Tracy Stone-Manning is Uniquely Qualified to Steward Our Nation’s Public Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The National Wildlife Federation and 47 of its state and territorial affiliates urged the U.S. Senate to swiftly confirm Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the Bureau of Land Management so she can get to work conserving and restoring our nation’s public lands and wildlife, ensuring our natural resources are managed for the benefit of all users, and safeguarding access to our public lands for hunters, anglers, and all who enjoy the outdoors.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the conservation organizations noted that Stone-Manning has the experience and temperament to restore order at an agency that has been bereft of a Senate-confirmed leader for over four years. Stone-Manning’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will be held Tuesday, June 8th.  

“Tracy Stone-Manning has dedicated her career to the responsible conservation of America’s public lands. Throughout her time as chief of staff to Governor Steve Bullock, director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and as an adviser to U.S. Senator Jon Tester, she has worked to ensure our public lands are managed for the benefit of all users. She brought this philosophy to the National Wildlife Federation where she has led its public lands program and served as a senior advisor to its CEO and leadership,” the organizations said in the letter.

The organizations also noted that as a Westerner and avid outdoorswoman, she is uniquely qualified to oversee the agency that oversees 245 million acres of public land. “Stone-Manning understands not only the challenges facing our public lands, but also the central role these lands play in the lives and livelihoods of hardworking Americans. As a hunter, she understands how policy decisions around energy development, outdoor recreation, and public access affect wildlife and the families that rely upon them. For these reasons alone, she is the right leader to rebuild the agency and restore the public’s trust in this crucial lands-management agency.”

As a thought-leader who is known to bring diverse groups of people together to solve difficult problems, Stone-Manning’s nomination signals the Biden administration’s determination to bring balance back to land management decisions in order to conserve and restore public lands for future generations.

The letter’s signatories are:

National Wildlife Federation
Arizona Wildlife Federation
Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Association of Northwest Steelheaders
Colorado Wildlife Federation
Connecticut Forest and Park Association
Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma
Conservation Council for Hawai'i
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Conservation Northwest
Delaware Nature Society
Environmental Advocates NY
Environmental Council of Rhode Island
Florida Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation
Idaho Wildlife Federation
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Iowa Wildlife Federation
Kansas Wildlife Federation
Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Louisiana Wildlife Federation
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
Montana Wildlife Federation
National Aquarium
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Nebraska Wildlife Federation
Nevada Wildlife Federation
New Jersey Audubon
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
North Dakota Wildlife Federation
Ohio Conservation Federation
Planning and Conservation League
Prarie Rivers Network
Sociedad Ornitologica Puertorriquena, Inc
South Dakota Wildlife Federation
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Texas Conservation Alliance
Utah Wildlife Federation
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Virgin Islands Conservation Society
Virginia Conservation Network
West Virginia Rivers Coalition
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Wyoming Wildlife Federation


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