Jules L. Riley
Lauren J. Payne
Meet Our Team Members
Jules Riley, Executive Officer, Programmer & Hydrologist
20+ years experience with the Forest Service working as a Programmer/Analyst
and Hydrologist. Programming experience with Microsoft, Oracle and ESRI software
components including SQL PL/SQL, SQLPLUS, Oracle Developer, Oracle Designed, SQL
Server, Access, Visual Basic, Visual Studio .Net, Python, ArcGIS, Crystal
Reports. Experience with watershed restoration, cumulative watershed
effects analysis, stream, water quality and soil monitoring, watershed condition
assessments, NEPA, interdisplinary team process. Education includes B.S. in
Hydrology from Colorado State University and GIS Certificate from California
State University, Chico.
What I can offer:
Database modeling and application development for client/server, web, and
mobile applications using Microsoft, Oracle and ESRI software components including SQL PL/SQL, SQLPLUS, Oracle
Developer, Oracle Designed, SQL Server, Access, Visual Studio .Net, VBA, Python,
ArcGIS, Crystal Reports.
Lauren Payne, Executive Officer & Silviculturist
Twenty four years with the Forest Service, including seven
years as a District Silviculturist. Experience in inventory sample design,
stand exams and vegetation analysis using GIS and remote sensing data.
Develop Silvicultural prescriptions and marking guidelines for multiple forest
health, wildlife habitat, and fuels objectives. Advanced FVS/FFE modeling of
vegetation and fuels/fire behavior projections under varied management
scenarios. Eight years experience managing a large reforestation / TSI
program. Fifteen years experience developing and administering service
contracts; qualified COR level III. Six seasons experience in fire suppression.
Education includes a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from California
State University, Humboldt, graduate work in hydrology and completion of the
Pacific Southwest Region's Natural Resource Institute resulting in
What I can offer:
Silvicultural analysis of forest conditions, stand dynamics and forest
change projections using stand data, remote sensing data, GIS and FVS/FFE
modeling. Silvicultural prescriptions and implementation guidelines to meet
complex and diverse management objectives. Project-level fire risk
assessment using ArcFuels. Service contract development and administration.
Anna E. "Betsy" Hammet
Skills and Expertise
- NEPA specialist and interdisciplinary team leader
- Writer / Editor
- Level III Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)
Education and Experience
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology with a minor in botany. I began
my Forest Service career in 1977 and have been a firefighter, timber cruiser,
stand examiner, reforestation specialist, Level III COR and botanist.
I have led interdisciplinary teams in the preparation of environmental impact
statements, environmental assessments (including those under the Healthy
Forests Restoration Act), categorical exclusions for small projects, and
My varied natural resources experience facilitates successful
integration of multiple resource needs and objectives in project- and
Trish Johnson, Wildlife Biologist
Areas of Expertise
- Biological Evaluations and Assessments
- Environmental Assessments
- Management Indicator Reports
- Monitoring Reports
- Biological contributions to Environmental Impact Statements
I have 18 years of experience working for the US Forest Service as a Wildlife
Biologist with 12 years in Region 5 and 6 ½ years in Region 8. I have conducted
formal and informal consultation the US Fish & Wildlife Service. I have a high
degree of familiarity with NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, NFMA, and the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act. I have the experience necessary to conduct protocol
surveys for multiple Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive species, as
well as project field review and pre-implementation surveys. My Region 5
experience includes: species associated with the Northwest Forest Plan including
northern spotted owls, species designated as Survey and Manage, as well
as local endemics. I have also worked in the Sierra Nevada forests with
California spotted owls, fisher, and marten. I have multiple years of
experience conducting surveys for species such as northern goshawks, bald
eagles, spotted owls, forest carnivores (track plate and remote camera), and
neotropical migratory birds (mist-netting and point count surveys).
My Region 8 experience includes: 6 ½ years of experience as a district
biologist working with red-cockaded woodpeckers, banding nestlings (USFWS
handling and banding permit), tree climbing (certified Region 8 tree
climber), presence/absence and nesting status surveys. I have also conducted
herpetological surveys targeting Louisiana pine snakes using box traps.
Rhonda Hammer, IT Specialist / Database Administration
I have an AA in Business Administration and 24+ years experience
with the US Forest Service. I provides services in database support and
application development, data migration, web page development, and database user
support including training sessions.
What I can offer:
I provide database administration and customer support for the Forest
Activities Tracking (FACTS) application for silviculture, timber, fire, invasive
species, and spatial analysis (GIS). I also provide application support to
Common Stand Exam (CSE), NRIS FSVEG, Wildlife & TES
Plants, field data recorders, oracle applications, and Microsoft Access
applications. Database support includes data analysis for reporting,
troubleshooting, queries, training sessions, generating maps, and end-user
helpdesk assistance. I also provide expertise in web page design and
Cedra Hill, GIS Specialist
Areas of Expertise:
- NEPA mapping
- GIS data analysis
- Watershed Analysis mapping
- Database analysis, migration, and management
- MS Access and MS Excel
- Automated Lands Program
With a strong background in science, I use GIS to provide in-depth spatial
data analysis and mapping for a wide range of projects and resource
specializations. Seven years of experience with the Forest Service has
enhanced my knowledge of cartographic techniques, NEPA, database management,
data migration, and resource specialist needs.
