Blaise hiking in the fjords of Norway in the fall of 2017.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Blaise Sullivan, the newest member of the Land Trust team. She’s recently joined us as Conservation Assistant — a newly created position. In this role, Blaise will split her time assisting Sarah Spaeth with land protection projects and helping Erik Kingfisher and Carrie Clendaniel care for the land.
Because she’ll have responsibilities in both areas, Blaise can 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.
Blaise believes that joining the Land Trust as our Conservation Assistant will allow her to find ways to ensure that conservation benefits all stakeholders in our community — something she’s passionate about.
“I’m excited to connect to the community in a deeper way by working with local landowners, Land Trust volunteers, and our partner organizations.”
Prior to accepting this position, Blaise contributed at Jefferson Land Trust as a volunteer and, later, as a contractor on a number of stewardship projects.
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 Burlington, Vermont. While working as a student researcher in the Patagonia region of Chile, Blaise studied conservation biology and the integral relationships between conservationists, landowners, and the public — gaining experience she believes will help her in this new role.
Years ago, Blaise fell in love with Washington state, enjoying its climate, wilderness, and lifestyle. She moved to Port Townsend in late 2017, and in 2018 managed the Chimacum Farmers Market, becoming familiar with Jefferson County’s farms, farmers, and local food system. Outside of work you’ll find Blaise gardening, crafting, running, and finding places where she can be near the water.
I love the grassroots nature of land trusts and how small incremental changes add up to make a big difference.