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Ben grew up in Georgia and spent a year in England before obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. He has worked for the states of Alaska, Mississippi, and Utah.
In Mississippi, Ben worked for two years in wetland mitigation and restoration, aiding in the development of functional assessment models for wetlands and assisting in the preparation of wetland restoration plans and the establishment of mitigation banks. He then worked for eight years with the Division of Forestry, Fire, & State Lands in both Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah. He spent this time in a diversified role working in wetland ecology, invasive species management, community wildfire planning, fuels reduction, and GIS, as well as operating as an integral member of a Type III incident management team for wildfire.
Ben is excited to move to Grand Junction (making Colorado his seventh state of residence) as the newest member of Tamarisk Coalition. He works as a Program Coordinator, focusing on the Tamarisk Beetle Program and organization-wide GIS responsibilities. Having worked in wetlands for almost twenty years, with an emphasis on restoration for the last twelve, Ben is eager to bring not only his knowledge, but also his experience working with numerous partners, to aid in the rehabilitation of riparian systems across the western U.S.