Kathleen Clarke (civil servant)

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Kathleen Burton Clarke was the national director of the United States Bureau of Land Management from 2001–2006.

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Early life and education[edit]

Clarke received her bachelor's degree from Utah State University.[1][2] She was a law student at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.[citation needed]

Clarke is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was raised in Bountiful, Utah. She was the daughter of Hubert C. Burton, a medical doctor, and his wife the former Elaine Nelson.[3]


Prior to becoming director of the BLM, Clarke served as the executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources.[4] She had worked as a staffer for James V. Hansen and Senator Wallace F. Bennett before that.[5]

During her directing of the BLM, it was often criticized by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for allowing oil drilling at low cost.[6] This action increased domestic oil production and decreased oil production costs, thus keeping the rise in fuel costs below what it otherwise might have been.[citation needed]

Clarke sought to increase energy resource development on public lands. She was criticized for policies that ended up slaughtering many wild horses.[7]

Clarke later served as deputy commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.[8]


  1. ^ President Bush to Nominate Clarke to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management at the Department of the Interior. News & Policies. The White House. August 27, 2001. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06.
  2. ^ 2010, Utah State University -. "Utah State University Greats". www.usu.edu.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Hubert C. Burton, M.D." Deseret News. April 16, 2000. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  4. ^ Deseret News
  5. ^ Spangler, Donna Kemp (December 22, 2001). "Utahn OK'd to lead BLM". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  6. ^ "sierraactivist.org - This website is for sale! - Activist environment activism organization Resources and Information". sierraactivist.org.
  7. ^ Struglinski, Suzanne (December 29, 2006). "Utahn resigns from BLM". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  8. ^ Perkins, Nancy (February 3, 2008). "Land policies, climate are hot topics at farm meeting". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved 2009-05-21.