Statement Of Qualifications
About Deer Creek GIS
GIS stands for ‘Geographic Information Systems’. GIS is a set of digital tools that we use to turn data into beautiful maps.
Maps bridge divides – while everybody looks out through their own unique political lens, there is only one physical reality – the conditions on the ground.
We use technology, storytelling, photos, land information and custom-made maps to help people solve complex problems.
Deer Creek GIS was founded in 2011. Since then Deer Creek team have worked on mapping projects across most of the Western States, in Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, and throughout the Northern Pacific Rim.
Some past and ongoing mapping projects that Deer Creek staff have worked on:
Western Klamath Restoration Partnership – Ongoing
Client: Mid Klamath Watershed Council
We are currently starting a project that will use airborne LiDAR data to characterize forest canopy structure for about 25,000 acres in the Klamath Mountains near Somes Bar, California. This mapping will be used to design thinning and prescribed burning projects to improve community and firefighter safety across this fire-prone part of the planet.
Upper Feather River Watershed Integrated Regional Water Management Plan – Ongoing
Client: Plumas County and Uma Hinman Consulting
We are providing mapping and website design to support this planning project which will establish priorities for water management-related projects across the watershed that provides 75% of the water used by the California State Water Project. One of our major tasks on this project is the design of a map-based document library.
Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update – 2015
Cartography showing completed and proposed hazardous fuels reduction projects for fire districts throughout the Tahoe Basin.
Sierra County Community Wildfire Protection Plan – 2015
We assembled a project GIS, facilitated community collaborative mapping meetings, edited community-provided mapping data, and produced planning and final report maps.
Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Community Wildfire Protection Planning – 2014
Client: Orleans/Somes Bar and Happy Camp Fire Safe Councils
We facilitated collaborative mapping efforts with agency staff, Karuk and Yurok tribal members, and community forestry practitioners. These meetings identified areas where large-scale cultural burning projects could improve acorn production, open up traditional travel routes, improve elk habitat, and protect communities along the Klamath River. We also participated in the 2014 Klamath River ‘TREX’ community-based prescribed burning training, filling mapping support, ignition, and firefighting roles.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the Yuba County Foothills – 2014
Client: Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council
Mapped wildfire hazard, facilitated collaborative mapping meetings, and established and prioritized hazardous fuels reduction projects for communities in the foothills and mountains of Yuba County, California.
Petroleum Pipeline Right-Of-Way Survey Tool and Data Management Workflow – 2014
Client: Kinder Morgan Co.
Developed a tablet-based mapping workflow and data management system to rapidly assess conditions along a major interstate gas pipeline.
Gold Mountain Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment – 2014
Client: Gold Mountain Homeowners Association
This project mapped wildfire hazard on 400 parcels in Eastern Plumas County, California, and established priorities for wildfire hazard reduction thinning.
Grizzly Ranch Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment – 2014
Client: Grizzly Ranch Homeowners Association
This project mapped wildfire hazard on 300+ parcels in Eastern Plumas County, California, and established priorities for wildfire hazard reduction thinning.
McNabney Marsh Vegetation Mapping Project – 2014 and 2001
Client: Mountain View Sanitary District
Used current Infrared aerial photography and field botany data to create a vegetation map for a 200 acre marsh in Martinez, CA. Conducted accuracy assessments, rectified aerial imagery to map-scale, and wrote a discussion in final report.
Document Library and Data Management for the CABY and Upper Pit River IRWM Projects – 2011-2012
Client: Sacramento River Watershed Program
Westwood Millsite Reuse Survey – 2011
Client: Mountain Meadows Conservancy
Used 1941 and current aerial photography to design a poster showing the locations of buildings and facilities at the historic Westwood, CA, Mill Site, and current conditions. This work and our aerial photography accompanied a report that developed strategies to remediate potential pollution at the site, and convert the property to a more beneficial use.
