Blaise joined the Land Trust staff in 2019 after contributing both as a volunteer and as a contractor on stewardship projects. In this role, she splits her time assisting with land protection projects and helping the Stewardship Team care for the land. Because she has responsibilities in both areas, Blaise helps ensure there’s a smooth transition from protecting land to caring for it, whether it’s one of our nature preserves or a conservation easement on a local family farm. In this role, she strives to ensure that conservation benefits all stakeholders in our community, something she’s passionate about.
Blaise holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and was first introduced to the land trust model when she interned with the Lake Champlain Land Trust in Vermont. While working as a student researcher in the Patagonia region of Chile, she studied conservation biology and the integral relationships between conservationists, landowners, and the public. Years ago, Blaise fell in love with Washington state. She moved to Port Townsend in late 2017, and in 2018 managed the Chimacum Farmers Market, becoming familiar with Jefferson County’s local food system. Outside of work you’ll find her gardening, crafting, running, and finding places where she can be near the water.