Emergency Response, Prescribed Fire, and Land Management

Deer Creek Resources uses mapping and cutting-edge wildfire science to help communities and landowners prepare for wildfire. We are experts in prescribed fire planning and implementation.
Along with our parent company, Firestorm, we deliver a full-service wildfire safety program – from project design to implementation.

Emergency Response

We provide crisis communications, working onsite for interagency Incident Command Teams during disasters – creating maps and graphics to help agencies plan, prepare and respond with the best available information. Our emergency operations team works in tandem with government planning specialists to depict critical information in map form. Our mobile GIS mapping/design trailers and support assets are used to manage complex events in remote locations, and can be deployed immediately – 24/7/365.

Prescribed Fire and Land Management

We use technology, storytelling, photos, land information and custom-made maps to help people solve complex problems. We design complex vegetation management projects to protect communities and critical infrastructure.

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, the Carolinas, and throughout the Northern Pacific Rim.
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Some past and ongoing mapping projects that Deer Creek staff have worked on:

The Nature Conservancy’s Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Program (TREX)
Since 2014, DCR staff and equipment have supported over 12 TREX events in Northern and Central California, and in South Carolina. We provide leadership during these 2-week interagency training intensives, training scientists to safely monitor active fires, and teaching GIS mapping and wildfire intelligence management.

Western Klamath Restoration Partnership
Client: Mid Klamath Watershed Council, Olreans/Somes Bar Fire Safe Council, Happy Camp Fire Safe Council.
Since 2013, we have conducted a wide varierty of wildfire and prescribed fire consulting for communities on the Klamath River, in Northwestern California. Projects have included using airborne LiDAR data to characterize forest canopy structure, working with local NGOs and tribes to develop collaborative methods to prioritize wildfire and prescribed management projects, participating in TREX prescribed burning intensives, and coordinating mapping projects to identify potential sites to use prescribed fire to maintain traditional food sources like tanoak acrons and huckleberries.

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)
DCR is currently leading efforts to develop and prioritize wildfire safety projects in Eldorado County, and for the Salmon River Watershed, In Northwestern California. Past CWPP clients have included The Wheeler Crest Fire Safe Council, Yuba County, Sierra County, The Town of Truckee, and multiple fire districts in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Upper Feather River Watershed Integrated Regional Water Management Plan
Client: Plumas County and Uma Hinman Consulting
We provided 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 was the design of a map-based document library.

Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update – 2015
Client: WildlandRx
Cartography showing completed and proposed hazardous fuels reduction projects for fire districts throughout the Tahoe Basin.

Sierra County Community Wildfire Protection Plan – 2015
Client: WildlandRx
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.

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.

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.

General References for Deer Creek GIS

Robin Wills – Western Region Fire Chief, National Park Service
530-898-9826 robin.wills@nps.gov
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’.

Will Harling – Mid-Klamath Watershed Council
530-647-3202 will@mkwc.org
We have worked with MKWC extensively on pre-fire planning and prescribed fire implementation projects in Northwestern California.

Barry Callenberger – US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, Deputy Director for Fire and Aviation (ret).
530-306-4896 wldlnd@aol.com
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.

Lenya Quinn-Davidson – Cooperative Extension Forestry and Fuels Advisor, University of California
(707) 272-0637 lenyaqd@gmail.com
We have supported TREX prescribed fire training events organized by Lenya since 2015. Lenya is also the Director of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, which DCR has actively supported of the since its inception.

Heather Taylor – GIS Coordinator, US Forest Service, Sierra National Forest
559-297-0706 x4873 – Tuesdays    559-877-2218 x3195 – M&F hmtaylor@fs.fed.us
Heather is the lead incident mapping specialist for California Incident Management Team 3.  Our staff have provided her with onsite GIS support and mapping services during large wildfires since 2001.