Gretchen Norman joined WEST in 2005 as an ecologist who specializes in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. Gretchen received her B.A. in Biology in 1989 from The Colorado College; and she received her M.S. in Range Science in 1993 from New Mexico State University.
Gretchen has been involved in the NEPA process for most of her professional career. She has conducted necessary field investigations, prepared biological assessments, designed and performed threatened and endangered species surveys, evaluated potential impacts on the environment by proposed military activities, developed and proposed mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate potential impacts, produced reports presenting relevant information and survey results, and authored several Environmental Assessments. Gretchen has been assisting in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS): Halligan Seaman Water Supply Project, which is a large scale water supply project for the Cities of Fort Collins and Greeley; Chokecherry –Sierra Madre Project, which is a large scale wind energy project proposed for south central Wyoming and located on public lands; and the Westside Irrigation District EIS, which involves a land transfer from the Bureau of Land Management to the Westside Irrigation District.