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Bush picks Utah natural resources director to manage 264 million acres of federal land

WASHINGTON (AP) – Utah natural resources manager Kathleen Clarke is President Bush’s choice to head the Bureau of Land Management, overseeing 264 million acres of America’s public lands mostly in 12 Western states, The Associated Press has learned.

Bush was planning to announce his intention to nominate Clarke for the job within the Interior Department, government sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday.

Clarke told members of her staff Monday of the impending announcement, one of the sources said.

The 51-year-old director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources is a lawyer who began her government career as a receptionist for the late Republican Sen. Wallace Bennett, who represented Utah from 1951 through 1974.

She later worked for Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, who now chairman of the House Resources Committee.

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