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About the team

We are an enterprise team with the US Forest Service Enterprise Program. While we are part of the USFS federal agency, we operate as a stand-alone business, fully accountable for covering all costs and with no set budget. We obtain our work by "contracting" and can work for any government agency, including other federal agencies, state, county and city governments. (We work for fire safe councils through a participating agency). Since we rely upon contracts for work and keeping ourselves employed, we work hard to please our customers!

Adam Shaw

Planning Section Lead/Environmental Coordinator
Phone: 801-975-3364

Wendy Boes

Botanist
Phone: 530-478-6886

Experience

Wendy Boes has six years experience as a Botanist, the past five spent with AMSET. She has experience with a variety of vegetation types, and has experience with non-vascular plants and fungi. She has worked both as a single source specialist and with interdisciplinary teams on various projects including range monitoring, botanical and invasive weed inventories, Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive species management, environmental impact statements, fire and fuels ecology and monitoring, invasive weeds and fuels reduction.

Areas of Expertise

  • Botany for NEPA
  • Botanical Inventories and Surveys
  • Invasive Weed Inventory and Management

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Botany, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.

Teresa Sue

Wildlife Biologist
Phone: 559-618-3061

Experience

Teresa has been a wildlife biologist since 1993. She has spent the majority of her career with the Forest Service, serving as the Assistant District Biologist on the Mendocino and Eldorado National Forests, District Biologist on the Angeles National Forest and a District Planner on the Sequoia National Forest. She was also a field biologist for two private companies, an Associate Environmental Scientist with the State of California and a staff biologist with an engineering consulting firm. Teresa has been with AMSET since 2009.

Areas of Expertise

  • Protocol-level surveys for threatened and endangered species.
  • Analysis of project impacts to wildlife species and their habitats.
  • Preparation of Biological Assessments, Biological Evaluations and Management Indicator Species reports.
  • ID team member and leader.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Sciences, California State University, Fresno.

Tim Metzger

Fire Management Specialist
Phone: 406-529-8045
Mobile: 559-920-8499

Experience

Tim has 22 years of experience working in a fire management type position. He began his career on the Wenatchee National Forest in Region 6 as a member of a BD crew and worked his way up to Engine Foreman and the last position on the Wenatchee was the Initial Attack hand crew foreman for the Chelan Ranger District. He took a job in Region 1 in 2001 as an Engine Foreman on the Kootenai National Forest and moved into the Suppression Assistant Fire Management Officer and completed a 120 day detail as the Fire Management Officer for the Cabinet Ranger District. He left Region 1 in the early spring of 2007 and took a job as the North Zone Fire Management Officer for the Salmon Challis National Forest and served in that position until February of 2010 when he was hired by Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team as a Fire Management Specialist.

Areas of Expertise

Areas of expertise include spatial landscape fire behavior hazard and risk assessments forest wide and site specific, as well as completing unusual or difficult fire behavior modeling. Fire and fuels analysis reports pre and post treatment for landscape level environmental analysis. Prepare, review, and implementation of prescribed fire burn plans. Leading, coaching and mentoring individuals in fire behavior programs such as Nexxus, Flammap, FARSITE, Behave Plus, Wildfire Assessment tool, and several others.

Certifications

I am currently a Fire Behavior Analyst and serve on the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team. I am current as an RXB1, FIRB, DIVS, ICT3.

Scott Williams

Fire Management Specialist
Phone: 760-382-7371

Experience

Scott's professional career started as a seasonal firefighter with the USDA Forest Service in 1977. He followed his brother's lead and worked as a Park Ranger with the USDI National Park Service in 1981 at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Since then Scott has served as a Park Ranger and Fuels Management Specialist with the National Park Service for twenty years, and eleven years as a District Fire Management Officer and Fire Management Specialist with the Forest Service. He works detached from the Forest Service's Washington Office at Kernville, California and primarily works in fire and fuels management planning and also currently serves as Planning Section Chief with Southern California Team 1 - a federal Incident Management Team.

