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Vance Russell

Vance Russell has more than 30 years of experience working in forest science & management, rewilding, biodiversity conservation, agricultural landscapes, restoration and natural resources management. Currently, he is a natural resources, conservation and climate change adaptation consultant and has worked for a variety of non-profit, state/federal agencies and private businesses. Vance was the California Director of Programs for the National Forest Foundation where he managed, led and funded community forestry projects. Prior to joining NFF, he was director of Audubon California’s Landowner Stewardship Program working with farmers and ranchers to restore habitat in a manner compatible with existing agricultural operations. During that time, he managed the 7,800-acre Bobcat Ranch and 3,000-acre Mayacamas Mountains Reserve in Yolo and Sonoma Counties, California. Vance is the Board Chair of Groundswell International, is a trustee for the South Downs National Park Trust and serves on the Rewilding Leadership Council for the Rewilding Institute and the Wild Farm Alliance Advisory Board. Vance received his M.Sc. degree in Forest Science and Natural Resources Management from Cornell University and B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster