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BEND, OREGON – AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS), recently announced the company’s entrance into the Central Oregon market through a planned merger with Bend-based DevTech Engineering. Read more here.


TUALATIN, OREGON – AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS), recently announced the hiring of three new staff members and the promotion of Blair Carlson to Associate Member. Read more here. Read more here.


TUALATIN, OREGON – D. Gary Hutcheson has joined the AKS team. read more here. Read more here.


Nathan Dasler, PE, CFM and Pete Russo join the AKS team. Read more here.


TUALATIN, OREGON – AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS) recently announced the addition of an experienced roadway engineer. Read the full press release here.


TUALATIN, OREGON – AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS) recently announced the addition of a Public Works Project Manager. Read the full press release here.

5/8/2015 Owners of property in flood zones

Like a cruel April Fools joke, the rules changed on April 1 for owners of properties in flood zones. Rates went up and government subsidized flood insurance is being phased out. This means a significant rise in insurance rates for many property owners. Plus if you own property in Washington County, Oregon, You’ll want to keep your eye on map updates that are on the way. In some areas we have found the floodplain will expand while others will improve.Call us and we can discuss the impact to your specific property.

AKS Employee Receives ASFPM Floodplain Manager Certification

Congratulations to AKS’ Robert Rettig, PLS, CFM for receiving his ASFPM (Association of State Floodplain Managers Inc.) Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification. As Flood Elevation Surveying and Permitting Specialist for AKS, Rob works with banks, real estate professionals, and property owners to help them navigate through the requirements for flood insurance and permitting. Based on his experience in working with FEMA and with his knowledge of their requirements and processes, he is often able to help property owners find solutions that are more cost effective. His knowledge of obtaining Letters of Map Revisions (LOMR)  and Letters of Map Amendments (LOMA) through FEMA has established him as a local expert on the subject. CFM certification helps affirm that Rob and the AKS team are trusted experts when it comes to flood surveying and permitting needs.


TUALATIN, OREGON– AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS) recently announced the addition of two project managers. Read the full press release here.


TUALATIN, OREGON – Work remains steady at AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS) where the firm recently announced the addition of three key project staff members and the promotion of three existing managers to Associate Members. Read the full press release here.

AKS adds new speciality and staff to Vancouver office

Vancouver, Washington –AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS) recently announced the addition of a new service along with a strategic hire in their Vancouver, Washington office. Andrea Aberle joins the firm as a Natural Resources Specialist and will lead the office’s efforts to expand in this specialty. Andrea is supported by existing natural resources staff in AKS’ Tualatin, Oregon office. Read the full press release here.

AKS’ Ted Lambert Completes Federal Certification

Ted Lambert, PE, PLS, in AKS’ Tualatin office, recently joined a small group of professional land surveyors nationwide to become a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS). Ted is among a select group of professional land surveyors to participate in the Federal program called CFedS, for Certified Federal Surveyor.

The CFedS program, which has been approved by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, was designed specifically to enhance the level of knowledge and expertise in the professional land surveying community for survey work performed on federal lands and especially on Indian trust lands. To earn the CFedS designation, professional land surveyors must complete approximately 120 hours of course materials prepared by the Bureau of Land Management Cadastral Survey, and pass the certification examination. To maintain the certification, a CFedS must complete 6 credits of continuing education bi-annually.

The CFedS program is a certification program designed to provide registered/licensed land surveyors and pre-registered/pre-licensed land surveyors with training necessary to execute boundary surveys on or near federal interest lands, to basic federal standards. Individuals, Tribes, the BIA, and other agencies will be encouraged to select surveyors from the CFedS Roster when contracting for cadastral services on or adjacent to Federal lands including Indian Country.

5/11/15 AKS Salem-Keizer hires accomplished landscape architect

KEIZER, OREGON –AKS Engineering & Forestry Salem-Keizer, LLC recently announced the addition of Andrew Leisinger, RLA to the AKS team. He will be working out of the Salem-Keizer office.