  • Managed prescribed fire and wildland fire use operations for eleven years at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Instrumental in starting up the wildland fire use program at Sequoia National Forest
  • Managed about 240,000 acres of wildfire at Sequoia National Forest
  • Coordinated and instructed Smoke Management Techniques classes (RX-410) in California for sixteen years
  • Expertise includes fuels and forest health project planning and implementation; prescribed fire, wildfire management, and smoke management planning, implementation and operations

Smoke Management Experience

  • Coordinated and instructed RX-410 smoke management techniques classes for the California area for 16 years.
  • Over twenty years, as a fuels specialist and fire management officer, coordinated meeting air quality legal requirements concerning prescribed fire projects, wildfire and wilderness fire management planning and implementation.
  • Initiated the smoke monitoring program at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks during the early 1990s. Assisted with development of the smoke monitoring program at Sequoia National Forest beginning in 2003.

Smoke Management Offerings

  • Consulting and mentoring individuals and land management units in the development of smoke management programs, compliance with Clean Air Act requirements and operational implementation.
  • Analysis of forest health and prescribed fire projects, and wildfire air quality impacts.
  • Interdisciplinary Team member for air quality analysis and report preparation.

Fuels Management Experience

  • Instructed burn boss and fire effects monitoring classes since 1992.
  • Over twenty years, as a fuels specialist and fire management officer, coordinated meeting air quality legal requirements concerning prescribed fire projects, wildfire and wilderness fire management planning and implementation.
  • Fire qualifications include Planning Section Chief, Strategic Operational Planner, Prescribed Burn Boss, Prescribed Fire Manager, Division Supervisor, Incident Commander Type 3.

Fuels Management Offerings

  • Consulting and mentoring individuals and land management units about hazardous fuels analysis and mitigation planning in the wildland / urban interface, general forest or natural areas and wilderness areas.
  • Assisting land management units with fire management planning analysis and writing of Fire Management Plans.
  • Review of fire and fuels, and air quality portions of land and resource management plans.
  • Interdisciplinary Team member for fire and fuels analysis and report preparation.
  • Instruction and assistance with using the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS).

Scott Dailey

Ecologist/Science Section Lead
Phone: 530-575-7057

Experience

Scott began working for the Forest Service in 1993, with assignments related to geology, hydrology, and burned area assessment and restoration. After a leave of absence working for a geotechnical consulting firm, Scott returned to the Forest Service with Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team (AMSET) in 2001.

Scott's variety of experience with AMSET has included geomorphology and ecological mapping, BAER planning and implementation work, assessments for the NRIS database, fuel treatment data collection and assessment, wildlife habitat assessment, fire behavior research (see Fire Behavior Assessment Team), monitoring and inventory project design for fuels treatment and forestry applications, and general project management duties.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project Management
  • Field Logistics
  • Monitoring/Inventory Program Design
  • Ecological Data Analysis

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Fire Ecology

Education

  • Masters of Science, Natural Resources/Fire Ecology, University of Nevada, Reno (in progress)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geology, California State University, Sacramento

Alicia Reiner

Fire Ecologist
Phone: 530-559-4860

Experience

Ali began working in ecological monitoring and prescribed fire through internships/technician positions with Tall Timbers Research Station, The Nature Conservancey, USGS and DOD between 1999 and 2001. Ali worked as a seasonal firefighter for the BLM and USFS from 2003 to 2005. Ali joined AMSET in 2006 and detailed with the Redding Hotshots for the 2008 fire season.

Ali's work with AMSET has included collection, analysis and presentation of fuel classification, fuel treatment effectiveness, fire ecology and fire behavior data. Ali has helped to collect fuel, fire behavior and post-fire severity data with AMSET's Fire Behavior Assessment Team. Ali has also helped to collect, manage, analyze and present data from AMSET's R5 fuel treatment effects and effectiveness study since 2006. Ali developed and implemented monitoring methods to characterize masticated fuels on the San Bernardino with AMSET in 2009. From 2007 to 2011 Ali participated in masticated fuel and vegetation data collection in a mastication/burn treatment on the Red Mountain Mastication Study, a project funded by Joint Fire Science and also supported by the Sequoia National Forest. Ali led fire behavior data collection during the prescribed burn, analyzed data and produced two manuscripts for the Red Mountain project.