Interest in environmental science and biology led me into the data management
of fisheries studies on the Oregon Coast for four years. These studies also
provided experience in land ownership research and analysis, which I continued
with the Forest Service Automated Lands Program data migration, working
extensively with both the spatial and tabular data of ALP. I developed
experience with Oracle and MS Access, and have transferred some of that
knowledge to projects such as Oracle forms and database migration and NRIS
Providing to diverse resource specialists the in-depth data analysis
and high quality mapping products has lent itself to a wide resource base,
quality of experience, and diversity of skills that I can provide.
What I can offer:
Mapping in ArcGIS, database analysis with SQL, MS Access database management,
analysis and stewardship of land ownership status and use restriction
Christine West, Botanist & GIS Specialist
Areas of Expertise
- Botanical research (analysis, monitoring, restoration)
- Rare plant and invasive weed field surveys
- Biological Assessments and Evaluations (NEPA)
- Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis and Cartography
- Vegetation Mapping and Classification
I have worked for the Forest Service since 2002 as a botanist and general
biologist. Much of my work has focused on northern California Forests
(Shasta-Trinity, Tahoe, Lassen, Plumas, Six Rivers, and Mendocino) however I
have also worked on several projects in southern California, Arizona, Colorado,
Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska and Texas.
Most recently my experience has been centered on rare plant research and
surveys, noxious weed inventories and treatments, NEPA documentation, GIS
mapping and analysis, and database management (NRIS, FSVeg, MS Access).
Prior to joining the Forest Service I spent 8 years working as an interpretive
naturalist for various science schools throughout the western United States.
My education includes a B.S. in Natural Resources and an M.S. in
Forestry and Wildland Resources from California State University, Humboldt.
My master’s research compared high spatial resolution images and mapping
software to classify vegetation at the alliance scale.
Professional Memberships include: CNPS, Ecological Society of America, and
the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing. Publications include:
Shiels A. B., C. A. West, L. Weiss, P. D. Klawinski, and L. R. Walker. 2008.
Soil factors predict initial plant colonization on Puerto Rican landslides.
Plant Ecology 195: 165-178. Certifications include: wetland delineation (Wetland Training
Fire Management Specialist
Areas of Expertise
- Fuels management planning, implementation and monitoring
- Fire management planning and assessment
- Specialist and team leader roles in project planning (NEPA)
- Fire behavior/risk analysis and interpretation
- Program reviews and facilitated learning analysis
- Technical knowledge transfer related to fire management activities
I have served in various roles within fire management with experience on
engines, crews and aviation resources beginning in the mid-90s. My past
experience includes positions with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land
Management in Montana, Washington and California including fire management
experience throughout the western and southern states.
A significant portion of my career has been given to fuels management and
the use of fire on the landscape. A prominent part being prescribed fire,
management of wildland fire for resource benefit and training/educating others in
the application of fire in ecosystems. This experience is centered on planning,
developing implementation strategies and project execution as well as fire
behavior modeling and interpretation.
My education includes a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Botany and
minors in Mathematics and Chemistry from Eastern Washington University.
Qualifications and memberships include: Association for Fire Ecology member,
California Fuels Committee member-at-large, Type 1 Prescribed Fire
Burn Boss (RXB1), Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS), Type 3 Incident
Commander (ICT3), and Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN) amongst others.
Beth Stewart, Project Leader/Forester
Areas of Expertise
- Stand exam design and data collection methods
- Silviculture resource report writing and analysis (NEPA)
- Prescription writing and silviculture resources management recommendations
- Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and Cartography
- Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)
- Contract Preparation
I have worked for the Forest Service on a permanent basis since 2003 as a
forester with expertise and extensive training in silviculture. Much of my
work has focused on northern California Forests, specifically on the Plumas
National Forest. Prior to this, I worked seasonally for the Forest Service
on the Gila National Forest in Silver City, New Mexico and also for the
National Park Service in Glacier National Park in Montana.
Most recently my experience has been centered on management recommendations
related to the forest resource, NEPA documentation, GIS mapping and analysis,
and database management (NRIS, FSVeg, MS Access) and contract preparation and
administration. I am actively engaged in learning the latest science and
strive to incorporate this into projects that I work on.
My education includes a B.S. in Natural Resource Sciences with
concentration in forestry from Washington State University in Pullman,
WA. I have completed Master’s program work through the Utah State University
in the Continuing Education in Ecosystem Management Program.