Ted Toombs

Rocky Mountain Regional Director, CCI

Areas of expertise: Grassland-shrubland ecology and wildlife, design and implementation of environmental markets, conservation banking, endangered species, Safe Harbor, Farm Bill conservation programs.


  • Works as part of the Center for Conservation Incentives, pursuing initiatives to protect rare species and ecosystems throughout the Rocky Mountain region

  • Collaborates with farmers and ranchers through federal and state incentive programs related to agriculture, wildlife, and ecosystem health

  • Provides technical assistance to landowners, land owner groups, and land managers interested in maintaining or restoring habitats for threatened species

  • Specializes in grassland/shrubland ecology and wildlife



  • B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois
  • M.S., Rangeland Ecosystem Science, Colorado State University


  • “Guest Associate” of Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society For Range Management
  • Formerly, Tri-national Grasslands Conservation Strategy Team, Commission For Environmental Cooperation (2001-02)


  • Toombs, T. P. 2011. Rangeland ecosystem services, risk management, and the ranch bottom line. Rangelands October:(In press).
  • Goldstein, J. H., C. K. Presnall, L. Lopez-Hoffman, G. P. Nabhan, R. L. Knight, G. B.Ruyle, and T. P. Toombs. 2011. Beef and beyond: paying for ecosystem services on US rangelands. Rangelands October: (In press).
  • Toombs, T. and C. Collett. 2011. Development and wildlife conservation can co-exist. Op-ed Cedar City Utah.
  • Knight, K. B., T. P. Toombs, and J. D. Derner. 2011. Cross-fencing on private US rangelands: financial costs and producer risks. Rangelands April:41-44.
  • Toombs, T. P., J. D. Derner, D. J. Augustine, B. Krueger, and S. Gallagher. 2010. Managing for biodiversity and wildlife: a scale-dependent approach for promoting vegetation heterogeneity in western Great Plains grasslands. Rangelands June:10-15.
  • Toombs, Theodore P. and Roberts, Martha G. 2009. Are Natural Resources Conservation Range Management Investments Working at Cross-Purposes With Wildlife Habitat Goals on Western United States Rangelands? Rangeland Ecology & Management 62:351-355.
  • Steele, A., Toombs, T. and Karpinski, A. 2009. Bountiful Conservation: A guide to Colorado products and services from conserved lands.Environmental Defense Fund and Tax Credit Connection, Inc.
  • Toombs, T. P. and M. G. Roberts. 2008. Are Wyoming Range Practices Working at Cross-purposes with Wildlife Habitat Goals?: An analysis of NRCS program and practice expenditures related to grassland priority bird species, 2004-2007. Environmental Defense Fund Report 21pp. [PDF]
  • Augustine, D. J., M. R. Matchett, T. P. Toombs, J. F. Cully Jr., T. L. Johnson, and J. G. Sidle. 2008. Spatiotemporal dynamics of black-tailed prairie dog colonies affected by plague. Landscape Ecology:23:255-267.
  • Toombs, T. P. 2007. Utah Prairie Dog Habitat Evaluation Guide. Environmental Defense Fund and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 14pp. [PDF]
  • Roberts, M. G., T. D. Male, and T. P. Toombs. 2007. Potential impacts of biofuels expansion on natural resources: a case study of the Ogallala aquifer region. Environmental Defense Report. 10pp.
  • Toombs, T. 2006. Landowners are critical to saving rare species. Colorado Springs Gazette Op-ed. October 14.
  • Co-author, "Improving the Scientific Integrity of Nontechnical Publications," Rangelands, 28:5, October 2006.
  • "Habitat Restoration for the Threatened Utah Prairie Dog on a Private Ranch (Utah)," Ecological Restoration, 24:3, September 2006. Abstract 185.
  • "Safe Harbor: Helping Landowners Help Endangered Species," Rangelands, 27:1, February 2005.
  • Co-author, Grasslands: Toward a North American Conservation Strategy [PDF] (Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 2003)
  • Stewardship Resource Guide For Colorado (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 2003)
  • Stewardship Resource Guide For Nebraska (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 2003)
  • Sharing Your Land With Shortgrass Prairie Birds (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 2001)


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