May Recreation Exchange


Special Guest:

The Honorable Kathleen Clarke

Director, Bureau of Land Management

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 19th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

COST: $50 per person for non-Recreation Exchange subscribers

RSVP: By noon on Tuesday, May 17th (202)-682-9530 or

The American Recreation Coalition is delighted to announce that its special guest for the May 2005 Recreation Exchange will be Kathleen Clarke, Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Confirmed by the Senate as BLM’s Director in December 2001, Ms. Clarke is responsible for the agency’s stewardship of 262 million acres of land and more than 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate across the country. Most of the country’s BLM-managed public lands are located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. These lands, once remote, now provide the growing communities of the West with the open space that gives the region much of its character.

As Director, Ms. Clarke has worked with the leadership of the BLM to chart a course for the agency guided by this vision: To enhance the quality of life for all citizens through the balanced stewardship of America's public lands and resources. The principles of management, leadership and public service that she brings to her duties as Director are reflected in the organizational values that the BLM has now formally adopted: To serve with honesty, integrity, accountability, respect, courage and commitment to make a difference.

Prior to her appointment as Director, Ms. Clarke served as Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources in Utah. In that post she gained extensive experience in resource management issues and led the Department's efforts to build collaborative partnerships among federal, state and tribal interests, local communities and private organizations. Ms. Clarke's career in public service also includes work in the legislative branch of the U.S. government. On the staff of U.S. Representative James V. Hansen of Utah, she held the positions of Executive Director of his Ogden, Utah office and Director of Constituent Services. She also served as an assistant to the late Senator Wallace Bennett of Utah. A native of Bountiful, Utah, Ms. Clarke attended Utah State University in Logan, graduating cum laude with a B.A. degree in political science.

In early 2002, as Ms. Clarke began her service as BLM Director, ARC was honored to host her at a Recreation Exchange. Be sure to join us on May 19th as Ms. Clarke provides us with an update on her overall perspectives as BLM Director. In addition, we look forward to hearing her comments about the management of outdoor recreation – especially OHV’s – on public lands, the implementation of the new fee legislation, and next week’s Forum on Outdoor Recreation in the West.

Please call us at 202-682-9530 or send an e-mail to by noon on May 17th to let us know your plans.