Where are the now?
Birthday: July 27, 1977
Current Residence: Davis, California
I remember when: “I was young playing in the Gore Creek, hunting for golf balls and tubing.”
Where is he/she now: Last August, Clark was married at Shrine Mountain Inn on Vail Pass. Anyone who has visited the Shrine Mountain huts can attest that it is a “perfect” location for such a celebration, and well-suited to Clark and his wife, Kayce.
Clark is a 1995 graduate of VMS. He completed his undergraduate degree in environmental biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During the summers, he returned home to work for Fly Fishing Outfitters. He now resides in Davis, California with his wife, where he is earning a masters degree in land use planning at the University of California.
When he was young, Clark and his family lived in Vail but later moved downvalley.
“After the 1989 championships, everything changed,” said Clark. Growing up in the valley gave him a front row seat to observe land use successes and failures, which is what he now studies in graduate school.
“My love of Vail and seeing the valley and its community change inspired me to go back to school,” Clark said.
While in California, Clark is working for a local government commission. Their objective is to create guidelines and principles to incorporate water use into land use planning. The correlation between water use and land use planning is one that is pivotal to the future of the valley, he said.
“One would think that it would be obvious to consider water in land planning,” Clark said. ” Unfortunately in many cases it gets overlooked.”
He believes that decisions made in the land use process directly affect a community. Clark recalls a day when the valley was a tight-knit community, when it was easier to get to know people.
“Over the years it has been hard to watch the natural asthetics of the valley change. I’m used to the buildings, it’s the changes in the community that are hardest to swallow,” he said.
Like so many others, Clark has taken up kayaking, a sport that he can do year-round in California.
“It makes me feel alive,” he said. “It puts my mind, body and sprit in a great spot.”
So Clark will continue to enjoy the recreational activities that he grew up with, all the while working towards his masters degree in land use planning. In the meantime the valley will continue to grow, but Clark hopes to return and apply a combination of local knowledge and his education to assist with land use issues.
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