President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tracy Stone-Manning received a stamp of disapproval from the agency’s director under former Barack Obama over her involvement in a tree spiking plot decades ago.
The first BLM director to serve during the Obama years, Robert Abbey, said during an interview this week with States Newsroom that Stone-Manning’s involvement in the tree-spiking incident should preclude her from assuming the role that he once held.
“BLM needs a really strong leader,” Abbey told the outlet. “To put someone in that position that has this type of resume will just bring needless controversy that is not good for the agency or for the public lands.”
Tree spiking is when a metal rod is inserted into a tree trunk typically in a manner so that it is concealed from view. It was a tactic used to prevent
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