Who We Are

Who We Are

Matthew J. Wacker, M.S./M.C.P. (Senior Associate Ecologist)

Matthew J. Wacker, M.S./M.C.P. (Senior Associate Ecologist)

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

With training in ecology and planning, Matt Wacker applies his expertise to the conservation of sensitive habitat across California. Much of his work focuses on rangeland ecosystem management, and in the habitats found in the Central Valley’s flood protection system. He helps clients with establishing and funding conservation areas, developing species and habitat-focused stewardship programs, and obtaining permits from state and federal resource agencies. Matt is also expert in the ecology of vernal pool grasslands and rangeland ecosystems. He has led field surveys for federally-listed branchiopods, and completed or overseen wetland delineations, rare plant surveys, and surveys for special-status fish and wildlife.

As a Certified Rangeland Manager, he is one of fewer than 100 individuals licensed by the State of California to practice rangeland management on nonfederal lands in the state. He has extensive experience in all aspects of rangeland resource assessment, management and planning for annual and perennial grasslands, oak woodlands, montane meadows and associated riparian areas. Matt leads our land management services activities.

Examples of Matt’s work at H. T. Harvey & Associates in California include:

  • overseeing implementation of a comprehensive habitat management and monitoring program for a regional network of more than 9000 acres of conservation lands in the Carrizo Plain;
  • developing habitat management plans for the South Mather Wetlands Preserve, habitat preserves associated with the Placer County Conservation Plan, and more than 4000 acres of mitigation land associated with a large solar energy project in San Luis Obispo County;  and
  • advising the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) with its approach to managing invasive plants and trees that threaten levee integrity along the Central Valley’s flood control system, and assisting DWR in obtaining project-specific and programmatic permits for flood control system operations and maintenance.

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.