Gretchen Norman is a trained rangeland ecologist who has been involved in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for most of her professional career. Gretchen served as NEPA project manager or assistant project manager for a variety of industries including large-scale water supply projects, oil and gas development, solar projects, wind energy, land conveyance, agriculture, municipal water systems, and transportation. She has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park System, Wyoming Department of Transportation, Western Area Power Administration, and Bonneville Power Administration on NEPA projects. Gretchen has experience in preparing all levels of NEPA documents and is adept at locating existing data, analyzing data in relation to potential impacts from proposed actions and alternatives, and recommending mitigation measures to minimize potential impacts.
Gretchen specializes in large-scale projects at WEST, utilizing her NEPA experience and education to track multiple aspects associated with complex projects. Her education in biology and rangeland ecology provides a foundation for her to evaluate various biological aspects involved in a project, as well as understand the challenges a team member may encounter. Gretchen’s NEPA experience provides her with the ability to develop productive relationships with staff, subcontractors, and agency personnel to ensure large-scale projects remain on track and communication is maintained between all personnel.