I’m Ari Blatt, the new Restoration Program Assistant with the MidCoast Watersheds Council. I just wrapped up my first week here this past Friday and am glad to have already met some of you at the Administrative and General Board Meetings on Thursday. For those of you who I have not yet met, here's a bit about me:
Californian-born but Corvallis-raised since age 3, I count myself lucky for growing up with access to the forests, mountains, and waters that make Oregon so enchanting to transplants and natives alike. From this place grew a desire to gain a deeper ecological knowledge of the world around me.
With this in mind, I obtained my BS in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham in 2016. Being situated on the shores of the Salish Sea, I focused my studies on salmon and their environment, and received an emphasis in marine ecology, along with a minor in American Indian Studies. I stayed in Bellingham for a year after college to work with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, a non-profit similar to MCWC in their goals to recover salmon populations through restoration actions and community outreach.
Upon return to Oregon, I spent several seasons with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sampling recreational fisheries and conducting salmon spawning grounds surveys. At the same time, I worked as a writer at the independent newsweekly the Corvallis Advocate, writing stories within the intersection of environmental science and society. I am excited by the opportunity to combine my love of salmon, restoration, and writing into a single position in my favorite spot on the coast.
In my free time, I am thrilled to surf, ski, cook and read. I am looking forward to getting to know all the members of this community, so say hi when you can!