Get the Facts | Local contractors


MYTH

The Debris Management Task Force (DMTF) is not hiring local contractors.


FACT

We’re committed to local businesses playing a major role in Oregon’s recovery. The overwhelming majority of the cleanup work is being done by partners from within our state.

While prime contractors are headquartered throughout the country, we hold the prime contractors accountable to DMTF project values and objectives. This means that we expect every contractor involved in wildfire recovery activities to promote entrepreneurship and small business growth. This includes working closely with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Emerging Small Business (ESB) and Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV) firms. 

As part of the contracting process for this work, prime contractors hire and employ subcontractors and have submitted plans with the expectation that they will hire and contract with a range of small business firms. In fact, out of the 145 contractors working on hazard tree and debris removal, 133 are Oregon-based firms. This means that nine in 10 of all contractors working with us are local Oregon businesses. Nearly 70 percent of the total DMTF workforce crew are Oregon residents, and nearly half are either Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) or certified small businesses, meaning everyone is getting an opportunity to participate.

For questions about contracting opportunities, contact Feather Sams-Huesties at feather.sams-huesties@odot.state.or.us. 





Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.