Katie has over twelve years of experience as an environmental scientist and environmental policy analyst. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources and Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University. Katie has published research on recreational impacts to water quality and watersheds in glacial environments and sat on peer review boards for academic publications. As a professional environmental scientist Katie has extensive experience writing and analyzing NEPA documents. She has spent ten years conducting environmental field studies on federal lands throughout the western United States and Alaska, leading water quality, wildlife, fisheries, vegetation, and wetland baseline studies and remediation projects. Her intensive background as an environmental scientist gives her an in depth knowledge on how to protect and conserve public lands and find the balance of climbing access and resource protection to ensure long term access and enjoyment of America’s treasured public lands.