Butte Creek Aerial Atlas
Client: Friends of Butte Creek
Captured and geotagged aerial photographs showing landscape and infrastructure features along Lower Butte Creek, in California’s Sacramento Valley.
Past projects that our staff worked on while employed by NorthTree Fire
Lassen Foothills Fire Management Plan – 2004/5
The Nature Conservancy, Dye Creek, California
Contact: Richard Reiner – 530-343-7085
Mapped vegetation condition and developed fire management recommendations to reduce noxious weeds and benefit native species on the Nature Conservancy’s Lassen Foothills project area (Eastern Tehama County, California). Conducted oblique aerial photography missions and ground surveys and collaborated with US Forest Service staff to develop landscape-scale strategies for effective wildfire management across the 900,000 acre project area.
Almanor Basin Watershed Interactive Mapping – 2005
Sierra Institute for Community and the Environment
Contact Jonathan Kusel, Executive Director – 530-284-1022
Used GIS software and wrote code to create a map-based interactive watershed information system for the Lake Almanor Basin, in Northeastern California. The intention of this project was to allow residents of the area to access water quality information collected for the lake. Toward this end, we installed our interactive watershed tour on public computers hosted at the Chester Library. The final product is available for download (Google Earth software required) at the Sierra Institute’s website.
Cameron Park Community Wildfire Protection Plan – Summer 2006
Eldorado County Firesafe Council, California
Contact: Barry Callenberger – 530-644-6513
Our staff conducted parcel-level surveys for over 7,500 individual homes in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Work was conducted from a moving vehicle using GPS and a laptop running ArcGIS. 12 attributes were collected for each structure, including: Building and roofing materials, vegetation attributes, fire hazard, and firefighter access. Our staff surveyed both sides of the road at once, and generally mapped 1,000 structures per day. Survey results (delivered to county employees via open-source interactive web-based maps) were used to prioritize code enforcement actions.
Online GIS and Asset Management System – October 2008
Private client – Location: Monterey, California
Our staff developed an interactive GIS for a 5,000 acre property. This involved GPS mapping of all man-made features on the property, digitizing paper base maps, reprojecting CAD surveys, and writing scripts to automate the production of Google Maps digital overlays. Approximately 4,000 digital photos were geotagged and associated with attribute data for 2,800 datapoints. Our staff mapped all highway signs on approximately 15 miles of public road, capturing sign-type, location, condition, and size information using Trimble GPS units with laser rangefinders.
Final product was delivered as interactive Google Maps layers – users can click points on the map to see photographs and descriptions for each mapped feature.
Fuels Management Planning for Lick Observatory – Mount Hamilton, California
Client: University of California
Developed a plan to reduce wildfire hazard to buildings and infrastructure across 45 mountaintop acres East of San Jose, CA. Wrote technical materials for $500k FEMA hazard mitigation grant, and once project was awarded, monitored work of brush clearing crews.
Dynamic image from http://northtreefire.com – click to zoom and pan.
Digital Atlas for the Sacramento River Watershed – November 2007 – November 2010
Client: Sacramento River Watershed Program
Contract Administrator – Peter Tittmann – Technical Director (707) 849-4135
Members of our staff designed, programmed, and implemented a regional enterprise GIS system for watershed coordinators, agency administrators, and the general public for the 27,000 square mile Sacramento River Watershed Program.
This project included the development of spatially-enabled web-based photo and document management, data export tools, and FGDC compliant metadata cataloging tools. User-contributed photos and videos are available via Google Maps interface at http://sacriver.org.
The online GIS features over 200 layers including current aerial photo image catalogs, historical maps, and LANDSAT imagery. The site is online at http://srwp.org/imf/imf.jsp?site=SWIM
Three views of the Colusa Flood Bypass – from ‘SWIM’ mapping website.