Andrew Leisinger brings over 40 years of landscape architecture experience to the AKS team. More than three quarters of those years were spent managing his own private practice in Salem. Through his private practice, Leisinger provided landscape design services for an extensive amount of public work projects including parks, schools, military, municipal buildings and residential projects. Prior to his private practice work, Leisinger served as a landscape architect for City of Salem Parks Department for ten years. His experience includes designing parks, public meetings, site master planning, irrigation, landscape, grading/drainage plans, specifications, construction details and contract administration/inspections and coordination. His other previous work included serving as a landscape architect for Buckinghamshire Planning and Architects Department in Aylesbury, England and serving as an assistant park planner for San Joaquin County Parks in Stockton, California.

Leisinger will serve as the landscape architect lead for the AKS Salem-Keizer office. In addition to managing
large-scale landscape architecture projects, similar to those from his previous experience, Leisinger will provide his expertise on team projects that require the use of professionals in multiple disciplines. Leisinger has a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a major in Landscape Architecture from Oregon State University. Leisinger was a member of the Oregon Board of Landscape Architects for 11 years and served as chairman of the board for a year. He is also certified nationally as a CLARB Certified Landscape Architect.

Read full press release here.

Some Events Coming Up in 2015 at AKS

We’ve been planning our event calendar for the year and we’ve picked some dates you will want to remember. Mark your calendar:

Crawfish Brew & BBQ  -  6/19/2015

Tailgater at OSU vs Colorado  -  10/24/2015

Tailgater at OSU vs  Washington  -  11/21/2015

12/27/14 AKS expands with acquisition in Salem

AKS recently announced the expansion and acquisition of the staff and projects of Keizer-based Peterson Engineering Consultants. This doubles the size of our Salem office and further strengthens AKS’ portfolio of municipal clientele. The deal was inked on December 27, 2014 and the current AKS staff is scheduled to move into the Peterson Engineering building January 29, 2015. Click here for the full press release.

3/5/15  New Tree Code in the city limits of Portland

If you own property in the city limits of Portland you should be aware of the new tree code that is now in effect. Under the Title 11 Tree Code, developers of sizable projects in Portland must preserve a certain number of trees during construction or pay a fee. The City is hoping that the code will encourage the preservation of more trees during construction.  The rules require a tree plan for projects that will disturb 5,000 square feet or more of ground in the process of construction. In addition, all trees with trunks that are 12 inches in diameter or larger must be accounted for on the site and at least one-third of them must be preserved. Fortunately, AKS has been developing tree plans and helping developers meet these types of requirements for many years. Give us a call and we can talk about the impacts to your property.

AKS and the City of Wilsonville

AKS and the City of Wilsonville were awarded Project of the Year by the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association for their work on the Morey’s Landing Stormwater Outfall project. The award was given in the Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair category. The award was presented at the APWA Fall conference in Pendleton on October 16, 2014. Project Manager Alex Hurley attended to accept the award along with Nancy Kraushaar of the City of Wilsonville.

AKS adds Natural Resources and additional Planning staff

November 2014 – AKS announced the two strategic hires that will support continued growth in the market. Stacey Reed joined the firm as a Natural Resources Specialist and will lead the firm’s Natural Resources division. Mimi Doukas was hired as a Planning Project Manager and will continue to build the firm’s planning capabilities. Read the full press release here.

AKS hires two new staff in Vancouver

AKS recently announced the hiring of two new project engineers in the Vancouver office. Blair Carlson will serve as a Project Engineer/Manager and is leading the development of a new hydrographic surveying group for AKS. Devin Jackson will serve as a Project Engineer and is slated to grow the public sector work of the company in Washington. To read the full press release, click here.

Arbor Day Tree Planting 2014  

AKS staff joined with City of Sherwood staff to plant 40 trees near a trail entrance to Stella Olson Park in April. We provided tree planting instructions to everyone and helped a pack of Boy Scouts plant the trees in the rain. Check out Facebook page for photos of our crew.


