Sean Clarkson was raised in the foothills of central Virginia, just east of the first spine of the Blue Ridge. His early years were spent roaming those hills, venturing into the now-Wilderness Areas nearby in search of small game, whitetail deer, and trout. His experiences there and throughout his later years led to a lifelong commitment to the outdoors and conservation in the tradition of Leupold, Muir, and Roosevelt. This led him to Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a group he believes embodies those same ideals and is vitally important to habitat and species conservation.
Sean began his “academic adventures” at Virginia Tech in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Science and later finished a baccalaureate degree in Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College. He then obtained a Master’s in Resource Management & Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School and a law degree from Vermont Law School. Those same years were spent working for The Nature Conservancy in the Lake Champlain Valley and clerkships for a wind power company in Vermont and a trial judge in central Virginia. Sean’s professional experience spans those endeavors as well as time with a small Virginia law firm and several years as a registered financial adviser, and has returned to the nonprofit and environmental fields. He is now with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as their Director of Development for Central Virginia.
Sean’s passions for hunting and fishing have led him afield in most all the Eastern seaboard states, as well as several in the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Whether he’s pursuing whitetails in the fall, trout whenever and wherever he can, trying to pass along the sporting heritage to his daughter, or simply taking a good hike through the backcountry, Sean’s never happier than when afield.
He and his wife currently live in Spotsylvania, Virginia. Sean travels the state working for the Chesapeake Bay and his wife commutes into Washington, DC, where she is a truly talented rare book conservator.