Tracey Stone-Manning, a nominee led by President Biden’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), received a rejection stamp from the director of the former Barack Obama-led agency decades ago for his involvement in a tree pruning plan.
Robert Abe, the first BLM director to serve under the Obama administration, said in an interview with the States Newsroom this week that Stone-Manning’s involvement in the tree-spreading incident should have prevented him from taking on the role he once played.
“The BLM really needs a strong leader,” Abby told the outlet. “Putting someone like this in a resume would only lead to unnecessary controversy that is not good for the agency or the public.”
When spiking a tree, the metal rod is usually serted on the trunk of the tree so that it is hidden from view. This was a strategy to prevent the sale of wood as the wood could cut the cutting tools. This is considered a federal crime.
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As previously reported by Fox News, Stone-Manning was involved in a lawsuit in which a threatening letter was sent to the U.S. Forest Service in 1989 to prevent the removal of Idaho trees. The letter claimed that 500 pounds of 10-inch-long spike trees were planted.
Stone-Manning later testified against two other people convicted in the case, claiming he mailed the letter as a request for restraint. He was given immunity.
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U.S. Sen. John Barraso, a ranking Republican in the Senate Energy Committee, said Friday that Stone-Manning should be disqualified for cooperating with “extreme environmentalists.”
“Tracy Stone-Manning collaborated with the eco-terrorists,” Barraso said in a statement. “He worked with the ultimate environmental activists who spread the trees and threatened the lives and livelihoods of the loggers. He was acquitted of the case for testifying against his associates in court, but his actions were reprehensible.”
No vote was scheduled on his nomination. Every Republican in the Senate plus at least one Democratic lawmaker must block his nomination.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.