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Stone-Manning Nomination Highlights Biden Administration’s Commitment to Balanced, Responsible Lands Management

'President Biden Absolutely Could Not Have Nominated Anyone Better to Lead Restoration, Conservation, Stewardship of America’s Public Lands for Benefit of All Americans, Wildlife'

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation heralded President Biden’s nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to serve as the next Director of the Bureau of Land Management and to steward the nation’s public lands for the benefit of people and wildlife alike. Stone-Manning, who serves as Senior Advisor for Conservation Policy at the National Wildlife Federation, should be swiftly confirmed to this important post.

“President Biden absolutely could not have nominated anyone better to lead the restoration, conservation, and stewardship of America’s public lands for the benefit of all Americans and wildlife,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “As a Montanan, an avid hunter and hiker, and a world-class conservation mind, Tracy is uniquely prepared to be the transformational leader our nation needs at the Bureau of Land Management. Just as she’s brought visionary leadership to the National Wildlife Federation, Tracy will bring the same collaborative, common-sense and bipartisan approach to running our nation’s largest land management agency. We urge swift confirmation by the U.S. Senate.”

Stone-Manning joined the National Wildlife Federation in September 2017 to lead its public lands program as Associate Vice President for Public Lands and she was promoted last winter to Senior Advisor for Conservation Policy. Before joining the Federation, she served as Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s chief of staff, where she oversaw day-to-day operations of his cabinet and the state’s 11,000 employees. She stepped into that post after serving as the director of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, overseeing the state’s water, air, mining and remediation programs. She served as a regional director and senior advisor to Senator Jon Tester during his first term, focusing on forestry issues. Early in her career, she led the Clark Fork Coalition, a regional conservation group, as it advocated successfully for Superfund cleanups that created thousands of jobs and revitalized a river. The group also co-owned and managed a cattle ranch in the heart of the Superfund site.  

Raised in a big, Navy family — her dad commanded a submarine — she was guided into public service from childhood. She is a backpacker, hunter and singer, and has been married to the writer Richard Manning for 30 years. She lives in Missoula, Montana and holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. She started her career as an intern with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C., in 1987.

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