The White House expressed support on Tuesday for Tracy Stone-Manning, President Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management, amid mounting calls among GOP lawmakers to disqualify her from consideration over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking incident in Idaho.
“Tracy Stone-Manning is a dedicated public servant who has years of experience and a proven track record of finding solutions and common ground when it comes to our public lands and waters,” the White House said in a statement. “She is exceptionally qualified to be the next Director of the Bureau of Land Management.”
Biden nominated Stone-Manning in April to serve as director of the Bureau of Land Management, a sub-agency of the Interior Department that administers federal lands. The Senate has yet to hold a confirmation vote.
Stone-Manning has faced scrutiny over her links to environmental activists who placed spikes in trees in an effort to sabotage a timber sale in Boise, Idaho in 1989. She admitted to sending a letter to federal officials warning trees were spiked in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest and “a lot
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