Category Archives: What’s New

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

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Congratulations to Meredith Branstad on successfully completing the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification course and exam. With this training she is qualified to perform level 2 tree risk assessments. This assessment integrates an evaluation of potential targets, likelihood of tree failure, and consequences of a failure to determine the overall risk tree rating and provide mitigation recommendations to reduce the risk.

Meredith Branstad is Lecturer at UC Davis

Meredith Branstad is excited to return to her alma mater as a lecturer for the spring 2018 quarter at UC Davis. She is teaching the Sculpting the Land Studio in the landscape architecture department. This class introduces students to topography, site grading, and creating space with landforms.