David Varner

David Varner coordinates the Dolores River Restoration Partnership and supports the growing riparian restoration initiatives on the White River in Colorado and Utah. 
David comes to RiversEdge West after working as an ecological consultant on the West Slope. He has worked to study, restore, manage, and conserve natural resources since 1996. Prior to moving to Grand Junction in 2015, David directed the Habitat Restoration Program at a land conservancy in southern California. He brings botanical and ecological restoration expertise, as well as a wealth of experience working with private landowners, agency personnel, and conservation organizations to manage and conserve natural resources. 
David received a B.S. from Montana State University and worked as a seasonal field biologist before returning to school to study coastal stream restoration at Humboldt State University. He went from there to Boise, Idaho where he worked in a variety of freshwater habitats in the Great Basin and Pacific Northwest. During this time, David also led charitable natural resource conservation projects in South Asia, Mexico, and the American West. After moving to southern California in 2008, David enriched his conservation experience by joining the board of California Native Plant Society and was the President of the San Diego Chapter in 2015. At work, he managed numerous riparian and upland habitat restoration projects, as well as a watershed-wide invasive vegetation control program. He also held leadership positions with California Invasive Plant Council and San Diego Weed Management Area.
David will bring his passion for rivers, riparian ecology, and community-based conservation efforts, along with his leadership experience, to working with RiversEdge West and its Partners. An avid recreationist, David loves to explore Western Colorado and beyond- by bike, hike, ski, and boat. His latest favorite outdoor pastime, though, is sharing it with his young daughter.
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RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.