three measuring 21 feet to 23 feet. “The Spotted Bear Ranger District suffered a housing loss due to heavy snow loads during the 2018 winter,” contract documents say. 

• Deloitte Consulting won a $23.1 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development to help develop and improve Ukraine’s health-care sector. “The purpose of this activity is to support a transparent, accountable, and effective health care system. … Advancing health sector reforms, tackling corruption, and enhancing transparency will improve access to and availability of high quality health care services for Ukrainians, while boosting the health system as a significant sector of Ukraine’s economy,” the contract says.

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• Choice Services, Inc. is contracting with the Bureau of Reclamation for $144,000 to provide tour guides for the Flaming Gorge Dam and power plant in Utah. The dam is open for free tours from April to October, after which the structure is closed for the winter. Guides must offer a minimum of seven to 20 tours per day, depending on the time of year. 

• The National Park Service is contracting with Crazy Mountain Fabrication to rebuild a “quarantine fence” meant to hold bison prior to removal in Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Mont. The contract includes removing the old fence. In January, bison quarantine fences were cut with bolt cutters and dozens of bison escaped. The animals are isolated to quarantine for brucellosis, a common disease that impacts bison in Yellowstone, to ensure it does not get passed to cattle. Every year, as part of the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP), bison migrating out of the park are able to be shot by hunters or are captured to be shipped for slaughter. The IBMP, which aims to reduce brucellosis in cattle and keep the bison population in check, has come under scrutiny from conservation groups who doubt its efficacy and see it as more detrimental than necessary. The contract is worth $123,772.