Kate Wellons

Northwest Native Seed Partnerships Coordinator

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Kate is the Northwest Native Seed Partnerships Coordinator for IAE’s Plant Materials Program, coordinating both the Willamette Valley Native Plant Partnership and the Coastal Native Seed Partnership. She works with stakeholders throughout Western Oregon to increase the availability of genetically diverse native seed for habitat restoration and loves getting to collaborate with people all over who are passionate about native plants. Prior to joining IAE, Kate managed a native plant nursery for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in the John Day River Basin and worked on habitat restoration projects throughout Oregon for a variety of stakeholders, including a nonprofit, federal agency, watershed council, and university. Kate earned a M.S. in Horticulture from Oregon State University in 2018 and a B.A. in African-American and African Studies from the University of Virginia in 2010. Outside of work, Kate loves getting outside with her dog to collect rocks and bones and explore new parts of Oregon, as well as staying indoors to paint, bake, and smother her houseplants with attention.