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Vance Russell

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Vance Russell is a Wildlands and Climate Change Adaptation Consultant. Prior to this he was the California Director of Programs for the National Forest Foundation where he managed community forestry projects throughout the state. Prior to joining NFF, he was Director of Audubon California’s Landowner Stewardship Program, working with farmers and ranchers throughout California to restore habitat in a manner compatible with existing agricultural operations. He has nearly 30 years of experience working in agriculture and natural resources management.

Vance is one of the founding members of the Wild Farm Alliance, which promotes agriculture that helps to protect and restore wild nature, and currently serves on the organization’s board of directors as the treasurer. Vance served on the Management Board of the Central Valley Habitat Joint Venture that protects and restore habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. He co-authored Wild Harvest – Farming for Wildlife and Profitability which details the importance of conservation incentives for landowners and Maximum Yield, Sustainable Agriculture as a Tool for Conservation, which examines the relationship between agriculture and conservation. Vance received his M.S. degree in Forest Science and Natural Resources Management from Cornell University in 1996 and a B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster in 1987.

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