• The Healthy Forests Restoration Act and Community Wildfire Protection Plans

    Chris BockeyWildfire season is fast approaching and agencies and communities across the West are reviewing, revising, and updating strategies to protect land from severe wildfire threat. As an Arizona environmental planning firm, Logan Simpson’s wildfire planning specialists have recently completed the 2014 Cochise County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and 2014 Maricopa County CWPP Update as a result of the need for these counties to have established and updated plans in place.
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  • Arizona Cultural Resources: Pottery Origins as a Practical Domestic Technology

    Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA

    As one of Logan Simpson’s cultural resource consultants, I have been conducting research on ancient pottery in southern and central Arizona for the past eight years. The archaeological study of pottery and ceramics is crucial for understanding the ancient life ways of people prior to the introduction of written records. These valuable Arizona cultural resources, along with stone tools, are well-preserved and abundant at most archaeological sites in the state. In contrast, many other important cultural resources, such as food, wood, and fiber, are perishable and do not preserve in the archaeological record. Studying ceramics provides archaeologists with information about what people ate, their customs and technologies, artisan crafting practices, gender roles, patterns of exchange, views of religion and cosmologies, and many other important insights.
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  • London Bridge Tourist Attraction and Bat Roosting Habitat

    Nearly 50 years ago the London Bridge (of nursery rhyme fame), was disassembled and shipped overseas from London to California. It was then trucked to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it was reconstructed and rededicated in October 1971. Kay Nicholson, a senior member of Logan Simpson’s team of biological resource specialists, recently completed a bat survey of the bridge in advance of maintenance work to repair and make safety improvements. read more

  • Erick Laurila Promoted to Assistant Director of Cultural Resources

    Archaeologist Erick Laurila, M.A., RPA, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Cultural Resources in Logan Simpson’s Tempe, Arizona office. In his new role, Erick will be working with the Director of Cultural Resources to oversee GIS, graphics, and mobile electronic data collection technologies as well as managing client relations, projects, and staff. Erick has worked at Logan Simpson for five years, and he has more than 10 years of experience coordinating and supervising cultural resources survey, archaeological excavation and monitoring throughout Arizona and New Mexico. read more

  • Erin Davis Promoted to Assistant Director of Cultural Resources

    Archaeologist Erin Davis, M.A., RPA, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Cultural Resources in Logan Simpson’s Tempe, Arizona office. In her new role, Erin will work with the Director of Cultural Resources to manage client relations, projects and staff assignments worked out of the Tempe office. Erin began her career in 1994 and has worked at Logan Simpson since 2010. She has spent decades conducting archaeological survey, excavations, and monitoring and preparing reports detailing the results of these activities and providing recommendations for NRHP eligibility and effects projects may have upon historic properties. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 1997 and her M.A. from the University of Leicester in 2011.

  • Mark Hackbarth Reappointed to Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission

    Mark Hackbarth, RPA

    Mark Hackbarth, RPA

    Scottsdale City Council reappointed Mark Hackbarth to Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Commission. Mark, a 22-year Scottsdale resident, recently completed a three-year term. The seven-member commission oversees the development and management of Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Program. read more

  • Inventory of Motorized Routes on BLM Lands

    Logan Simpson’s road and trail inventory team is assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by verifying and classifying transportation routes that traverse BLM-managed lands.

    The BLM is charged with managing more than 245 million acres of U.S. land for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Their transportation networks provide access for recreation, hunting, grazing, and mineral extraction.  These networks change over time, creating the need for travel management. read more

  • Jesse Adams Promoted to Director of Cultural Resources, Salt Lake City

    Logan Simpson Design Inc., one of the largest landscape architecture design and environmental planning firms in the West, announced today it has promoted Jesse Adams, a senior environmental archaeologist, to director of cultural services for our Salt Lake City and Corvallis, OR offices.
    Jesse has more than 14 years of experience supervising archaeological inventory, monitoring, testing, and data recovery projects. He has extensive experience throughout the Intermountain West and Great Basin regions; and has managed and directed more than 40 cultural resource projects for various state and federal agencies, energy development companies, and mining clients. read more

  • Logan Simpson Welcomes Archaeologists Jim Hasbargen and Alex New

    Jim Hasbargen will be working from Flagstaff, Arizona. Alex New will be working from La Grande, Oregon. Jim has 20 years of experience in Southwestern archaeology and graduate degrees in both archaeology and quaternary studies. He has produced or contributed to more than 80 technical reports on survey projects, testing and data recovery excavations, ceramic analysis, botanical analysis, palynology, site monitoring, and ruin stabilization. Alex has nine years of experience and recently completed his Master’s Thesis entitled Cooperation in the Wilds of the Idaho Territory: Interaction between the Jesuits and Coeur d’Alene Indians at the Cataldo Mission, 1848-1878.

  • Logan Simpson Welcomes Michael Chalona, PLA

    Michael ChalonaMichael Chalona, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, joined the Fort Collins office as a senior associate landscape architect. Michael is a registered landscape architect in five states, and brings 21 years of experience and leadership in sustainable design and construction to our environmental planning firm. He is experienced in project, contract, and consultant management; real estate development; and project permitting; and is considered an expert in land use and zoning codes. A skilled leader in directing projects from conceptual design through construction, Michael is passionate about the sustainable landscape architecture design of outdoor spaces that are beautiful, and enduring.

    New additions to our landscape design practice also include Ran Ran and Mark Kieser in Tempe, and Tyler Smithson in Salt Lake City.