Visit Tierra at Booth #13 at the ACEC Arizona's 2017 Roads & Streets Conference this Week in Tucson!

ACEC logoIf 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!


Clean Water Act Compliance and the Nationwide Permit Program

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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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Tierra Awarded 5-Year Extension on GSA Contract

gsa-logoTierra 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.


Meet Tierra's Resident Hot Rodder and Historic Vehicle Specialist:
Archaeologist Jeff Jones

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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 Names Leslie Beaird Manager of Right of Way Operations in the
Pacific Northwest

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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..


Senior Project Manager Jennifer Hushour Named District 5 Commissioner for the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission

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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! 


Meghan’s education and experience makes her uniquely qualified to perform work in two of Tierra’s service divisions: Right of Way and Cultural Resources. She is currently working on getting her real estate license in New Mexico so that she may negotiate on behalf of our New Mexico clients. 

Tierra Names Meghan Bayer Right of Way Project Manager in Santa Fe Branch

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Tierra is pleased to announce the hire of Meghan Bayer as a Project Manager in the company’s Santa Fe branch.

Ms. Bayer brings over nine years of experience in community planning and project management to her new role with Tierra. She is a highly skilled manager who possesses a unique understanding of the development challenges facing New Mexico communities. In her former role as Project Manager for the Santa Fe Public Works Department’s Santa Fe River Greenway project, Ms. Bayer managed the land acquisition process and led strategic planning efforts for the long-term use of the Santa Fe River corridor. She also served as Assistant Director of the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Main Street Revitalization Program, where she coordinated the implementation of capital construction projects through the planning, design, and construction phases.

Ms. Bayer holds a master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico, as well as a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism. Her education in historic preservation and experience with the New Mexico Department of Archived Records make her uniquely qualified to Tierra’s Cultural Resources and Environmental Planning Division with their work in New Mexico in addition to her duties as Right of Way Project Manager. Ms. Bayer is currently working on getting her real estate license in New Mexico so that she may negotiate on behalf of our New Mexico clients. She is Tierra's first employee qualified to work with both our Right of Way and Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Divisions. 

“Through her experience working for the State and Santa Fe County, Meghan knows what it takes to deliver development projects in New Mexico successfully,” said Mack Dickerson, Tierra’s Vice President of Right of Way Operations. “We’re very happy to have her on board, and her expertise will be truly valuable to our clients.”

To learn more, or to contact Ms. Bayer 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..


Meghan’s education and experience makes her uniquely qualified to perform work in two of Tierra’s service divisions: Right of Way and Cultural Resources. She is currently working on getting her real estate license in New Mexico so that she may negotiate on behalf of our New Mexico clients. 

Tierra's Right of Way Division Hires 7 New Staff 

Tierra is pleased to announce the hire of seven new staff members to our Right of Way Division. With plenty of new projects scheduled for the rest of the year and beyond, we've added new right of way specialists and real estate professionals to help us tackle our growing workload. Spread between our Tucson and Phoenix offices, these talented employees will help us continue to provide a high level of service to our right of way clients.

Learn more about our new Right of Way team members here!


Tierra's Work on ADOT's South Mountain Freeway Project in Phoenix

south-mountain-selected-alternative-mapTierra has been providing acquisition and relocation services to ADOT for their South Mountain Freeway Expansion project. This large-scale project will build a 22-mile extension of the South Mountain Freeway, also known as Loop 202, in Phoenix. NBC's Arizona Nightly News recently covered the project, including the ongoing acquisition process.

Click here to view the broadcast! 


Tierra Hires Theresa Knoblock as Biologist/Environmental Compliance Lead

Theresa KnoblockTierra is pleased to announce the hire of Theresa Knoblock, M.S., as a Biologist/Environmental Compliance Lead in our Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division. An accomplished Environmental Planner and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Specialist with over 19 years of experience in the environmental consulting profession, Ms. Knoblock will be a great asset to Tierra’s environmental services clients.

