Nate Wallace

Nate Wallace joined the Emerging Leaders Board in 2018. He is excited to help Oregon Environmetal Council protect the land he loves. Nate grew up in Portland and developed a reverence for nature on family camping trips and excursions.


“Oregon is unbelievably beautiful and varied. It’s really important to try to preserve it. We need to be put policies in place that are protecting the Environment, which is one of the things that drew me to Oregon Environmental Council.”

Nate now works as a fisheries biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and as a professional photographer with a thriving community on Instagram.

Nate is inspired by his deep emotional and spiritual connection to wild places, and he tries to relay that connection with his camera.

“A photograph is more open to interpretation… one of the things that is so lovely about art is that it is  beautiful, but it’s also amorphous. It can be whatever you want it to be.”

Check out Nate’s beautiful photography on his Instagram @pandahawk.





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