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  • Lisa Capper Retiring from HELIX

    Lisa Capper Retiring from HELIX

    Celebrating a Remarkable Career!   We are celebrating Lisa Capper, Principal Planner, whose contributions to HELIX Environmental Planning over the past 29 years have been integral to the firm’s ongoing success. Lisa will be officially retiring from HELIX on September 9, 2022.   In addition to managing CEQA compliance for some of the San Diego region’s most complex and controversial projects, Lisa held a number of key leadership positions at …
  • Diana Dyste Joins HELIX as Cultural Resources Discipline Leader

    Diana Dyste Joins HELIX as Cultural Resources Discipline Leader

    We’re  thrilled to announce the addition of Diana Dyste as HELIX’s Statewide Cultural Discipline Leader!   Diana is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and Principal Investigator with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Professional Qualifications for archaeology. She has 22 years of experience in California archaeology, ethnography, and Native American support services.   Diana has extensive experience implementing permit requirements for National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 and CEQA/NEPA, Archaeological …
  • Memorial to Dr. Roy Buck in CNPS Artemisia

    Memorial to Dr. Roy Buck in CNPS Artemisia

    Dr. Roy Buck, one of California’s leading botanists, passed away on January 9, 2019, at the age of 66.   Dr. Gretchen Flohr, HELIX Biology Group Manager/Principal Biologist and colleagues authored a memorial to Dr. Buck in the most recent issue of the California Native Plant Society scientific journal, Artemisia (Volume 49, No. 1, June 2022).   Gretchen and Dr. Buck were close friends and colleagues for over 25 years. …
  • Sue Meyer Joins HELIX as Biology Group Manager

    Sue Meyer Joins HELIX as Biology Group Manager

    We’re excited to announce addition of Sue Meyer as a Biology Group Manager for our San Diego County team!   Sue has 20 years of experience advising and consulting with public and private sector clients on environmental clearance, regulatory permitting, mitigation, and compliance for complex infrastructure and development projects. Licensed to practice law in the state of California, Sue worked at Nossaman for over 15 years where she provided legal …
  • Lesley Owning Promoted to Planning Group Manager

    Lesley Owning Promoted to Planning Group Manager

    We’re excited to announce the promotion of Lesley Owning to Environmental Planning Group Manager for our Northern California region!   In this expanded role, Lesley now leads the environmental planning efforts and environmental planning teams in our Placer County (Roseville) and Sacramento County (Folsom) offices overseeing the planning phases for site development, natural resource management, and land use planning projects, including documentation and compliance pursuant to CEQA and NEPA. Lesley …
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    Clean California Local Grant Program Announced

    The Clean California Local Grant Program, funded by $296 million dollars through Governor Newsom’s Clean California initiative, was announced December 1, 2021. Applications are due by February 1, 2022 and HELIX can assist you in pursuing this revenue stream for your projects.   About the Clean California Local Grant Program  The Clean California Local Grant Program (CCLGP) is a competitive grant program intended to beautify and clean up local streets and …
  • HELIX Sponsors Diversity in the Environmental Profession AEP Student Scholarship

    HELIX Sponsors Diversity in the Environmental Profession AEP Student Scholarship

    To help promote and encourage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices within the environmental profession, HELIX is sponsoring the Diversity in the Environmental Profession Student Scholarship, provided through the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP).   The focus of this scholarship is high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing an education in environmentally related topics. Each scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 and a …
  • HELIX Opens Los Angeles Office in Pasadena

    HELIX Opens Los Angeles Office in Pasadena

    HELIX Environmental Planning (HELIX) has opened a new office in the City of Pasadena located at 135 W. Green Street, Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91105.   The new location is HELIX’s seventh office within California, allowing HELIX to better serve existing and future clients within Los Angeles County and the surrounding areas.   “As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, I’m thrilled to be opening an office in Pasadena,” said Mike …
  • HELIX Named 2021 Best Firms to Work For by ZweigGroup

