Tracy Stone-Manning, the EarthFirst! leader, who denied her involvement in an Idaho tree spiking incident in the 90’s, was approved by the Senate on September 30th, to hold the position as Director of the Bureau of Land Management. The vote went as expected along party lines of 50 – 45. The notably absent Republicans were Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, John Cornyn of Texas, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. Stone-Manning now oversees the management of 245 million acres of surface estate and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate.
The Senator’s who fought hard against the nomination include Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah, Jim Risch of Idaho, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso of Wyoming.