Conserving the Nature of America
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Columbia Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands Regions Select New Leader for Ecological Services

July 2, 2021

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Contact: Dana Bivens, 503-260-4723, Dana_Bivens @fws.gov


Kate Norman new Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Pacific Region

Kate Norman new Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Pacific Region Credit: USFWS

PORTLAND, Oregon – Kate Norman has been selected as the new Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).

Norman started her career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2005 as a biologist in the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, where she supported endangered species recovery. Norman continued this work at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters where she worked for the Recovery and Delisting Program and then went on to Denver where she managed the 2015 sage-grouse status review.  About three years ago, she returned to Oregon to serve as the as the Deputy Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services. 

Norman will lead the daily operations of the Ecological Services program, which covers Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The program employs about 350 employees across the region who are dedicated to species recovery and conservation.

“We are so excited to have Kate in this important leadership role” said Robyn Thorson, Regional Director. “She brings knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion to her work and this, coupled with her excellent leadership skills, makes her the ideal candidate to lead the ecological services program in our region.  We look forward to the legacy she is sure to create while protecting fish, wildlife, and habitats in one of the most biologically diverse areas of the country.”

The Ecological Service program has a wide range of responsibilities, including identifying species on the verge of extinction and helping build the road to recovery through the Endangered Species Act; ensuring that fish and wildlife resources are considered by agencies during project planning and structure construction; protecting and restoring coastal resources; partnering with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats; and investigating the effects and clean-up of contaminants and restoring polluted habitats.

“I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services.” Said Norman.   “I look forward to working with our talented staff and partners across the region to achieve durable conservation for our trust resources.  I greatly value my colleagues and staff, and my goal is to build up those around me to continue working towards our conservation mission for many decades to come.”

Norman received a B.S. Botany and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Botany from Oregon State University.  She is a native Oregonian and enjoys living in Portland where she is close to her mother and three siblings. She is an avid hiker and gardener, a self-proclaimed poor, but enthusiastic, guitar player and a prolific painter.  

For more information on the Region’s Ecological Services program, visit https://www.fws.gov/pacific/ecoservices/

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.