Ashley Zavagno, CERP, CE

Restoration Ecologist


Ashley Zavagno is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner and Certified Ecologist with expertise in restoration ecologist with expertise in restoration ecology, river and salmonid restoration, mitigation, land management, and California ecosystems.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Environmental Science and Management degree with a specialization in conservation planning from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.  She also completed her River Restoration Professional Certification at Portland State University. She has studied and worked in diverse western landscapes including coastal river systems, Central Valley floodplains, coastal scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, native grasslands, vernal pool complexes, and tidal wetlands. Her expertise, however, is in river restoration and ecology, particularly in Northern California and salmonid-bearing systems.

At WRA, Ashley manages the planning, entitlement, and implementation of mitigation banks and other large-scale restoration projects. Her work includes project management, informing restoration design, evaluation of potential restoration sites, historical ecology review, drafting restoration and long-term management plans, creating appropriate performance standards; and overseeing permitting and implementation. She brings her strengths in strategic decision-making, incorporating current scientific knowledge into restoration and mitigation projects, and navigating complex regulatory pathways to all her projects.

She is also an active participant in river restoration and California restoration conferences including Salmonid Restoration Federation’s annual conference and Coho Confab, SERCAL, and River Restoration Northwest. When not working, Ashley can be found fly fishing for trout and steelhead at any one of her favorite Northern California rivers.


WRA Mitigation Banking Interactive Database, San Rafael, California

Property Mitigation Feasibility Study, Oakley, California

Antonio Mountain Ranch Mitigation Bank, Placer County, California


MESM, Conservation Planning, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2015

BS, Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2010


Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP), #0235

Certified Ecologist, Ecological Society of America

Wetlands Regulation and Mitigation, University of California Davis Extension. 2015

Mitigation and Conservation Banking, University of California Davis Extension. 2015

CEQA/NEPA Workshop, Association of Environmental Professionals. 2015