The NRF has three full-time staff, as well as a Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps Volunteer. Together, we work to implement projects of the Nisqually River Council and its subcommittee. These projects cover topics such as salmon recovery, adult and youth education, sustainable forestry and climate change.
Justin Hall, Executive Director
Phone: 360-438-8715, ext 2151
Justin Hall is currently the executive director of the Nisqually River Foundation. Justin has over 15 years of experience working in the Nisqually Watershed. Prior to coming to workfor the Foundation, Justin worked as a natural resources extension agent for Michigan State University (MSU) where he managed a program to link MSU Extension to the state wildlife agency, providing efficiency in both organizations to meet their common goals. Prior to that, Justin worked as a forester for the University of Washington at Pack Forest, located in the Nisqually Watershed. Justin Hall’s educational background includes Bachelors of Science in both Fisheries Biology and Wildlife Science and a Master of Science in Silviculture and Forest Planning, all from the University of Washington.
Sheila Wilson, Nisqually River Education Project Program Director
Phone: 360-438-8715, ext 2153
Sheila Wilson, program director for Nisqually River Education Project, has experience in SCUBA diving, scientific research, community organizing, classroom teaching (preschool through college), and environmental education. As Program Director she has successfully written and implemented grants for water quality monitoring, riparian habitat restoration, salmon carcass tossing/nutrient enhancement and the Eye on Nature program, a field investigation that teaches students how to record wildlife observations as part of a larger citizen science project using eBird at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. She is a mother of 3 amazing children and loves running, hiking, biking, horses and camping.
Emily McCartan, Nisqually River Council Program Coordinator
Phone: 360-438-8715, ext 2152
Emily McCartan is the Program Coordinator for the Nisqually River Council. She organizes NRC and Citizens Advisory Committee meetings, the Nisqually Stream Stewards program, and the upcoming Watershed Report Card, as well as supporting grantwriting, outreach, and other initiatives through the Foundation. A lifelong South Puget Sounder, Emily has ten years of outreach and program management experience with government, cultural, arts, and conservation organizations around the country. She received her bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and her master’s in public humanities from Brown University in Providence, RI.