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City of Palo Alto, CA
City of Scottsdale, AZ
Gallatin National Forest, MT
A. Roger Pease, Private Landowner, OR

City of Palo Alto, California

City of Palo Alto, California
Department of Community Services

Northwest Woodland Services, Inc.
Dennis R Smith (President)

I was just out hiking through the Arastradero Preserve on a survey of trail conditions, and I wanted to write to tell you what a fantastic job you have done in improving the trail tread throughout the Preserve.

When you started working on drainage and tread repairs two years ago, there were many trails that were so badly rutted and uneven that I was sure that someone was going to break an ankle from the dangerous surface. Before you started, some seasonal trails were closed for three or four months a year while the soft soil dried out. Now, thanks to your good analysis of the soil conditions and building solutions to fit with the unique conditions of each trail segment, the trails were only closed for three weeks this past winter. And not only that, but the trails drain just the way you had designed them to drain, and the tread has remained even and smooth.

It is truly amazing what you accomplished in the first phase of work to implement the trail master plan for Arastradero Preserve. Thanks to your efficacy use of specialized trail equipment and your thoughtful planning, we are already two years ahead of schedule in accomplishments. I credit your ability to prioritize projects, your talent in assessing soil conditions to be able to work when the soil is pliant, and skills in designing appropriate drainage solutions for the success we have enjoyed in implementing important improvements.

I am also grateful that you have worked with us so carefully to stay within the project budget of $131,000. Again, I credit your ability to creatively solve problems in the field and to provide alternative approaches in keeping the job on time and under budget.

Please know how truly grateful we are for your hard work, skill and dedication to providing superior trail access to our visitors. It is such a pleasure to hear from park users—equestrians, bikers, and hikers—how pleased they are with the remarkable improvements that have been made to the trails in the past two years.


Greg Betts
Superintendent, Open Space & Science
(650) 722-3112

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City of Scottsdale, Arizona

City of Scottsdale, Arizona
Community Services Department

Mr. Dennis Smith
Northwest Woodland Services, Inc.

To Whom It May Concern:

In the spring of 2004, Dennis Smith of Northwest Woodland Services, Inc. completed the construction of the 4-mile Sunrise Trail in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Sunrise Trail winds its way through the mountainous southwest region of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The contract amount was $140,500 and entailed the construction of a 4' wide natural surface trail on rocky hill slopes ranging from zero to seventy percent. Drain dips, rock walls switchbacks, climbing turns, fortified wash crossings, and passing areas were all included in the contract.

Dennis Smith did an extraordinary job designing and constructing the Sunrise Trail. His skill at operating low-impact mechanized equipment resulted in a first-rate trail and minimal impact on the fragile desert environment, which is of paramount importance in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Dennis exhibited a great talent for positioning the trail on the terrain in a way that reduced disturbance to natural features and provided a safe and enjoyable experience for all trail users. He often spoke to me about the importance of the recreational experience in the layout and construction of trails.

Dennis is also a devoted advocate for public trails, and he served the City of Scottsdale well in his positive interactions with our public officials, and with the news media covering the construction of the new trail. Dennis also helped facilitate a very difficult meeting with adjacent neighbors who were concerned about public trail access in their neighborhood. Dennis also had a great deal of positive interaction with volunteers from the non-profit McDowell Sonoran Land Trust, which helped strengthen the City's relationship with the group.

I would undoubtedly hire Dennis Smith and Northwest Woodland Services, Inc. again for the design, layout, and construction of trails. His creativity and professionalism puts him at the top of the specialized field of trail construction.

Please contact me at (480) 312-7722 or if you have any questions or if I can provide additional information.


Scott Hamilton
Trails Planner

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Gallatin National Forest, Montana

Gallatin National Forest

Northwest Woodland Services, Inc. has had two substantial trail contracts on the Gallatin National Forest in the past 3 years. The first one involved 4.3 miles of trail restoration/relocation. The Wapiti Project was initiated to reroute 2 miles of new trail away from private land in the Taylor Fork drainage, south of Big Sky, Montana. The work included construction of grade dips, new tread, ditches, rubble rock sections, stream crossings, installation of corrugated polypipe and route marker posts and extreme clearing. This contract began in August of 1999 and was completed in late September, 1999. The contractor, Dennis Smith moved onto the site with his three person crew, worked efficiently and completed the estimated 120 day project in 48 days. We, (Forest Service) made a few changes that Dennis was very agreeable to. He was personable, professional, kept a clean camp, and respected the aesthetics of the land.

The second project that Northwest Woodland Services, Inc. completed on the Gallatin National Forest was the Red Cub Trail 17 miles north, northwest of West Yellowstone, Montana. This sensitive area had burned over in a forest fire the previous summer and the intent of the contract was to reduce some serious steep per cent grades, relocate the trail away from meadows and install drainage structures. Dennis and his three person crew began this 120 day job in June of 2001 and completed it in 37 days, on August 1, 2001. Again , the work was of utmost quality. Specified work included construction of several sections of turnpike, culvert installation, ditching, new trail construction with moderate clearing through fire-blackened timber and 8' radius switchback construction. The working conditions were dirty; hazardous (snags/leaners) everywhere; Grizzly Bears and Wolves looking for an easy meal. Dennis and crew survived. The completed trail Restoration of 5.5 miles was one of the better construction contracts we have had on the Gallatin. The contractor's clearing and drainage structures were especially superior to others in previous contracts. Again, Dennis was very co-operative with change orders, and reasonable with renegotiated unit costs. He took pride in his work and he was always on the job working himself. He saw to it that his campsite was clean with food properly stored at all times.

In summary, NWWS (Dennis Smith) has proven to be a conscientious, competent trail contractor on the Gallatin National Forest.


Rick Ellison
(406) 587-6741

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A. Roger Pease, Private Landowner, West Linn, Oregon

A. Roger Pease


To Whom It May Concern:

Dennis Smith and his team from N.W. Woodland Services, Inc. have just completed the first phase of a trail system at our residence in West Linn, Oregon. The Property is a 17-acre wildlife habitat and the new trail system which Dennis constructed and helped to design is just terrific.

Dennis is a pleasure to work with. We have felt during the project that Dennis has been our partner in assuring that the project is conceived and executed properly and to the highest quality possible within our budget. His choice of equipment for the work seems to have been right on the button, and he and his team have taken special care to keep the site clean and leave it better and cleaner than how they found it.

Dennis took care to communicate with us at important points during the project and made sure that the work was completed on time. In addition, he has been helpful in identifying other opportunities to improve our site.

I would recommend Dennis to others and look forward to working with him on additional projects on our site. Please feel free to call me or my wife Valerie if you have any questions.


A. Roger Pease
(503) 638-4297

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