Lee has a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in wildlife management from West Virginia University. He served as forest wildlife biologist for the Siskiyou National Forest for 29 years and for the Rogue River National Forest (now the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest) for 8 years, ultimately retiring from the Forest Service in 2004. He has extensive experience in managing endangered, threatened, and sensitive plants and animals, and has consulted frequently on the Endangered Species Act with the USDI Fish and Wildlife Service. Lee has a life-long interest in environmental education, and is an avid and accomplished photographer. Lee has served as an instructor for the Institute for several years.