Elyssa graduated from University of Washington in 2014. Since then she has spent time restoring riparian corridors in Western Washington, planting trees for endangered forest birds in Maui, and teaching children about the importance of wetlands and the intertidal in the Seattle area. She splits her time as the Program Manager with Beavers Northwest and the Habitat Project Coordinator with SCD where she is most often available Tuesdays and Thursdays.
What do you like about living in the Pacific Northwest?
I love being surrounded by forests, beaches, mountains, and wildlife. There are so many different ecosystems to explore and appreciate. I am most happy when I'm spending time identifying plants, observing invertebrates on the beach at low tide, and taking in the beautiful views this region has to offer.
Why do you work here (at the District)?
I enjoy working on a small scale to enact big change! Assisting landowners with achieving our shared goals is empowering. From finding the perfect plant for a streamside to finding ways to live with beavers, I want to share my knowledge and keep learning more in the process!
I am a voracious reader of all kinds of books and I have a cat named Elon Meowsk.