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.
Salazar Praises President's Nomination of Rebecca R. Wodder for Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today praised President Obama's intent to nominate Rebecca R. Wodder to be the next Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the Department of the Interior.
“Rebecca's extensive experience and notable accomplishments in natural resource management make her an outstanding choice for this key position on our departmental leadership team,” Salazar said. “Her lifelong work to conserve and restore America's lands and waters will be invaluable in carrying out Interior's strategic vision for our wildlife and park conservation programs and initiatives.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Wodder would replace Tom Strickland, who returned to the private sector in February, 2011, after serving two years as the Assistant Secretary. Currently, Interior's Principal Deputy Solicitor, Rachel Jacobson, is serving as Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
Since 1995, Wodder has been president and chief executive officer of American Rivers, directing strategic, programmatic and financial operations. During her tenure at American Rivers, Wodder led efforts to help dozens of communities restore the health of their rivers through innovative conservation measures such as the creation of river trails, the removal of obsolete and dangerous dams, and the implementation of green infrastructure solutions to safeguard clean water.
At American Rivers, Wodder led collaborations with federal, state, tribal, and local governments, business and industry, and grassroots groups to achieve consensus solutions to competing interests in rivers and freshwater resources. In 2010, she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Outstanding Conservationists by Outdoor Life Magazine, and was named Woman of the Year by the American Sportfishing Association in 1998.
From 1981 to 1994, Wodder served at The Wilderness Society in several capacities, including as Vice President for Organizational Development, and Vice President for Membership, Marketing and Development.
Prior to joining The Wilderness Society, Wodder was legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wisconsin) on environmental and energy issues, from 1978-1980, participating in negotiations on water and energy resource development programs and projects, and the Alaska Lands Act.
Wodder began her career as an Environmental Planner for the Leo A. Daly Company, Architects, Engineers and Planners, preparing environmental impact statements and developing environmental components of large-scale engineering projects.
A native Nebraska, Wodder holds a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, graduating With Highest Distinction. She also holds an M.S. in Landscape Architecture and an M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.