Areas of Expertise

Ali's areas of expertise include fuels, fire behavior and ecological monitoring/research, data analysis, and information transfer to managers and stakeholders. Ali is familiar with sampling fuels and developing fuel estimation equations based on fuel characteristics such as shrub height or masticated fuel bed depth. Ali is also familiar with investigating fuel treatment effectiveness by comparing pre and post-treatment fuel monitoring data and potential fire behavior using fire behavior applications and historic weather data. Ali also has experience in qualitative evaluation of WUI fuel treatments and has completed the 2-day 'Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone' Workshop.
Selected publications:

Reiner, A.L., Tausch, R.J., Walker, R.F. 2010. Estimation procedures for understory biomass and fuel loads in sagebrush steppe invaded by woodlands. Western North American Naturalist. 70(3):312-322.

Reiner, A.L., Vaillant, N.V., Fites-Kaufman, J., Dailey, S.N., 2009. Mastication and prescribed fire impacts on fuels in a 25-year old ponderosa pine plantation, southern Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology and Management 258(11):2365-2372.

Reiner, A.L., Vaillant, N.V., Dailey, S.D., 2011. Mastication and prescribed fire influences on tree mortality and predicted fire behavior in ponderosa pine. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 27(1):36-41.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Fire Ecology

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Master of Science, Environmental and Natural Resource Science, University of Nevada, Reno

Certifications

  • Crew Boss
  • Firing Boss

Chris Clervi

GIS Specialist
Phone: 530-414-3382

Experience

Chris started with the Forest Service in 1999 on the Los Padres National Forest. Working his way into the Forest Service from an independent contractor's role, Chris built a biological dataset which incorporated everything from amphibians, reptiles, birds, large mammals, flora and fisheries. Eventually, he was part of biological assessment teams on the Los Padres. His responsibilities expanded where he worked with Range, Geology, HFRA projects, BEAR Teams and Incident Management Teams, (essentially, everything that came thru the Resources). At the time of his departure, Chris was responsible for the NRIS Fauna dataset as well as the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act mapping for the Southern California Province.

Chris eventually took the GIS Coordinators job on the Six Rivers National Forest. A new set of roles and responsibilities arose with this job. Data structure and new GIS technologies became the focus, such as the Motor Vehicle Use Mapping project, many new Timber and Fuels Treatment projects, Regional data calls to implement into SDE, FACTS and distribution of data to all SRF users.

Chris continues to support incident Management Teams at a regional and national level. Currently, he is the GIST on California Interagency Incident Management Team 4.

Areas of Expertise

  • All ESRI GIS programs
  • SDE
  • GIS Coordinators roles
  • Fire Mapping
  • BEAR Analysis

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography, University California Santa Barbara
  • Minor, Geology, University California Santa Barbara

Chris Barrett

Data Resource Specialist
Phone: 928-556-2102
Mobile: 928-220-0469

Experience

Chris began his career with the Forest Service in 2000 on the Northern Hills Ranger District, Black Hills National Forest as an archaeologist. While on the Northern Hills RD, he was a project lead for small and large scale cultural resource reconnaissance projects. In addition to the field component, he also maintained the geospatial side of the projects by integrating GPS and GIS technologies to facilitate project tracking and assist with recording sites.

In 2002, he left the Northern Hills to attend graduate school at Northern Arizona State University. He continued to work with the Forest Service on the Coconino National Forest under a number of student programs. He specifically worked to update the Heritage Resource's GIS site and survey layers. In 2005, he graduated with a Master's of Art in Applied Archaeology and a GIS Certificate.

Upon graduation, he was converted to a full-time position into the Planning Department to assist with their GIS and data management needs in support of forest plan revision. While in the planning department, he created a variety of geospatial datasets and databases to assist with decision-making and project management. In addition, he provided forest and regional expertise in the creation of electronic project and administrative records.

  • ESRI Software: cartography, analysis, model-building
  • Microsoft Office: with an emphasis in Access
  • Adobe Creative Suite: graphic design, Web Services, both the Portal (WWW) and Intranet (FSWeb)
  • NRM: Heritage Module, TESP-IS data exchange process, Heritage Help-Desk and testing
  • Improving Heritage Resource Data: designing and managing projects that improve the spatial (GIS) and attribute (NRM) data by getting the data compliant with national standards
  • Document Management: database implementation to organize electronic project records.

