Allison Zach

Allison Zach working in the field with invasive species.
Allison Zach working in the field with invasive species.

Allison Zach Program Coordinator, Nebraska Invasive Species

Allison serves as the invasive species program coordinator for all state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in invasive species research, management and policy across the state of Nebraska. She collaborates with agencies and organizations to develop state-wide invasive species management plans to aid partners with invasive species management and prevention. In addition to collaborating, she coordinates activities of and represents the Nebraska Invasive Species Advisory Council as the liaison with the State Legislature. Allison develops materials and provides outreach to Nebraska governments, individual stakeholders, and the general public regarding the management, and research of invasive species. She also networks with other invasive species biologists in the state and region, including diverse stakeholders such as the public, state and federal government agencies, non-government organizations and others.

Allison received her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004 and M.S. in Wildlife Management from Minnesota State University in 2010. Prior to joining the Coop Unit, Allison worked at the Nebraska Department of Roads for 5 years where she was responsible for writing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, managing projects, training and supervising staff, and development of public guidance documents and web pages. She hired, managed and trained consultants to complete environmental reviews of transportation projects. She served as a liaison with state, federal, and non-governmental organizations including Natural Resources Districts, the Nebraska Game and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resource Conservation Service, APHIS-Wildlife Services, and the National Parks Service. Allison previously worked at the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality conducting training and providing guidance documents to staff and the public on regulatory air permitting requirements. Allison previously served as the intern coordinator for Senator Chuck Hagel in Washington D.C. which provided her firsthand experience meeting with constituents, preparing legislation, and networking with Senate staff and Nebraska legislators.