LIDAR terrain model of Colusa Bypass
Land Ownership around Colusa Bypass
LANDSAT image of Colusa Bypass after 1997 floods
Sacramento River Tributaries Projects 1998-2000
CSU, Chico Research Foundation
Provided GIS and GPS mapmaking support to CALFED-funded projects including wildland road erosion assessments, wildfire and fuels management planning, and the development of watershed existing conditions reports for the Big Chico, Butte, and Deer Creek Watersheds. Tasks included oblique aerial photography, map editing, landowner outreach, and public speaking on watershed issues in Butte and Tehama Counties, California. General emphasis was on evaluating current conditions and assessing potential threats to water quality and salmonid fisheries in foothill watersheds between Battle Creek and the Feather River.
Jim Schmidt – GIS Coordinator, US Forest Service, Stanislaus National Forest
209-532-3671 x220 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our staff have worked with Jim providing GIS mapping support to Incident Management Teams on large wildfires. In this capacity, our staff developed GIS databases from multiple sources, maintained database integrity by enforcing filenaming conventions, performed regular data backups, and produced maps of actively burning wildfires in an accurate and timely manner.
Heather Taylor – GIS Coordinator, US Forest Service, Sierra National Forest
559-297-0706 x4873 – Tuesdays 559-877-2218 x3195 – M&F email@example.com
Heather is the lead GIS tech for California Incident Management Team 3. Our staff have provided her with mobile GIS database management and mapping services during large wildfires since 2001 (same tasks as paragraph above).
Leah McFall – Former State GIS Coordinator – BLM Alaska
541-880-8319 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah is the lead GIS tech for Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3. Our staff have worked for her extensively providing contract GIS services during large wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Dr. Tom Griggs – Senior Restoration Ecologist, River Partners
DCG President Zeke Lunder worked with Tom Griggs while employed by the CSU, Chico Watershed Projects. Tom is familiar with our fine-art cartography and oblique aerial photography skillset.
Robin Wills – Western Region Fire Ecologist, National Park Service
Robin is familiar with our landscape-scale wildfire hazard assessment and illustration work. We have worked with him on wildfire history studies and other fire ecology fieldwork. Also, we developed a textbook illustration and contributed aerial photography to a chapter that he authored on the historic fire regimes of California’s Central Valley for the UC Press’ Textbook ‘Fire in California’s Ecosystems’.
Barry Callenberger – US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, Deputy Director for Fire and Aviation (ret).
Barry has collaborated with Deer Creek GIS staff on wildfire hazard investigations and wildland fuels mapping projects. Clients have included the Tahoe Basin Firesafe Council, the Nature Conservancy of California, and the University of California.
California State University, Chico – 1996 – Bachelor of Arts in Geography
Research Assistant – Spring 1998 – Summer 2000.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2000 – Summer Institute in Ecosystem Ecology.
Fire ecology and mapping experience in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California Coast Range and Foothills, Great Basin, Southern Cascades, Northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.
Predictive spatial modeling, topographic analysis and modeling, digital image pre-processing, including geo-registration, orthorectification, and atmospheric/radiometric correction, image analysis and classification, multivariate statistical analysis for modeling and image processing, database population and auditing, cartography, project management, training, technology planning, web development, and creation of FGDC-compliant metadata.
Chief of Operations – Deer Creek GIS ~ 2011-present
Providing leadership, strategy, and labor to launch and sustain a new GIS consultancy. Cartography, database design, training, web development, policy and procedures, IT system design, communications, management and metal fabrication responsibilities.
GIS Manager – NorthTree GIS ~ 2000 – 2010
As GIS manager for NTFI, Mr. Lunder designed, built, and staffed mobile GIS mapping facilities for incident mapping, supervised and trained over 50 call-when-needed GIS techs, and compiled over 3,000 hours experience as wildfire GIS Specialist on 35+ large wildland fires in the Western U.S. His staff provided over 45,000 hours of onsite GIS services (map-making) to emergency clients including CAL FIRE, the US Forest Service, and the Union Pacific Railroad.
