Meet The Signcutters
Jo Peterson Awarded JHPTS “Sign Cutter” Certification – 2013
Jo has been a student of Joel Hardin’s tracking program since first meeting him at a class in 1994. She thought tracking would be a good skill to have if she ever became disoriented on her many solo hikes into the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area in the Northern California mountains after moving there from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Unlike most tracking students, she started tracking before having any involvement with search and rescue. However, Jo was soon encouraged to join the local SAR group by, at that time, current SAR members who were also learning to track. In 1996 she joined Siskiyou County Sheriff Search and Rescue as a volunteer. She is now their Lead Tracker, and involved in most SAR missions at all levels of operation.
When not tracking, Jo makes her living as a Building Designer of custom homes for private home owners, offers planning and design services for commercial land developers, and is a Building Codes Consultant / Plans Examiner for the Building Departments of local cities. She began her design business from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1974.