DEP timber-harvest contract took odd twists before it fell apart

DEP timber-harvest contract took odd twists before it fell apart

Don Curtis said he knew something was wrong when he saw the contract announcement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This spring DEP planned to hire a company called Forestech to survey the amount of timber to be harvested from state parks. The company claimed only it had the technology to do the job right.

Yet Curtis, a competing contractor, said the Forestech software is off-the-shelf.

“Anybody can buy it,” Curtis said. […]