    HELIX Named 2021 Best Firms to Work For by ZweigGroup

    HELIX Environmental Planning has been named as one of the 2021 Best Firms to Work For by ZweigGroup.   Placing third in the environmental category for firms across the U.S. and Canada, HELIX is recognized for the ability to inspire teams to perform at their highest levels and create an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission …
  • 320-Acre Carrizo Marsh Restoration Successfully Completed

    320-Acre Carrizo Marsh Restoration Successfully Completed

    Accepted by the 5 Involved Agencies, Turning Over to California State Parks for Long-term Management   In 2010, Pattern Energy began partnering with HELIX Environmental Planning to provide habitat restoration planning services for the approximately 320-acre Carrizo Marsh in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The project is serving as off-site restoration to meet compensatory mitigation requirements for the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility project’s impacts to Peninsular bighorn sheep habitat, waters …
  • Two Park Program Grants Announced for Regional Parks and Rural Recreation & Tourism

    Two Park Program Grants Announced for Regional Parks and Rural Recreation & Tourism

    Two new park grant funding programs were recently announced – the Regional Park Program (RPP) and the Rural Recreation & Tourism Program (RRTP), both funded by Proposition 68. HELIX can assist you in pursuing this revenue stream for your park and recreation projects. Each program has $23,125,000 in grant funds available.   About the Regional Park Program (RPP) The RPP is intended to create, expand, and renovate regional parks. You …
  • Tammy Ching Retires, New Leadership Announced for Planning Division

    Tammy Ching Retires, New Leadership Announced for Planning Division

    Celebrating a Remarkable Career! This month we celebrate Tammy Ching, HELIX Planning Division Manager, as she begins her long-awaited and well-deserved retirement after 28 remarkable years with us! Serving as an instrumental leader in growth of the firm from five employees to today’s staff of 200, Tammy leaves an enduring legacy having mentored so many along the way and grooming our future leaders. Her passion, professionalism, expertise, integrity, and dedication …
  • ASLA Sierra Chapter Recognizes HELIX Landscape Architect with President’s Award

    ASLA Sierra Chapter Recognizes HELIX Landscape Architect with President’s Award

    HELIX landscape architect, Jessamyn Lett, from the firm’s Sacramento County office in Folsom, was presented with the 2020 President’s Award by the Sierra Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at their annual Design Awards Gala event held November 12, 2020. The award recognizes exemplary service to the Chapter and outstanding efforts to promote the profession through fellowship, advocacy, communication, and education. Ms. Lett is currently serving her …
  • Placer County Approves Conservation Plan

    Placer County Approves Conservation Plan

    The Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Placer County Conservation Program (PCCP) on September 1, 2020. Approvals from other participating entities in the PCCP including the City of Lincoln, the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority, and the Placer County Water Agency are forthcoming in 2020. The PCCP joins a growing list of other recently adopted Habitat Conservation Plans/Natural Community Conservation Plans (HCPs/NCCPs) including the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation …
  • Round Four of Statewide Park Program Grants Announced

    Round Four of Statewide Park Program Grants Announced

    Round four of the Statewide Park Program (SPP), funded by Prop 68, was recently announced and HELIX can assist you in pursuing this revenue stream for your projects. The SPP grant is intended to create new parks and new recreation opportunities in critically underserved communities across California. There is $395.3 million of funding for round four, which is approximately 1.5 times as much as what was awarded in round three. …
  • Catherine Silvester Promoted to Planning Group Manager

    Catherine Silvester Promoted to Planning Group Manager

    We are excited to announce the promotion of Catherine Silvester to Environmental Planning Group Manager for our Northern California region!   In this expanded role, Catherine now leads the environmental planning efforts and environmental planning teams in our Placer County (Roseville) and Sacramento County (Folsom) offices overseeing the planning phases for site development, natural resource management, and land use planning projects, including documentation and compliance pursuant to CEQA and NEPA. …
  • Promotion of Pat Britton to Regional Manager

    Promotion of Pat Britton to Regional Manager

    We’re excited to announce the promotion of Pat Britton to Regional Manager!   In this expanded role, Pat will spearhead HELIX’s continued growth in Northern California, increasing the depth and breadth of services we provide to our clients and teaming partners in that region. Pat will lead our Sacramento County (Folsom) and Placer County (Roseville) office teams for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, …

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