Carlee Elke serves as the Tribal District Conservationist for the Box Elder, Montana NRCS Field Office which services the Rocky Boys Chippewa Cree Reservation located in the beautiful Bears Paw Mountains. She also serves collateral duty as the American Indian Alaska Native Female Representative on the National Civil Rights Advisory Committee to the Chief (NCRACC). Ms. Elke joined the agency in 2008 and has worked in six Field Office locations throughout North Dakota and Montana. Carlee's conservation experience and resource expertise encompasses multiple land uses and ownership types including private, state, tribal, public, and reclaimed lands. She is an advocate of common sense conservation, copious customer service, and helping conserve working lands and working families.
Carlee grew up in North Dakota and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in Natural Resources Management with minors in Anthropology, Soil Science, and coursework in Spanish. Her passion and appreciation for conservation, preservation, and sustainability derives from her interest in the outdoors, fly fishing, hunting, hiking, and being associated with agriculture all her life. Carlee’s family farms and ranches in North Dakota with their operations consisting of small grains, sugar beets, edible beans, cattle, and hayland production. In her spare time, Carlee enjoys running marathons and partaking in community organizations and events. She is affiliated with the American Indian Alaska Native Employees Association (AIANEA), Society for Range Management (SRM), Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), 4H, and Havre Trails.
Ms. Elke is honored to join the WiN Executive Board for a second consecutive term as Treasurer of Membership and to have the opportunity to help provide mentorship and resources to other professional women in NRCS.