The NRF team works to implement projects of the Nisqually River Council, build partnerships, and support watershed-based learning in our communities. These projects cover topics such as salmon recovery, adult and youth education, sustainable forestry and climate change.

Contact our staff at 360-438-8715.

Justin Hall (left) explores options for developing a floatable trail along the Nisqually River.

Justin Hall, Executive Director

Justin has over 15 years of experience working in the Nisqually Watershed.  Prior to coming to work for 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. He is a member of Class 40 of the AgForestry Leadership Program, developing a network of leaders in agriculture, forestry, and natural resources for Washington State.

Sheila Wilson instructs students on proper planting techniques during a habitat restoration field experience

Sheila Wilson, Nisqually River Education Project Program Director

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

Emily McCartan is the Program Coordinator for the Nisqually River Council. She manages NRC and Citizens Advisory Committee meetings, the Nisqually Stream Stewards program, and the Nisqually Watershed Stewardship Plan, as well as supporting grantwriting, outreach, and other initiatives through the Foundation. A lifelong South Puget Sounder, Emily has ten years of public policy, 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.

Brandon Bywater, Water Quality Program Coordinator

After serving with AmeriCorps at the Nisqually River Education Project for the 2017-2018 school year, Brandon Bywater joined the NREP full-time as the Water Quality Program Coordinator. He works with teachers, students, and partners throughout the watershed to promote water quality education and conservation. Brandon graduated in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University and has held positions as an environmental educator and naturalist in Chicago and the Midwest. He’s enjoying the beauty and diverse topography of the Nisqually Watershed as he plants new roots in the Pacific Northwest.

Chrissy Webb, Washington Service Corps Volunteer

Chrissy Web is NREP’s Washington Service Corps volunteer for the 2018-19 school year. A native of Montana, Chrissy graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Wilderness Studies. A huge salmon enthusiast, she has conducted research on sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska with the University of Washington and other agencies. She is passionate about the natural world and the role that effective education and community engagement plays in conservation and and sustainability, and excited about working with schools and volunteers throughout the watershed on water quality, salmon tossing, and other projects.