Simpson Named To Natural Resources Post At USDA
Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Mark Rey today announced the appointment of Melissa M. Simpson as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. As deputy under secretary, Simpson will be responsible for policy relating to the programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.
“Melissa brings to this position extensive experience in public lands policy including forest management, wildfire, energy, wildlife, water, grazing and recreation issues,” Rey said. “Her understanding and appreciation of these issues will serve USDA well as we proceed with the development and implementation of a new farm bill.”
Simpson most recently served as Counselor to Rey. Prior to her appointment, she was Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior. From 2003 to 2005 she served as Deputy Director for External and Intergovernmental Affairs to Interior Secretary Gale Norton, where she worked with senior policy officials and stakeholders on a wide variety of natural resources issues involving conservation and management of public lands.
From 2001 to 2003 Simpson served as the senior legislative assistant for natural resources to Congressman Scott McInnis (CO, Ret.), where she played a key role in the passage of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 and other natural resources legislation. Simpson is from Colorado, a graduate of Colorado State University and Creighton University School of Law.
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