A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Nancy Lee is the U.S. Geological Survey Acting Regional Executive (REx), Northwest Area. Nancy has served as the Deputy Regional Executive since March 2009. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the new Northwest Climate Science Center where she served as interim Acting Center Director. Currently Nancy co-chairs the Northwest Climate Science Center's Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee (ESAC).
As Acting REx/Deputy REx Nancy provides executive leadership and guidance to five science centers throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. She serves as the Northwest Area lead for Climate Change, Energy, and Forest issues. As such, Nancy serves on the Great Northern LCC steering committee, the Upper Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt Regional Management team, the Regional Interagency Executive Committee, and the Northwest Regional Environment and Natural Resources Forum.
Nancy is a Wildlife Ecologist (M.S. University of Montana, B.S. Southern Illinois University, Post-Graduate Diploma, Lincoln College, New Zealand).
Prior to coming to USGS Nancy held leadership roles with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), serving as Deputy State Supervisor in Oregon, and Chief, Conservation Planning Assistance program in Headquarters Office in Arlington, Virginia. She has extensive experience and expertise in endangered species, forest conservation, Northwest Forest Plan. In addition, Nancy served as USFWS lead for energy, transportation, water supply, landscape restoration, wetlands, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) working to reduce the rate of species/habitat loss on large development and infrastructure projects.
Nancy began her Federal career as a field biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. During the first 10 years of her career she worked on the Payette, Ochoco, and Mt Hood National Forests.