Senior Conservation Project Manager
Ben Wallace brings more than 20 years of experience supporting the conservation of freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems through policy initiatives, collaborative planning, and on-the-ground restoration, to The Freshwater Trust. Notable accomplishments include the permanent protection of more than 6,500-acres of working forestland in the Sierra and Southern Cascades, restoration 120+ acres of freshwater tidal marsh in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, reconnecting passage for steelhead on an urban creek to 7 miles of spawning habitat upstream of Interstate 80, implementation of programmatic permitting programs to accelerate habitat restoration on private agricultural lands, and building a 35-member coalition of agricultural and environmental groups to increase conservation funding in the 2002 Farm Bill. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College. As Senior Conservation Project Manager, he is working with the California team to build partnerships with local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, conservation districts and agricultural partners, to develop projects that benefit shallow aquifer recharge, streamflows, and groundwater dependent ecosystems, and set a course for the successful implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Outside the office, he goes on train and hiking adventures with his family and volunteers on disability rights issues.
Home River: Merrimack River