Full Committee
Nominations Hearing

April 6, 2005 09:15 AM

406 Dirksen EPW Hearing Room

Michael Butler

nominated by the President to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Foundation

Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to address the record regarding my appointment by President George W. Bush to the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Foundation for Scholarship and Environmental Excellence in National Environmental Policy. I appreciate the opportunity to testify in writing, and I am willing to appear at the request of any duly constituted committee of Congress as a witness.


Concerning my ability to serve, I know of no matters currently that would put me in a conflict of interest with the Board of Trustees should I be confirmed by the Senate.

Secondly, my experience and education have prepared me to serve in the capacity of board trustee. As the executive director of a 60-year old wildlife and conservation non-profit in Tennessee, I am thoroughly familiar with non-profit organizational management, budgetary processes, and board duties, both fiduciary and volunteer.

Additionally, as a classically trained wildlife biologist and former Director of Conservation for the Tennessee Conservation League, I have worked in several areas similar in scope to the work of the Foundation, particularly in natural resource conflict-resolution efforts, the creation of successful natural resource policy, and support of natural resource education programs.

The Udall Foundation provides a valuable national service, as the environmental challenges facing our country require workable solutions. It is Morris K. Udall’s commitment to civility, integrity, and consensus that makes the Foundation’s approach to environmental challenges so vitally important.

I consider it an honor to be selected to serve on this board, and look forward to furthering the work of the Foundation. Should you or any member of your committee wish to contact me, please feel free to do so at your convenience.