Surveyor's Blog

New Website!

Welcome to our new and improved website! We did a visual overhaul, and also added some features that weren’t there before. You can now request a quote if you’re interested in our services but want some more information about process and pricing. Also, check out our newly formatted section on Tools & Methodology and read

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Driving with John

John Olmsted’s ashes, reposing in an elegant native basket, were in the passenger seat beside me as I left the California Survey Co. office this afternoon. It was snowing like crazy. I have been channeling John since he died, but the proximity of his mortal remains, and the howling blizzard really started him talking. He

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John O.

My friend, John Olmsted, died this morning. He has been diminishing since Autumn, his cancer spreading into his organs and pain invading his body. He is, at last at peace. I will always remember John as he was when we hiked up Mount Lola a couple of years ago, a strong, tireless walker working up

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Who owns public resources?

Our recent disagreements with the County Recorder bring up more questions about public resources in general and who controls them.  I suppose that when we elect a representative, we charge them with ensuring our safety and protecting our rights, and in an era of economic uncertainty and fear, it is no wonder that new laws

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A bird in the hand

This is a fledgling we found on a restoration project last spring. We all have to start somewhere.

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The tyranny of fear

Along with several other surveyors, I attended a meeting last Friday with our County Recorder, Greg Diaz, and a representative from County Council.  We surveyors were upset over the recent decision to remove record maps from the County Department of Transportation website, but Mr. Diaz believes that the California Code, Sections 6254.21 & 6254.24 prohibit

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Nevada County going backwards

For several months now, we have not been able to access the formerly great Nevada County Dept. of Transportation website which held all of the record maps that had been scanned and indexed pursuant to a grant that our former County Surveyor, John Steger, procured several years ago.  In an effort to reduce traffic to

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Every year something dies

The first hard rains of another winter and I am driven back indoors to warmth and my own thoughts. This season has been so beautiful.  The rich growth of this bountiful world so abundant.  I am more and more grateful for the days that bring me into the fields, folds and forests of our magnificent

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observation and design

Yesterday, during a meeting, an Empire Mine State Park ranger spoke about improving the accessibility of their facility, and how she followed the wheelchair tracks where they diverged from the planned grades to discover the best routes. This was design by observation, the best kind of design. Consensual knowledge is usually better than any single

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Permaculture Booth

I’ll be giving away yarrow plants at the Coldwell Banker Earth fair next Saturday (June fifth).  They have asked me to put up a permaculture booth, and I’m going to bring down some “weeds” that I have potted up: Yarrow and Bergamot and Mullen, to help people gain a new perspective of common beneficial plants

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