Matt Collins

Working Wild Challenge Coordinator

Salida, Colorado

Matt is deeply motivated to further practices, processes, and policies that support thriving working lands and wildlife in the American West. Through experience as a ranch hand in dense carnivore-country and four seasons as a guide in Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin, Matt’s work is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of sharing working landscapes with wildlife. In his work with WLA, Matt is building on his previous time with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation and People and Carnivores, where he worked to reduce human-wildlife conflict and support connected landscapes throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Prior to joining WLA, Matt worked as a graduate researcher at Colorado State University to understand how rangeland collaboratives form and achieve success in reducing conflict between large carnivores and livestock. Through these experiences, Matt has developed an appreciation for the power of collaborative processes to build positive outcomes for landowners and wildlife alike. Matt currently lives in Salida, Colorado, where in his free time he likes to go hiking with his dog, Maisy, and find camping spots on the path less traveled by foot, horse or ski.

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