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Biden Expected To Nominate Tracy Stone-Manning As BLM Lead

Tracy Stone-Manning

A Montanan is reportedly expected to be President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management. Several news outlets, including E&E News and the Associated Press, report the administration’s decision to nominate Missoula’s Tracy Stone-Manning to the post.

Stone-Manning is currently the National Wildlife Federation's associate vice president for public lands. She could not be reached for comment Wednesday. 

Stone-Manning was a former chief of staff for former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, and directed the Department of Environmental Quality during his administration. Stone-Manning also served as a senior aide to Montana's Democratic U.S Senator Jon Tester. 

Tester endorsed her presumed nomination in a statement on Wednesday, describing her as "imminently qualified to take the helm at the Bureau of Land Management at such a critical time for the agency."

Stone-Manning has also won endorsements from several environmental groups, including the Center for Western Priorities and the Montana Wilderness Association.

Her nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

A spokesperson for Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines says he’ll review the record of whoever is chosen for the role, and will listen to Montanans’ feedback.

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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