Sitka Technology Group


January 31, 2017

Warm Sun, Friendly People, and Some Interesting Critters

While the rest of Portland was figuring out how to survive a couple of inches of snow, I flew across the continent and then took a short hop over to Cuba! Officially, it was for educational and journalistic activities. Since protecting and exploring the world is important to me, I jumped at the opportunity to visit Cuba with a friend from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Our primary goal was to experience the Cuban culture and its natural environment. More

January 18, 2017

Happy to be Dealt into ACES 2016

Lucky for me, it wasn’t a high stakes hold ‘em tournament but rather an inspiring gathering of folks trying to fundamentally change the way we do conservation. A Community for Ecosystem Services (ACES) is a conference that happens every two years. More

January 10, 2017

Science at Sitka: A Look into My PhD Research

I started working as a developer at Sitka in September. In October, I took a few days of vacation to relax by the beach. Just kidding, I actually took a few days off to defend my PhD at Yale University. Just before the New Year, I printed and mailed my final dissertation, capping off six years of dedicated research. More

December 16, 2016

Spreading Cheer for the Holidays

Wednesday’s snowstorm hit Portland just as we were unloading our supplies at Cityteam Ministries. While we were peeling potatoes, stirring the roux, cleaning lettuce, and slicing the ham, the snow continued to pile up outside. Due to the freezing temperatures, the area homeless had been welcomed indoors before dinner to help them stay warm. We served our first meal at 5:15 and our last at 6. More than 150 people were served that night, and we hope they enjoyed it. More

December 13, 2016

Our Sitka FlightPath Program with Columbia Land Trust Gets Some Great Coverage in Saving Land Magazine

In the article, High-Tech Way to See a Swamp, Ian Sinks from Columbia Land Trust shared, “It’s clear that digital terrain models from UAV flights offer an efficient and reasonably accurate way to monitor and measure changes on our lands. It’s a brave new world for land stewardship professionals, where today’s rapidly evolving technologies are helping restore natural habitats of the presettlement past.” More

November 22, 2016

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Removes Hurdles Between Data and Their Constituents

Our clients at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) are working to remove hurdles between relevant data and their constituents. TRPA is responsible for tracking development and issuing permits for properties in their jurisdiction. Like many agencies, they have rooms filled with paper. As part of their goal to organize data and make it more accessible, they partnered with Sitka to build a Parcel-tracking system within the Lake Tahoe Info platform. This system, available at, allows property owners and potential buyers to see the development rights on a piece of property with a simple click of a button. More

November 1, 2016

Welcome Aboard, Don & Michael!

The response we’ve received to our recent job postings definitely proves that people are driven to play a role in the conservation, restoration, and stewardship of our natural resources. This is true for our two latest hires. Don Daugherty and Michael Carnes’ passion for the outdoors is evident when you read their bios, let alone when you meet them in person. More

October 25, 2016

Looking Forward to a Night Out in Support of Healthy Rivers

This coming Saturday, November 5th, a number of my colleagues and I will be attending the annual “Celebration of Oregon Rivers” auction and dinner at the Tiffany Center in downtown Portland. While I’m definitely looking forward to seeing many of the amazing people I mentioned at the start of this post, I’m even more excited about all of the innovative projects WaterWatch will do with the proceeds from the evening’s festivities. More

October 20, 2016

Get Our Web APIs While They're Fresh!

We've been working on a major initiative recently that we're excited to share. To make it easier for our customers and third party developers to leverage their data in the Sitka Cloud, we have just unveiled a new RESTful web API that allows unprecedented access to your critical information. More