shelley-spalding-webBroadband Leader:
Shelley Spalding

We are actively seeking a co-leader from Western Washington. Contact Shelley if you can lend a Broad hand.

Range: Western Washington State – Olympia/Seattle area and as far north as the San Juan Islands and south to Vancouver

Interests/focus areas: ORV management and monitoring, wilderness proposals, legislative work, advocacy, travel management planning, Broadwalks

Projects: Collaborating with groups like the Olympic Forest Coalition and Olympic Park Associates. Hosting Broadwalks, presentations, events, tabling, fundraising dinners, trail monitoring, and collaborating with neighboring Broadbands like the Palouse Broadband.

About the Broadband’s name: Polly Dyer is not only a current Great Old Broads for Wilderness member, but she is one of the grassroots activists whose efforts resulted in passage of the Wilderness Act.  Polly has been a prominent figure in virtually every major campaign to protect wilderness in Washington state.

In 2010-2012, the Broadband completed three field seasons of road survey and monitoring project in the South Fork Skokomish watershed in collaboration with the Olympic Forest Coalition and the Olympic National Forest. One member of the Broadband described this work as “hiking with a purpose”. The reports, drafted by our very own Broadband Leader and Circuit Rider Shelley Spalding, resulted in the Forest Service nominating the Broadband for a Regional Conservation Volunteers award.

The summer of 2014 was focused on identifying temporary log haul roads in Riparian Reserves for a 4000-acre thinning sale in the Queets River.

OFCO Citizen Road Condition Reports:

The Polly Dyer Cascadia Broadband  pioneered “local” Broadwalks (a multi-day campout with speakers, hikes, good food, and a service project) and these have been important opportunities for education, advocacy and building camaraderie. Of our five (to date) local Broadwalks, four have been on the Olympic Peninsula. We have concentrated on educating ourselves in order to advocate for the recently reintroduced Wild Olympics Wilderness Bill. We have appeared at hearings, meetings, and on radio programs to show our support for the legislation and also go into the Olympics on walks and hikes to deepen our appreciation for its splendor.

While enjoying these actions and activities, members have discovered a shared love of poetry, and have been especially moved by the poetry of Olympic Peninsula poet and advocate, Tim McNulty.

Come on out and join us!

Shelley Spalding and District Ranger, Dean Yoshima.

Molly Gibbs and Jan Strong at Dosewallips Broadwalk.