Zachary Wurtzebach

Zachary Wurtzebach

Corridors & Crossings Program Director

Zack is a broadly trained social scientist with expertise in natural resource policy, land management planning, and monitoring and evaluation. He is currently working with agency scientists and planners to develop a regional monitoring and evaluation strategy for the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region.

Zack joins the Center having completed his Ph.D. in Forest Sciences from Colorado State University. His dissertation explored innovative policy tools and collaborative processes for evidence informed decision-making in federal land management agencies. As a doctoral candidate and research associate with the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, he has organized several workshops to connect managers and scientists, worked collaboratively with practitioners in the U.S. Forest Service to implement new regulations for forest planning, and served as an external advisor on agency steering and policy committees.

In his free time, Zack enjoys snowboarding, fly-fishing, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.


  • Ph.D. in Forest Science, Colorado State University
  • M.A. in Political Science, Colorado State University
  • B.S. in Resource Conservation, University of Montana
  • B.A. in History, University of Montana

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