Heather Bauscher is the Fisheries Community Engagement Specialist for the Southeast Alaska region and beyond, working in a shared role between SalmonState and Sitka Conservation Society. She is a former community organizer working both regionally and statewide on fish habitat issues for the past 7 years. She is the lead outreach person for the Skipper Science Partnership and has been with that program since its infancy. Heather also is an adjunct professor who teaches dual enrollment courses through the University of Alaska Southeast twice a year to bring young people to the Federal Subsistence Board and associated Regional Advisory Council meetings. She believes deeply in public process and enjoys encouraging others to get involved. Heather has experience navigating across the various regulatory processes as a member of the public through six years of service on the Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committee. She served as the chair for 3 years, representing Sitka at the most recent round of Southeast finish. She received the Excellence in Service Award from the Alaska Board of Fish and Board of Game in 2022 for her leadership and adaptation of the process to allow for a hybrid format during the Covid pandemic. She enjoys observational drawing, birding, hunting, fishing, and crewing on small commercial boats in various fisheries in Southeast Alaska. She recently moved from Sitka and now resides in Petersburg, Alaska.

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