Spring Circuit Ride Cross Pollinates Far West Broadbands

Reno BB Leader Rita Smyth's window stickerGreat Old Broads for Wilderness’s very own Circuit Rider, Shelley Spalding, was on the road in May visiting Broadbands in the northwest from Bend, OR to Reno, NV, Nevada City, CA and Corvalis, OR.  Although the term “Circuit Rider” has its roots in Methodist preaching, in the Broadband context it includes being a consultant, networker, strategizer, and information provider.  Shelley helps to “cross-pollinate” the groups she serves, gathering and transmitting insights, tools, and tips as she travels through the area.

At each stop, Shelley presented on the importance of Broadband work, also sharing projects taken on by her Broadband, the Polly Dyer Cascadia Broadband on the Olympic Peninsula.  Three of the four site visits were to new Broadbands (see Broadbands in Action) and the fourth, Northern Sierra Broadband from Nevada City, CA was one of the first established Broadbands now seeking successor leadership.  Karen Cox, Broadband founder and former Broads’ Board Member, encouraged her Broadband to reconvene as a group around issues of wilderness access and trails. Guest speaker Don Rivine talked about the challenges, both past and present, of getting wilderness designation in northern California.  Broads provided feedback that the visits were “good for their Broadband” and subsequent discussions were inspiring and informative!  Between stops, Shelley was able to explore some of the beautiful wild country in the West, as she did on Mother’s Day while hiking to Clear Lake in the South Warner Mountains Wilderness in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

by Ellen Stein, Broadband & Communications Coordinator