Ben Colvin has joined Wild Forests and Fauna (WFF) as the new Executive Director, leading community-based forest and wildlife protection and restoration internationally and in the US. The announcement comes at a time of exciting growth at WFF as it forges ahead in its fourth year with several projects fully operating in threatened forest regions such as the Peruvian Amazon and Gulu, Uganda.
“Ben is the natural fit to lead WFF through its next phase of development,” said Doug Sorin, former Executive Director. 2015 was a year of milestones for WFF. We assisted our Peruvian partners, ARCAmazon, in purchasing the land rights to 11,000+ acres of Amazon Rainforest. We hosted our 2nd annual Future Leaders Workshop in Peru. And most recently, our Native Seeds team laid the groundwork for tree nurseries and reforestation projects in Uganda. We believe Ben’s skill set and character are strongly suited to expand these international programs while establishing our presence in the US in 2016 and beyond.”
Ben’s resume includes over 15 years in wilderness guiding, environmental education, nonprofit fundraising and conservation leadership. He arrives prepared with a Master’s in Environmental Studies and a BS in Psychology from The University of Montana. He is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and serves as a board member and officer on multiple organization boards.
“Ben is a strong leader with the experience to carry us through a vital stage in our organization’s growth phase,” said WFF Board Member Corrie Reynoso. In 2016, we look to him to expand our network into new territory. His foundation and leadership in Asheville, North Carolina strategically connects our Seattle-based nonprofit to the Southeast and Appalachian regions.”
“I am beyond excited to lead Wild Forests and Fauna and to join this incredibly skilled and talented team,” Colvin said. “To communities across the globe, forests are vital sources of clean water, clean air, respite and recreation, abundant and diverse wildlife, connections to culture and more. I am proud to join WFF and to work with global communities to protect critically important forests and wildlife for future generations.”
Wild Forests and Fauna (WFF) supports and develops place-based organizations, projects, and individuals that share our mission to protect and restore threatened forests and species. Based out of Asheville, NC and Seattle, WA, WFF works around the world to ensure that the planet’s forests and wildlife are protected and thriving for current and future generations. Visit www.wildff.org and follow us on Facebook at WildFF and Twitter @wildforestfauna.