Dawn Koerber

Administrative Officer
Phone: 530-478-6888

Experience

Dawn started working in fire in R3 in 1990 and then moved to R5 and worked on various fire crews on the Tahoe National Forest from 1991-1999.She has been with Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team since 1999 serving in a variety of administrative roles. Currently, she primarily provides the team with contracting, procurement, and operational support, in addition to providing various partners with acquisition management related tasks.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science- Biological Sciences from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Other classes taken since graduation include:
  • Financial Accounting I from Sierra College
  • Herpetology from UC Davis
  • Ornithology from Sierra College
  • Paralegal Certificate-California Paralegal College, Auburn, California.

Susan Sova

Program Specialist
Phone: 559-855-4481

Experience

Susan Sova began her Forest Service career on the Kings River Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest in 1990 as a clerk typist. In the fall of 2005, after over 15 years of working for the Sierra NF in a variety of administrative positions at the District and Supervisor's Office level, Susan joined the Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team. Her work currently involves pre-staffing assistance and general advice and counsel on administrative and HR-related processes.

Ongoing Work (2005-Present)

Prepares and executes pre-work for the staffing of vacant R5 Regional Office Fire and Aviation Management positions:

  • Locates or assists in developing appropriate position descriptions
  • Conducts outreach: drafts outreach notices, disseminates and posts, gathers and documents responses, and compiles outreach documentation packages for submission to R5 Civil Rights
  • Initiates and tracks recruit and fill SF-52s (requests for personnel actions)
  • Performs admin duties related to all actions requiring an SF-52, including those related to temporary appointments, temporary promotions, and details
  • Performs admin duties related to all actions requiring an SF-52, including those related to temporary appointments, temporary promotions, and details
  • Works with RS FAM administrative staff on special projects and assignments

Example of Previous Work (2007-2009)

Susan Sova began her Forest Service career on the Kings River Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest in 1990 as a clerk typist. In the fall of 2005, after over 15 years of working for the Sierra NF in a variety of administrative positions at the District and Supervisor's Office level, Susan joined the Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team. Her work currently involves pre-staffing assistance and general advice and counsel on administrative and HR-related processes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Services (including pre-staffing support)

Specialties

  • Customer Service

Pamela Pellegrini

Program Support Assistant
Phone: 559-855-8321 ext 3439

Experience

Pamela started her Forest Service career in 1986 working as administrative support on the Sierra National Forest. The following year, she began working in the Supervisor's Office in Personnel. She then spent the next eight years moving around the forest, performing a variety of administrative positions which included Resource Assistant, Administrative Liaison and Program Support Assistant. In 1996 she went back to the Supervisor's office as a Personnel/Staffing Assistant for the next ten years. This work has given her a solid HR background along with the ability to improve processes while still providing outstanding customer service. She joined the AMSET team in March of 2006 and began a career that utilizes her knowledge of Human Resources and other administrative processes to help Forest Service managers deal with the evolving administrative world.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administration Services
  • Payroll, Travel and Benefits advice and counsel
  • Outreach and Staffing assistance and guidance with Classification issues
  • Herpetology from UC Davis
  • Editorial Assistance

Certifications

  • Fire or technical qualifications: Tech Specialist

Education

  • BA, English

Tiffany Norman

Resource Information Specialist
Phone: 530-478-6229

Experience

Tiffany started off in fire on the Los Padres in 1987, 2 seasons on the Pozo Engine Crew, 3 seasons on Arroyo Grande Helitack. In 1992, Tiffany delved into the natural resource side by working as a hydro tech, first on the Gifford Pinchot NF (R6 Packwood RD), then on the Tahoe NF. During the time on the Tahoe, Tiffany started to hone her computer skills while applying them effectively for natural resources, especially in GIS, GPS and database applications. Before landing a position with AMSET in 2001, she worked at the R5 Remote Sensing Lab and in R3 Santa Fe SO as a GIS Specialist.

Areas of Expertise

  • Computer Hardware repair/upgrades/modification
  • Embedded Controller/PLC programming
  • Remote Area Weather Station Technician, Member of Region 5 RAWS Training Cadre
  • Web maintenance/programming

Certifications

  • Network+ Certification
  • A+ Certification
  • RAWS Tech Specialist

Certifications

  • Nevada County Ham Radio Club
  • California Native Plant Society

Education

  • BS, Forestry/Natural Resource Mgt., with Statistics minor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • AS, Computer Integrated Electronics, Sierra College