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If you're attending the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Arizona's Roads & Streets conference in Tucson this week, be sure to visit Tierra at Booth #13! Held from April 12 to 14 at the Westin La Paloma Resort, Roads & Streets is one of our favorite annual conferences. At this year's conference, our Southern Arizona Right of Way Operations Manager, Myrlene Francis, SR/WA, will be co-hosting a presentation entitled Understanding Transportation Design Impacts on Real Property Acquisitions along with Beth Abramovitz, P.E., and Paul Bennett, P.E., of Pima County. The session will discuss the importance of including an Agency’s real property team in the development of the technical design from a project's outset, as well as how to significantly reduce acquisition costs through collaborative effort. Don’t miss it, Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m.!

Learn more at the conference website: http://www.acecaz.org/roads.php. See you there!

 

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Tierra Senior Biologist and Permits Coordinator Tim Jordan put together an in-depth background on compliance with the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit Program for the latest issue of the Tierra newsletter. Renewed on a five-year schedule, the last batch of 2012 Nationwide Permits expired in March of 2017. Tim covers a lot of useful ground, breaking down terms and definitions, explaining the development and function of the Nationwide Permit program, and discussing the specifics of the upcoming permit renewal.!

Proponents of construction, utility, or development projects that include disturbance within streams, including the typical ephemeral variety found throughout the American Southwest, are required to conduct the stream disturbance in compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972. But what exactly constitutes “stream disturbance,” what exactly is a “stream,” and what specific type of permit is necessary?

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We profiled Tucson-based Cultural Resources Field Director Jeff Jones and his love of vintage vehicles and historic hot rods for the latest issue of Tierra's quarterly newsletter. Sign up for Tierra's newsletter to have it delivered directly to your inbox!

When vintage cars are found during archaeological surveys, Tierra's Jeff Jones is the guy to call. Jones has been working in archaeology for nearly three decades, but for more than five, he's been restoring vintage cars and modernizing them into speed demons with kick. He knows everything you ever wanted to know about cars and can build one from the chassis up. The older, the better-he sees right past the rust-and he's bought, rebuilt, and sold dozens of near-goners to prove it.

Jeff's uncle was a hot-rodder and machinist who built racecar suspensions for a living in Modesto, California. That's hundreds of miles from Buckeye, Arizona, the small town where Jeff was born and raised, but Jeff was around him enough to acquire solid skills working on cars, both by watching and by doing.

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Tierra was recently awarded a five-year extension of its General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Professional Services Schedule Contract (Contract No. GS-10F-0038T). Originally awarded to Tierra in 2006, and now extended to 2021, the GSA Federal Supply Schedule Program is designed to provide a range of professional services at discounted and competitive rates to GSA Federal agencies, as well as State and local governments, and to allow these agencies to purchase services directly from pre-qualified firms.

"Today, agencies are faced with having a lot less money to spend and more projects to spend it on," said Tierra's President and Owner Randye Ferrick. "We are excited that through this important contract extension, we can continue to provide comprehensive and cost-effective environmental, cultural resources, and right of way solutions to meet agency requirements."

Through our GSA contract, Tierra has completed multi-disciplined projects for the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

To learn more about Tierra's government solutions, please visit our website's Federal Contracting page or call us at (800) 887-0847.

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Jennifer Hushour, Tierra's Senior Project Manager for cultural resource work in our Shoreline, Washington, branch, has been named a District 5 Commissioner for the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission! 

The members of the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission are all local County residents representing a particular discipline related to historic preservation. Commissioners are chosen as representatives based on their ability to represent their particular expertise, whether it’s architecture, local history, law, real estate, or archaeology. The goal of the commission, as outlined in its Mission Statement, is to “identify, preserve, and protect significant historic and archaeological properties that celebrate the rich history of Snohomish County.” They accomplish this through a number of initiatives, including developing educational programs and tools, maintaining a local register of historic places, and providing special tax incentives for citizens who rehabilitate historic buildings or properties. 

As a Commissioner, Jennifer will have a number of duties over the next three years. Chief among these are nominating local properties for the Snohomish County Register of Historic Places and developing programs to promote public involvement in preservation efforts. Commissioners also provide design review services for local projects that may impact historic properties or the historic landscape of Snohomish County, as well as reviewing applications for historic preservation tax benefits related to private projects. 

For interested citizens, the Commission meets on the third Tuesday of every month, and the public is welcome to attend. Tierra is very proud of Jennifer and her contribution to the Snohomish County community, and we’re confident her expertise will be a great help to the Commission! 

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Tierra is pleased to announce the hire of Leslie Beaird, SR/WA, R/W-RAC, as Manager of Right of Way Operations in our Pacific Northwest branch.  

Ms. Beaird has 19 years of experience in the right of way industry, specializing in oversight, certification, and the implementation of acquisition and relocation projects according to the provisions of the Uniform Act.  She has significant experience in team leadership, coaching and mentoring employees, and educating public agencies, their staff, and consultants.  

Ms. Beaird holds the Senior Right of Way Professional (SR/WA) and Relocation Assistance Certification (R/W-RAC) designations from the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) and is a certified instructor for IRWA Relocation courses. She currently serves as President of the IRWA’s Puget Sound Chapter and is a long-time member of the IRWA’s Relocation Assistance Community of Practice. Ms. Beaird was named Chapter Professional of the Year in 2014.

"Leslie is an exceptional leader and we're proud to have her at the helm of Tierra's Right of Way Division in the Pacific Northwest," said Mack Dickerson, Tierra's Vice President of Right of Way Operations. "Her experience as a relocation specialist, as well as her track record grooming and training other Agents, will be very valuable to our staff and clients.

To learn more, or to contact Ms. Beaird directly, call Tierra at (800) 887-0847 or reach her by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..