AKS 3D laser scanning

AKS recently presented our 3D laser scanning capabilities to LRS Architects at a lunch and learn. John Christiansen, our resident 3D laser scanning expert, provided an overview of what this incredible technology can do, how we’ve been using it for clients, and demonstrated how this technology can be integrated in Revit and BIUM technology. The data generated can save a design team a considerable amount of time. If you would like this presentation delivered to your staff, give John a call to set up a time.


AKS OSU tailgating season

AKS wrapped up our tailgating season at OSU Beaver games on October 30th. We ended the year with a bang with record attendance at this final tailgater with 250 people. For those of you who were able to join us, thanks for joining us. We look forward to these events and the chance to visit with our clients and friends.


10/16/2013 Vancouver Office Open House

Come visit! - 4:00 - 7:00 PM


9/28/2013 OSU vs Colorado tailgater

Begins at 9 AM; kick-off is 12 noon


6/21/2013 Check out Pictures from the AKS Crawfish, Brew & BBQ

You can find them on our facebook page!


8/27/2012 Our Vancouver office move to new space

Click here for details for details!


4/19/2012 Tree Planting with City of Sherwood

SHERWOOD, OR - AKS sponsored the 2013 tree planting held by the City of Sherwood this year. Over 100 trees and shrubs were donated by Clean Water Services for the event. Over 40 people were on hand to plant including a local boy scout troop. This year's planting, in honor of Arbor Day, was held in a swale near the Richen Park subdivision off Sunset Boulevard, which was originally designed by AKS.

3/4/2012 Salem office grows into new space

SALEM, OR - AKS's Salem office has been growing - both in workload and in staff. As of March 4, 2013, our team moved in to a larger space in the same building. We are now located on the first floor in Suite 160. Our address is now:
528 Cottage Street NE
Suite 160
Salem, OR 97301

If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello!


9/22/2011 AKS Opens Salem Office

SALEM, OR - AKS Engineering & Forestry is pleased to announce the hiring of J. Michael Poissant, PE, and the opening of our new Salem office. Michael will serve as a Project Manager and manage the Salem operations that is slated to open October 1, 2011. "I'm looking forward to offering my clients all the capabilities of AKS," he remarked.

Michael comes to AKS with over 15 years experience and after working independently for the last several years. He brings a background in both private development and public projects having worked on nearly every major project in the Salem area. He earned his bachelors degree from Oregon State University and is a registered engineer in five western states, including Oregon.

Michael can be contacted at 503.400.6028 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


6/2/2011 Annual AKS Crawfish, Brew & BBQ

Join us for a fun time with family and friends as we enjoy a good old fashioned New Orleans style crawfish boil and barbeque. We'll be serving up crawfish straight from the Gulf Coast with all the fixin's, commercial and home brews, and some tasty barbeque. Bring the family and/or your co-workers and join us for an evening of fun! Download a pdf of the event flyer here.



Thursday, June 2, 2011, 4 - 8 PM


AKS Engineering & Forestry 13910 SW Galbreath Drive, Suite 100 Sherwood, OR 

RSVP by 5/25:



4/1/2011 AKS celebrates Arbor Day

SHERWOOD, OR - Happy Arbor Day!! In honor of our forestry and arborist professionals, AKS celebrated Arbor Day by participating in a tree planting sponsored by the City of Sherwood and SOLV. A team of AKS employees grabbed their shovels and joined the Mayor of Sherwood, neighbors, and community volunteers to plant 25 trees. For more information on how you can get involved in celebrating Arbor Day next year visit the National Arbor Day Foundation.


3/28/2011 DJC Top Projects

PORTLAND, OR - AKS will be celebrating the years' top projects with the area's finest companies. Three AKS projects were named to the Daily Journal of Commerce's Top Projects for 2011: Oregon State University McAlexander Fieldhouse renovation, Roberts Field (Redmond Airport), and the City of Newberg Wastewater Treatment Plant. Click here for the full list of projects.


1/26/2011 AKS responds!

AKS responded to emergency repair of Lolo Pass Road on Mount Hood Click here for details