Shelley Spalding

Shelley Spalding is a retired fish biologist who spoke for the beautiful and voracious bull trout in negotiations for state forest practice rules, tri-state water quality rules, recovery planning and critical habitat. Prior to becoming a fish biologist, Shelley taught in a one-room school, built a log house, assisted a traveling veterinarian, and curated a traveling natural history museum. Since retiring 10 years ago, Shelley has kept busy with Hypatia-in-the-Woods (which offers artist residencies) and as a Board member of the Olympic Park Associates. Recently she transitioned from playing hammer dulcimer to learning the mountain dulcimer. She also weaves with native fibers such as cedar bark, sweet grass, and bear grass. Shelley lives on Decker Creek, a salmon stream on the Olympic Peninsula and is Capital Land Trust Steward for the 550 acre Decker Creek wetlands complex. She takes care of a small farm, has three grown children and two growing grandsons.