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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 this article on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit Program and compliance with the Clean Water Act 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. 

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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We are proud to announce that Tierra's President and Founder, Randye Ferrick, SR/WA, won the award for Outstanding Minority Business Owner at the 2018 Inside Tucson Business Women of Influence Awards! Inside Tucson Business has been recognizing women of influence for 14 years, but this was the first year an award was given in this category.

A number of Tierra employees were able to attend the awards ceremony at Desert Diamond in Sahuarita and show their support. We're very proud to have Randye's lifelong efforts and dedication to the Tucson business community honored by her community and peers. Congratulations to Randye, and thank you to the Women of Influence awards for promoting the achievements of women throughout southern Arizona.

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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. 

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