Non-emergency work included development of online GIS services and metadata catalogs, database project architecture, and design of web-based spatial information systems including the Sacramento River Watershed Digital Atlas – http://sacriver.org/wim and a Google Earth-based watershed information system for the Lake Almanor Basin –http://sierrainstitute.us/Almanorvirtualtour.html
Other technical skills include oblique aerial photography, GPS survey design, data dictionary creation, GPS-enabled photo-mapping, Google Maps API programming, UNIX/Linux server administration and file management, automated digital photo processing, and administration of web-based project task/project management systems.
Wildland Fire Planning Specialist/Project Manager – CSU, Chico Watershed Projects, 1998-2000.
Authored fire management chapters for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-funded watershed assessments on foothill watersheds in the Northern Sacramento Valley area, Northeastern California. Used LANDSAT TM imagery, timber harvest history GIS data, flew recon/aerial photography missions, and conducted field-surveys to map forest fuel accumulation and fire hazards. Led GPS mapping crews to survey stream crossings on logging roads.
Silviculture Technician and GIS/GPS specialist – USDA Forest Service – 1995-1997.
Performed vegetation/stand inventories, marked biomass-thinning/shaded-fuelbreak thinning projects, GPS mapped stand boundaries. Fought district wildfires and taught ArcInfo GIS to district staff.
1999 – Big Chico Creek Existing Condition Report – Wildfire Management
1999 – Butte Creek Existing Condition Report – Wildfire Management
1999 – Butte Creek Watershed Road Survey
2000 – Deer Creek Watershed Fire Management Framework
2002 – Morro Bay Estuary Watershed Fire Management Plan
2003 – Lassen Foothills Fire Management Plan – for The Nature Conservancy
2004 – Plumas County Hazardous Fuel Assessment and Strategy
2005 – Cameron Park Community Wildfire Protection Plan – Eldorado County
2005 –$500,000 FEMA Grant for fuels reduction at Lick Observatory
2006 – Map illustration “Fire in California Ecosytems” – UC Press.
2007 – Map illustrations for book “The Thirtymile Fire” by John N. Maclean
2007 – Almanor Basin Watershed Information System – online interactive GIS
2007 – Wildfire Assessment for 150,000 acres of timberland in Oregon
2009 – Sacramento River Watershed Digital Atlas – http://sacriver.org/wim
2010 – Sacramento River Watershed “Roadmap for the Future” Atlas Editor
Detailed project information
Big Chico Creek Existing Condition Report – Wildfire and fuels management section
1998 For USFWS
Wrote fire management chapters for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-funded watershed assessments on foothill watersheds in the Northern Sacramento Valley area, Northeastern California These chapters assessed fire protection infrastructure and access issues, critiqued the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protectionís satellite-based fuels mapping and risk-assessment methodology, interpreted existing fire history studies and mapping, identified areas of high potential fire severity, and mapped existing fuelbreak projects.
Butte Creek Existing Condition Report – Wildfire and fuels management section
1998 For USFWS
These chapters assessed fire protection infrastructure and access issues, critiqued the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protectionís satellite-based fuels mapping and risk-assessment methodology, interpreted existing fire history studies and mapping, identified areas of high potential fire severity, and mapped existing fuelbreak projects.
Upper Butte Creek Watershed Road Survey
GPS Mapping/GIS coordinator
1999 For USFWS
An assessment of sediment production from forest roads in the Upper Butte Creek Watershed ñ Northern California Walked 50 miles of forest road, surveyed approximately 250 stream crossings, supervised and scheduled field crews, and taught dirt-bike GPS mapping techniques.
Deer Creek Fire Management Framework
1999 For CALFED/EPA
In 1999 the Deer Creek Watershed Conservancy received a grant to identify potential erosion hazards associated with high-severity wildfire in the watershed and to make recommendations on the feasibility of implementing a landscape-level network of shaded fuelbreaks. I compiled and analyzed existing GIS data, conducted field-surveys, and used ground observations to interpret stand composition and densities on oblique aerial photography collected from a light plane. Facilitated meetings with land managers and biologists, and published a final report.
