Meet the Team
Benjamin Martin, B.S.
Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist
Emerging Programs and Partnerships
Working with both NRCS staff and private landowners I help plan, design, and apply eco-friendly practices that will restore the land to its full operational capacity which will in turn benefit numerous species of wildlife in the area. This is done using the NRCS Farm Bill to provide private landowners habitat incentive programs, focusing on improving wildlife conservation, watershed health, and habitat quality on rangelands and on farmlands, such as rice fields, throughout the Sacramento Valley.
I grew up in El Dorado County but have spent a lot of time in the Sacramento Valley with my family hunting and observing waterfowl and upland birds. It is through these activities I developed a strong appreciation and fascination for the Sacramento Valley, along with the avian species that inhabit it. My deep rooted passions for birds, especially waterfowl, lead me to attend Humboldt State University where I completed a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Throughout my time, both in and out of college, I have been privileged to work all over North America. In 2009 I was invited to the University of Michigan to help their natural resources department conduct a study on landscape changes over a 50 year span in southeast Michigan using GIS. After Michigan I flew north to help conduct nesting research and banding efforts on many different waterfowl species throughout the Alaskan tundra during 2011 and 2012. Then in 2013 I decided to stay home here in California and help conduct more nesting research and banding efforts in the Suisun Marsh, the Sacramento Valley, and the Klamath Basin. My passion for waterfowl has taken me to some captivating places and I am in no rush for the adventures to end anytime soon.
In my spare time you can usually find me out on any of the wildlife refuges here in the Sacramento Valley with my family, out on Lake Tahoe fishing, or out on the golf course trying to improve upon my game.