Joining the Glenn County Resource Conservation District team in Fall 2017, Melina Watts will focus on Program Development and Soil Health. Immediately, Watts’ Embraced Charles Kellogg’s perspective as quoted in the USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1938, “Essentially, all life depends upon the soil … There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” She will support growers and academics in finding opportunities to share the best solutions to improving soil health by facilitating local site tours, workshops and classes, while expanding Glenn County RCD’s projects and programs.
As background, Watts spent a decade at the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains as a watershed coordinator, where she put on conferences, watershed tours, native plant sales and environmental film festivals, while obtaining funding for such projects as the installation of native plant gardens at public schools and for the Medea Creek Restoration project. Editor for www.livinglightlyguide.org, she produced The Clean Water Act and Our Backyards: Improving Water Quality in the Santa Monica Mountains, starring Wendy Malick. As an media consultant, she helped her clients to obtain funding for such diverse projects as an open ditch to pipe conversion project, getting EV chargers installed at parks and she coordinated the event Honor the Ocean: A Celebration of Los Angeles’ Indigenous Maritime Peoples and Marine Protected Areas. Prior to that, Watts’ career began in Hollywood as a development executive, writing consultant and story analyst working for the Kennedy/Marshall Company, for Peter Horton and at Dreamworks. Watts graduated from UCLA with a bachelors of art in history.
Watts’ writing has appeared in national venues such as the New York Times motherlode blog and Sunset Magazine, in environmental publications, Sierra Magazine, Earth Island Journal and Urban Coast: Journal of the Center for the Study of the Santa Monica Bay, in environmental blogs, such as Heal the Bay blog and in numerous local papers. Watts received the Chair’s Green Leadership Award from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2012.