Category Archives: What’s New

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.

April is World Landscape Architecture Month

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture, and Foothill Associates is excited to be joining in the fun. Established by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, WLAM aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives. The Foothill Associates’ landscape architects particularly love designing streetscapes, parks and recreation facilities, trails, open spaces, public spaces, and habitat restoration. We have designed some pretty cool projects, if we do say so ourselves, and we are going to highlight some of our favorites on Facebook throughout April, so check them out here. You can also look through projects our landscape architecture team has designed through the years by clicking on our ‘design’ tab.

Placerville Veterans Memorial Dedicated Veterans Day Weekend

Foothill Associates was honored to design the Veterans Memorial which was dedicated Veterans Day Weekend 2017 in Placerville. The monument honors all Veterans and includes names of 21 Placerville area servicemen who were killed in action in Vietnam.

21 metal plaques honor Placerville area servicemen who were killed in action in Vietnam.


Monument lit up at night.


Foothill Associates Announces New Officers

Click here to read press release.The Foothill Associates’ Board of Directors recently appointed new corporate officers: Paul Weller as President, David Bise as Vice President, and Dianne Ransby as Chief Financial Officer/Secretary. Meredith Branstad and Kyrsten Shields were named as Principals. These changes took effect August 1, 2017. Former President Kate Kirsh and Kenneth Whitney will continue to serve on the Corporate Board of Directors. Read the full press release.

Anatolia and Kavala Ranch Bike and Pedestrian Trail APWA Project of the Year Award

On August 4, 2017, The American Public Works Association, Sacramento Chapter, awarded the City of Rancho Cordova’s Anatolia and Kavala Ranch Bike and Pedestrian Trail the Project of the Year award in the Trails & Parks, Trails category, $1 million – $2 million division. The trail is an extension of a Class I multi-use trail connecting two neighborhoods with a safe path to school and parks through an existing wetland preserve. Foothill Associates completed the design, permitting, and biological compliance monitoring during construction. As part of the design process we worked closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize impacts to wetlands.

Two bridges were installed along the trail to avoid wetlands.


The trail connects two neighborhoods through a beautiful wetland preserve.

Kate Kirsh Presents American Trails Webinar

On July 20, 2017 Kate Kirsh was a presenters for the webinar entitled “Getting to ‘Yes’ on Greenway Trails in Your Community” as a part of the American Trails “Advancing Trails Webinar Series.” This webinar explored many of the social barriers that can make it difficult to get community support for multi-use trail projects. Social barriers are those issues that cannot easily be engineered away because they arise out of people’s values, emotions, and perceptions. The webinar looked at how to address residents’ fears about crime, loss of privacy, noise, depreciating property values, and other issues that are often raised when trying to get public support for new trails in urban settings. Other social barriers that were explored include fiscal concerns, such as worries about new taxes and lack of future maintenance funds, and anxieties over potential environmental impacts. The panel discussed how the public engagement process itself can be structured to most effectively address these social barriers in a manner that is respectful and builds consensus. The webinar was focused toward planners, landscape architects, and trail advocates who are tasked with getting public approval for trail projects. Kate organized a panel of presenters including Casey Kempenaar, Senior Planner, City of Citrus Heights, Planning Department; Mike Dour, Alternative Transportation Manager, City of Roseville, California; and Jim Konopka, Senior Park Planner, Trails, City of Folsom, California