RAMS (Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies) Fuels Management Program Assessment
2001 For Battle Mountain District, BLM
GIS analysis for landscape-scale fuels management project prioritization. Used LANDSAT and other GIS data to evaulate existing veg. Used GIS to assess response times for fire resources, and to characterize threat of human wildfire ignitions over 10 million acres of public land
Morro Bay Estuary Watershed Fire Management Plan
2001 For MBNEP
Identified high wildfire-hazard areas, potentially-high postfire erosion sites, and strategies for integrating fire and fuels management into long-term ecological restoration projects within the Morro Bay Estuary watershed. Developed NEPA checklists and survey lists for use in implementation projects.
Whiskeytown Fire History Study
2001 For NPS
Designed and implemented fire history data-collection project, coordinated field crews responsible for collecting and preparing fire-history tree-ring cross-section samples for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (NPS).
RAMS (Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies) Fuels Management Budget Assessment
2002 For Elko and Ely Districts, BLM
GIS analysis for landscape-scale fuels management project prioritization Used LANDSAT and other GIS data to evaulate existing veg. Used GIS to assess response times for fire resources, and to characterize threat of human wildfire ignitions over 25 million acres of public land
Fire Management Plan for Inks Creek, Tuscan Buttes, Dye Creek & Vina Plains Units, The Nature Conservancy, Lassen Foothills Project
2003 For The Nature Conservancy
Assessed landscape-scale wildfire issues in the Eastern Tehama County Foothills. Delineated fire management units across 90,000 acres of conservation rangeland, identified unit-specific fire management objectives, and prioritized units for prescribed fire. Established prescribed-fire prescriptions and control plans. Wrote initial CEQA documentation for priority burn units. Conducted field assessments, flew oblique aerial photography, analyzed satellite imagery, and compiled existing information from The Nature Conservancy, Denny Land & Cattle Company, CDF,and USFS.
Tahoe Basin Fuels Management Plan
2004 For Wildland Rx
Collected field data on surface and aerial forest fuels, used FMA+ software to convert plot and weather data into crown-fire behavior estimates.
Plumas County Hazardous Fuel Assessment and Strategy
2004 For Firesafe Council
Collected field data on surface and aerial forest fuels, installed 85 monitoring plots, collected stand data, used FMA+ software to convert plot and weather data into crown-fire behavior estimates, published a photoseries book for use in developing prescriptions for community-defense forest thinning projects. Used GIS and LANDSAT data to generate custom fuel profile mapping for use in the FLAMMAP and FARSITE wildfire prediction models. Used model outputs to estimate potential acres needing treatment adjacent to communities at risk.
Cameron Park Community Wildfire Protection Plan For the Eldorado County Firesafe Council
2005 For CDF
Developed spatial database and custom GIS interface for rapid onsite assessment of wildfire hazard in subdivisions. Collected data for over 7,000 individual parcels in 9 field days, used survey data to develop base data for use in fire behavior modeling using the FARSITE program
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Historic Vegetation Map
2005 For NPS
Developed map/poster of historic vegetation at Whiskeytown NRA using original vegetation observations from General Lands Office surveys conducted in 1870s
2006 For Henry Holt Publishing Co.
Developed maps for book on a wildfire that killed 4 firefighters.
1998 For CSU, Chico
Developed map of John Bidwell’s historic route during the first European journey over the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Presidential Briefing Map
2003 For California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Produced a large oblique satellite image poster showing the areas burned by three large fires in San Diego County, in fall of 2003. This map was used to brief Gov. Gray Davis, Gov. elect Schwarzenegger, and President Bush.
Website redesign – www.northtreefire.com
Project Manager/Content Developer
2004-2006 For NTFI