Lane County Seeks Letters of Interest for Forest Work Camp Property 

Contact: Lane County Capital Projects Manager Brian Craner, 541-682-3699



Lane County Seeks Letters of Interest for Forest Work Camp Property


Lane County is seeking Letters of Interest from those qualified to operate the former Lane County Forest Work Camp property as a rehabilitation, forest management, or similar facility.


The County's Forest Work Camp was constructed as a residential complex located in a rural setting to provide alternative incarceration for low-risk offenders. It is no longer used for these purposes, and the facilities and zoning allow for a variety of uses related to rehabilitation and forest management programs – providing Lane County with the opportunity to seek out an interested contractor to use the site.


“This process is intended to help the County identify an individual or entity that can operate and maintain this unique County asset within the limitations of its land use approval,” said Brian Craner Lane County Capital Projects manager. “Our objectives are to address the ongoing costs associated with preserving the facility and to establish a use that provides a benefit to the community.”


To that end, the County is seeking Letters of Interest from qualified parties to assist the County in identifying the best opportunity to fund and optimize the operation of the site for the foreseeable future.  


Letters of Interest must provide the following information:     

  • A letter clearly indicating interest in operating the property  
  • A brief description of one or more proposed uses for the facility that reasonably may be expected to be accommodated at the site, given the property's existing location, improvements, and zoning.  
  • A brief summary of the respondent's experience, background, or qualifications for operating such a facility.

Letters of Interest are due no later than 12 noon, local time, on Monday, June 17, 2013. To be considered, submissions must be received by Lane County at or before the exact time and date stated.

Proposals may be submitted either in paper copy as a sealed response, or electronically by email:

  • Responses submitted in paper copy must be enclosed in a sealed envelope bearing the respondent's name and address, clearly marked "Forest Work Camp – Letter of Interest Enclosed," and addressed to: James Chaney, Contracts Review Officer, Office of County Counsel, Lane County Public Service Building 
125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401

  • Proposals may be submitted electronically in PDF format only to:

The successful contractor will be required to provide proof of general liability, professional liability, and workers compensation insurance coverage meeting the County's requirements. The successful contractor must also comply with all applicable State and Federal laws, and be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Forest Work Camp Property

The Lane County Forest Work Camp is nearly 106 acres and is located at 21600 Siuslaw River Road in Veneta, about 1.3 miles west of the intersection of Wolf Creek Road and Siuslaw River Road. The property is approximately one hour from downtown Eugene.


The property is developed with a number of structures and utilities, including: the administration building with a reception counter, offices, a dining hall, and a commercial 
kitchen; dormitory buildings; laundry building with commercial scale laundry equipment; classroom building; and several maintenance shop buildings.



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