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Mormon Woman Confirmed as BLM Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Kathleen Clarke, a Mormon and mother of four, was confirmed as the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on December 20th. The agency oversees 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral resources, a budget of about $1.8 billion and 9,000 employees. But it is a focal point for conflict. Already environmentalists and multiple-use advocates are anticipating Clarke's decisions and preparing for battle.

"I think Kathleen will do a great job," said Mike Noel, general manager of Kane County Water Conservancy District and a member of the Kanab chapter of People for the USA, a group calling for multiple use of public lands. "She has always been fair and will provide some balance to public lands," he added. "And for Utah it's an added benefit. I think she will be great for Utah."

"It is a victory for those who want to exploit public lands for short-term greed," said Mike Reberg, spokesman for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. "For those of us trying to protect Utah's remaining wild places, we have some hard years ahead of us."

However, many interest groups praise her skill at finding compromises. While working for the Utah Department of Natural Resources, she created a $3 million fund to protect and recover endangered species, she developed a management plan to balance the uses of the Great Salt Lake, and she implemented mineral development on state-owned lands.


Senate Confirms Utah's Clarke to Head BLM
Salt Lake Tribune 22Dec01 T2
By Judy Fahys: Salt Lake Tribune


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