Category Archives: What’s New

We Are Now HELIX Environmental Planning!

HELIXWe’re excited to announce that as of May 1, 2019, we are now HELIX Environmental Planning through an acquisition of Foothill Associates. We will serve as HELIX’s Placer County office, the firm’s sixth office within California, and together we offer expanded services and depth of staff to better serve existing and future clients.


HELIX is a leader in environmental planning and natural resource sustainability. Established in 1991 and with offices in San Diego, Sacramento, Riverside, Orange, and now Placer County, HELIX provides a broad range of environmental consulting and habitat restoration services throughout California and the western United States. HELIX has extensive experience helping public and private clients comply with environmental laws and regulations, manage natural and cultural resources, and design and construct sustainable projects. For more information, visit

Welcome John DeMartino!

Foothill Associates is pleased to welcome John DeMartino as a Senior GIS Specialist. John DeMartino is an experienced GIS professional with an extensive background working with GIS applications for natural resources management, transportation, public works, municipal planning, and engineering projects. He has broad experience managing GIS staff and providing analysis and cartographic products for a wide range of environmental documents. He is knowledgeable in the latest GIS software and technologies including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Collector, Survey123, Trimble TerraSync and Trimble Pathfinder Office GPS software, ERDAS Imagine and ERDAS StereoAnalyst, SketchUp, and several ArcGIS extensions including Data Reviewer, Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst.

Welcome Christine Heckler!

Foothill Associates is pleased to welcome Christine Heckler as an Associate Biologist/Resource Assessment Specialist. Christine is a wildlife biologist with a strong educational background in wildlife biology and management from Humboldt State University. She has extensive knowledge and experience working in Northern California, particularly the Pacific Northwest, Sierra Nevada, and the Central Valley. She has been agency approved as a designated project biologist and has conducted many protocol-level and focused wildlife surveys for various California listed species. In addition to wildlife, Ms. Heckler has worked closely on botanical studies, noxious weed surveys and management plans, wetland delineations, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans. Ms. Heckler has gained extensive experience within environmental consulting, and often works directly with crews and agencies to ensure projects meet compliance standards. She has the appropriate safety and field training to monitor activities on various construction sites, and also to survey alone in remote and harsh environments. Ms. Heckler has had a lifelong passion for wildlife and the outdoors, and enjoys sharing this passion through professional and recreational endeavors.

Welcome Cherry Zamora!

Foothill Associates is pleased to welcome Cherry Zamora as a Senior CEQA/NEPA Specialist. Cherry has 14 years of experience preparing and overseeing environmental compliance documents. Her work has included managing environmental studies for local and Caltrans transportation projects, including roadway widenings, interchange reconfigurations, and bridge improvements. She is also experienced in environmental compliance related to airport facilities and local planning projects.

July is National Park and Recreation Month

Foothill Associates is celebrating National Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), by inviting you to explore “A Lifetime of Discovery” at your local parks and recreation. Playgrounds, rec centers, sports leagues, summer camps are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of parks and rec. But, parks and recreation is so much more than that. During Park and Recreation Month, discover all the ways parks and recreation can improve quality of life, like senior programs; innovative health and wellness opportunities; community celebrations; outdoor education; flood mitigation; maintenance; and more. Throughout the month of July we will highlight through our Facebook page different ways Foothill employees enjoy using parks and recreation,  both locally and beyond; as well as ways our employees contribute to the development of parks and recreation. #DiscoverJuly