PRC – Dedicated Professional Mitigation Paleontologists
PaleoResource Consultants’ parent company, F & F GeoResource Associates, Inc. (F & F), was first incorporated in 1982 in the State of Washington by the principals Dr. Lanny H. Fisk, PhD, and Dr. William J. Fritz, PhD. When Dr. Fisk moved to Bend in 1987, F & F was re-incorporated in Oregon, and when Dr. Fisk moved to the Sacramento area in 1999, F & F was re-incorporated in California, and PaleoResource Consultants (PRC) was formally registered as a “dba” (doing business as).
PRC employees are dedicated professional mitigation paleontologists with over 75 years of combined experience doing professional paleontological resource impact assessments and monitoring and mitigation programs on large earth-moving projects. This year – 2018 – marks our 36th year in business. We understand state and federal environmental laws and regulations pertaining to paleontological resources and have prepared paleontological resource impact assessments and paleontological resource monitoring and mitigation plans for more than 150 large earth-moving projects. We understand acceptable methods of paleontological resource impact assessment and professional standards for the mitigation of impacts on paleontological resources. We understand the relationship between geology, stratigraphy, and paleontological resources. In addition to being professional paleontologists, we are licensed/registered professional geologists. Our main office is located in Auburn, California, where we have six employees. In the next year we plan to open new offices in both San Francisco and Chico and hire six additional employees to staff those offices. Current projects include paleontological resource impact assessments/surveys and mitigation monitoring of excavations for highways, bridges, railroads, dams, power plants, electrical transmission lines, pipelines, landfills, mines, and housing developments.
We are not professional paleontologists involved part time in mitigation. Rather, we are full-time professional mitigation paleontologist. There is a difference!
At PaleoResorce Consultants, we offer a full-range of paleontological services to provide our clients with professional advice and solutions to help meet the increasing requirements for the protection of paleontological resources nationwide.
- Paleontological field surveys and impact assessments prior to development
- Paleontological monitoring of large construction projects
-Salvage collection of invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossils, including microinvertebrate fossils and microfossils (e.g., pollen, spores, and diatoms)
-Indentification and analysis of specimen significance
Dr. Fisk holds the equivalent of PhD degrees in both Biology and Geology, both with emphasis in paleontology. He is a registered professional geologist in both California and Oregon. Dr. Fisk has extensive experience in the successful preparation of CEQA and NEPA environmental documents for such federal agencies as the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Air Force, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and National Park Service,; such state agencies as the California Department of Transportation, California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and California State Parks Department; and for numerous county and local government agencies. He has prepared paleontological resource impact assessments and surveys for more than 100 individual projects, including pipelines, power plants, highways, tunnels, dams, mines, housing developments, and landfills. Dr. Fisk is experienced in pre-construction survey techniques for subsurface paleontological resources, is knowledgeable of the paleontological resources of California, has experience in the use of geotechnical reports in environmental documents, has extensive experience monitoring and supervising monitoring of construction projects, and has knowledge and experience in the successful coordination and consultation with state and federal resource agencies to resolve environmental concerns regarding paleontological resources. He has demonstrated abilities to meet tight schedules and stay within budgets.
Ms. Campbell has a bachelor's degree in geology with emphasis in paleontology and coursework and extensive experience in field geology. She has previously served as the lead field paleontologist for numerous paleontological monitoring and mitigation programs. In addition to extensive experience monitoring construction projects, Ms. Campbell is also experienced in pre-construction survey techniques for subsurface paleontological resources and in the preparation and identification of vertebrate fossils.
Mr. Peck has a bachelor's degree in biology with emphasis in paleontology and coursework and extensive experience in field geology. He has previously served as the lead field paleontologist for numerous paleontological monitoring and mitigation programs. In addition to extensive experience monitoring construction projects, Mr. Peck is also experienced in pre-construction survey techniques for subsurface paleontological resources and in the preparation and identification of plant fossils.
Mr. Maloney holds a master's degree in geology and has extensive experience in field geology and paleontology. He has previously served as the lead field paleontologist for numerous paleontological monitoring and mitigation programs. In addition to extensive experience monitoring construction projects, Mr. Maloney is also experienced in pre-construction survey techniques for subsurface paleontological resources, in the preparation and identification of fossils, and in the use of geotechnical reports in environmental documents.
Caltrans SR-101 Gaviota Curve Realignment
The Gaviota Curve Correction Project involved the realignment of Highway 101 near Gaviota State Park in Santa Barbara County, California. The realignment entailed excavation of a new cut slope roughly parallel to the existing roadway, resulting in the realignment of the highway to the east.
This Project entails the construction of a new 43-floor residential and museum structure with three basement levels. The lower four above-ground floors will house The Mexican Museum, which is currently located at Fort Mason. The new tower structure will be connected to the existing historic Aronson Building, which will be renovated.
Candlestick Point Project
The Project consisted of construction of a new five-story modular building intended as artist studio space located in the City and County of San Francisco. The planned Project involved the demolition of an existing Building 110 and its replacement with the new structure. The planned development also includes the construction of a 20,000 square feet dual-use plaza and parking lot, the realignment of Robinson Avenue, and, eventually, the relocation of Fischer Street and associated earthwork and utility installation. Earth disturbance activities associated with the Project included excavation of native sediment and overlying artificial fill.
The Caldecott 4th Bore Project involved excavations to construct a new four-lane freeway alignment of tunnel along SR-24 between the Cities of Orinda and Oakland, both in Contra Costa County. As a result of implementing the PMP during earth moving for the Project, numerous fossil specimens were salvaged and fossiliferous sediment samples were collected. These fossil specimens were salvaged as a result of either processing of fossiliferous sediment samples or from visually monitoring excavations.
East Cliff Bluff
The Project involved the installation of two new seawalls and construction of auxiliary structures, such as new and replacement stairs for beach access, along East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Sedimentary strata exposed in the sea cliffs at the project site belong to the late Miocene to early Pliocene Purisima Formation (late Miocene within the project area) and the coarse sands and gravels of the Pleistocene marine terrace deposits. Both units produced abundant scientifically important invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossils.
Nevada Test and Training Range
This NTTR project was to support the withdrawal of adjacent public lands that are managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for incorporation into NTTR to provide additional space for long-term testing and training and other national defense activities.
The purpose of the project was to improve safety of a section of SR 1 by widening existing shoulders and installing guardrails at steep slopes. The secondary purpose of the project was to upgrade the drainage system within the project limits to improve storm water management and reduce future erosion that could compromise the roadway.
CA High Speed Train
PRC was retained to determine paleo resource impact assessment extending from the City of Fresno to the City of Bakersfield within Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties, California. The Fresno to Bakersfield Section was approximately 124 miles long, and crosses both urban and rural lands.
The Project involved the excavation of sediments from the Project site to use as cover for waste and, in the process, creating the landfill to accommodate the disposal and storage of waste. Other Project activities included the mining of clay for use in th landfill and the construction of roads and drainage diversions.