Ms. Knoblock specializes in performing complex regulatory projects in a wide variety of jurisdictions throughout the western United States. She has extensive experience helping both public agency and private clients navigate the NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and California Environmental Quality Act permitting process. Beginning her career as a Biologist conducting Clean Water Act Section 404 delineations and biological evaluations for Threatened and Endangered plant and wildlife species in California, Ms. Knoblock moved to Arizona in 2005 and continued working as a Project Manager on a wide variety of Federal, State, and local projects in the western United States and Texas. Ms. Knoblock’s experience allows her to quickly understand conflicting resource and land management concerns early in the planning process and work cooperatively with clients to identify alternatives and solutions.

We’re very happy to welcome Theresa to our environmental services team,” said Tierra’s President, Randye Ferrick. “As a regulatory expert, she will be of great service to our clients in designing and permitting their projects to be environmentally compliant.

At Tierra, Ms. Knoblock will be responsible for conducting biological surveys, Jurisdictional Delineations, and Environmental Assessments. To learn more, or to contact Ms. Knoblock 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..


Tierra's Right of Way Division Hires 14 New Staff Members

With plenty of new projects planned through 2015, Tierra's Right of Way Division is on a roll. We've taken on a great deal of new work this year, and to help us continue to expand our reach in Arizona and beyond, we've hired 14 new right of way staff members who are already making a big impact! Click here to learn more about our newest staff members. 


Tierra Celebrates 25 Years In Business

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This September, Tierra celebrated its 25th year of providing land services to public and private clients throughout the western United States, an occasion that has given us cause to reflect on how far we have come as a company. Founded in 1989 as a local right of way firm serving Tucson-area clients, Tierra’s first office was our President Randye Ferrick’s Monte Carlo! Although we quickly outgrew our first headquarters, the commitment to hard work and providing the utmost in client satisfaction that we developed in our early days stayed with us.

Since then, Tierra has grown from a single office, local right of way firm into a multi-discipline firm with eight offices in six western United States. With an integrated Cultural Resources and Environmental Planning Division, and a nationwide reputation for success, our clients rely on us as a one-stop resource for all of their project needs, and we’ve been more than happy to deliver time and again.

To commemorate our 25th year in business, Tierra has introduced a new company logo that reflects our growth as a company, as well as our expanded geographic reach. In tandem with our new logo, we are also excited to announce the launch of our newly re-designed company website. Tierra’s new site will help clients and friends learn more about our industry experience, stay informed about what we are up to, and connect with us more effectively.

We have come a long way since we began, and we are thankful to all of the clients and staff that have helped make it possible. Tierra is committed to continuing to provide the quality of work for which you have come to depend on us, and we are always working hard to find ways to better serve you.

Thank you for helping us become the business we are today!


Tom Euler: Director of Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division

Tom EulerTierra is pleased to announce the hire of Tom Euler as the new Director of the company’s Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division. Mr. Euler will oversee the division’s operations throughout the western United States, coordinating the efforts of Tierra’s staff to bring cultural resource and environmental permitting projects for private and public clients to successful completion.

Mr. Euler brings over 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting and cultural resource management fields to his new position. Over the past 20 years, he has held numerous high-level project management and business development positions and delivered hundreds of projects for public and private-sector clients throughout the western region. Mr. Euler is well versed in National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, and he has extensive experience managing the completion of Clean Water Act/Section 404 permitting, archaeological surveys, and environmental assessments. Mr. Euler has worked on projects involving most Federal and State agencies responsible for managing cultural and natural resources in the western United States.

We’re thrilled to have an industry veteran like Tom heading up our Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division,” said Tierra’s President, Randye Ferrick. “His technical and managerial expertise will be invaluable to our team and our clients.” 


Spring Conferences: ACEC and APWA

Tierra Right of Way at the ACEC ConferenceTierra had a busy conference schedule this spring, but our staff had a great time at the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Arizona Roads and Streets Conference in Tucson and the 2014 American Public Works Association (APWA) Washington Spring Conference in Tacoma. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booths, it was great seeing some old friends and making some new ones!

Left Photo: Tierra's Vice President of Right of Way Operations Mack Dickerson (center) and Marketing Manager Stevie Bongen (right) with Christy Sipos (left) of LittleJohn Engineering at the ACEC Conference. Bottom Photo: Tierra's Washington Right of Way Project Manager Dave Parry manning the booth at the APWA conference.

 Dave Parry at Tierra's Booth at the APWA Conference