Hello, I’m Ari Blatt, the new Restoration Program Assistant position with the MidCoast Watersheds Council.
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, WA 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 very much looking forward to getting to know members of this community, say hi when you can!