Who We Are

Who We Are

Matthew J. Wacker, M.S./M.C.P. (Principal)

Matthew J. Wacker, M.S./M.C.P. (Principal)

Phone: 
916.779.7353
Email: 
Expertise: 
Restoration Ecology
Location: 
Sacramento Valley

Matt Wacker is a principal in our Sacrramento office and leads H. T Harvey & Associates’ land management services. Over his 20 years in consulting, Matt has played a key role on hundreds of projects across California related to natural resources inventory, management, restoration, and monitoring. Although his work has involved a broad diversity of sensitive taxa and habitats, his particular area of expertise is the ecology and management of grasslands, montane meadows, oak woodlands, and associated wetland and riparian ecosystems. Matt is also a Certified Rangeland Manager (CRM) licensed to prepare rangeland management plans and similar documents on nonfederal lands within California. 

Matt applies his knowledge, attention to detail, and experience working with California and federal resource agencies to a variety of other projects ranging from regional flood management programs to alternative energy, residential, and commercial developments. 

Examples of Matt’s work include:

  • overseeing implementation of a comprehensive habitat management and monitoring program for a regional network of conservation lands throughout the Carrizo Plain;
  • ensuring regulatory permit compliance for the management and monitoring of the Los Vaqueros Watershed in Contra Costa County and associated conservation lands in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Joaquin counties;
  • developing the ecological components of watershed assessments for numerous tributaries to the Truckee River in Placer, Nevada, and Sierra Counties;
  • as a CRM, providing support for the implementation of targeted livestock grazing programs to numerous clients including to the Contra Costa Water District and Byron Airport; and
  •  developing vegetation and resource management plans for dozens of habitat preserves and open space areas ranging from small, urban preserves to the 37,500 acre Dye Creek Preserve in Tehama County.

Matt has an M.S. in environmental science, policy, and management from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley; and a B.A. in behavioral ecology from the University of California, Davis.