Things are getting worse for Tracy Stone-Manning, President Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management.
If confirmed, Stone-Manning would run an agency to manage 245 million acres of public land and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral wealth, according to the BLM.
But his ties to the 1989 tree-spiking plot led to intense Republican opposition.
He testified, in exchange for immunity, that he retyped and sent an anonymous letter to the US Forest Service on behalf of his former roommate and friend John P. Blount. The letter told the Forest Service that 500 pounds of “spikes 8 to 10 inches in length” had been jammed into the trees of the Idaho forest.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and each Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee have urged Biden to withdraw his nomination.
The nominee’s written replies to senators have raised questions about her veracity.
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In her initial round of written answers, she denied ever being the target of a criminal investigation – but her own past statements, as well as the principal investigator on the case, directly refute that claim.
“She told the committee she had never been the subject of an investigation and still complained about the investigation to the press,” Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the top Republican on the committee, previously told LBL.
Stone-Manning, in written responses to follow-up questions from senators, which have been reviewed by LBL, said that he had no “personal knowledge” of any tree-cutting plot during his lifetime.
But two people were convicted in the 1989 tree-cutting conspiracy Told E&E News that Stone-Manning actually foresaw the plot. However, two other co-conspirators involved in the conspiracy said that they were not aware of the conspiracy in advance.
In 1989, a few months before Tree Spiking, Stone-Manning promoted an environmental festival that included a “tree-spiking contest”. archives Montana Caiman’s review by LBL. This revelation has not been reported before.
Tree Spiking is a Dangerous and Violent eco-terrorism A device in which metal rods are inserted to prevent the cutting of trees. Metal rods that saw, in turn, seriously injure people, such as a mill worker whose jaw was divided into two With a blast saw.
Stone-Manning’s ideas on population control have also raised eyebrows. She argued in her undergraduate thesis that Americans need to engage in population control to protect the environment.
The White House has so far stood by its candidate.
LBL’ Houston Keene contributed reporting