Join RAE for the July edition of our free monthly webinar series. This month, we’ll be honoring #HabitatMonth by featuring coastal restoration professionals from both the east and west coast. We’ll explore different tactics, challenges and success stories from two incredibly successful restoration organizations. You’ll hear brief presentations from each of the groups followed by a moderated audience Q&A. We hope to see you there.
Katie Mosher, Senior Director of Programs – Billion Oyster Project
Katie, who was born in upstate New York and grew up in Rutland, VT, found her true passion here in NYC — restoring oysters in NY Harbor. She is incredibly determined to get oysters in the water but she doesn’t stop there, she also strategically thinks about how to maximize BOP’s collaborative efforts to realize our long-term goals for restoring oysters to New York waters. Katie prefers working outdoors and when she is not working enjoys spending time with her two teenage kids.
Brian Combs, Salmon Habitat Restoration Biologist – South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement GroupBrian is an avid outdoorsman and has been exploring his passion for natural history in the Pacific Northwest since 1995. Brian earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Evergreen State College in 2003 with emphasis in botany and ecology. He has since been working as a biologist in both the government and private sectors. His professional experience includes wetland biology, habitat restoration, botany, and wildlife studies. His spare time is spent mushroom hunting and fishing. Brian is glad to be a part of a non-profit organization and hopes to grow personally and professionally while being a steward of our region’s great resources.
Cole Baldino, Salmon Habitat Restoration Biologist – South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Growing up with the dream of saving salmonids, Cole received a degree in coldwater fisheries biology from SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY. He’s worked throughout the east coast restoring eastern brook trout habitat. After a lifetime of chasing wild steelhead, Cole has made his way to WA to restore salmon populations as a project manager for SPSSEG. His passion for implementing large wood structures and removing barriers to fish passage fits with the organization mission and team. When not saving salmon and trout, Cole is chasing them with his fly rod. Along with angling, Cole is an avid rock climber, mountaineer, hunter, and gardener.