Katy has 25 years of public and private experience in environmental law and policy. As a policy analyst, she brings a wealth of knowledge on complex issues involving the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act, Federal Power Act, and Superfund.

Formerly in the Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Agriculture, she advised the Forest Service on the Endangered Species Act, Forest Planning, Administrative Appeals, Hydropower Licensing, the National Environmental Policy Act, Range Management and Cultural Resources. Katy has intimate knowledge of public lands policy, and is experienced in land management, grazing, and permitting processes. When previously in private practice, Katy participated in Superfund site negotiations, and has experience with the Model Toxics Control Act, and the Shoreline Management Act.

  • Advised the Forest Service concerning range management and grazing permit issuance, focusing on the legal requirements of the ESA, NEPA, Administrative Procedure Act, National Forest Management Act and Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and assisted in related litigation 
  • Counseled the Forest Service regarding management of National Forest System lands in compliance with the Wilderness Act and the National Historic Preservation Act and assisted in related litigation such as that involving the Green Mountain Fire Lookout, Wilderness Watch v. Iwamoto, 853 F. Supp.2d 1063 (W.D. Wash. 2012).
  • Participated in an interagency committee to revise regulations of the Departments of Commerce, Interior and Agriculture governing Trial Type Hearings under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, an administrative process through which hydropower licensees have an opportunity to challenge agency mandatory conditions and fishway prescriptions.
Education & Clerkship

  • J.D., Hastings College of Law, University of California (1983), Order of the Coif, Environmental Law Society Director, Thurston Honor Society
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley (1979), Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Recognition & Activities

  • Katy has instructed classes at Bellevue College and South Seattle College, teaching undergraduate courses in Business Law, and continuing education classes on both the Bill of Rights and Environmental Protection: Law and Politics.
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