Josh Hawley Confronts Public Lands Chief For Lying About Involvement In Ecoterrorism

Josh Hawley Confronts Public Lands Chief For Lying About Involvement In Ecoterrorism

  • June 14, 2024

Tristian Justice, The Federalist

President Joe Biden’s director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was forced to answer questions about her role in a 1989 tree-spiking case this week before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

On Thursday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., accused BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning of lying to Congress about her role with a radical environmental group that “spiked” trees in the Clearwater National Forest near the Montana-Idaho border. Tree spiking consists of inserting metal rods into trees and is a form of ecoterrorism used by far-left activists in the 1980s and 1990s. The rods then become deadly projectiles when the trees are processed for logging. While they are intended to intimidate workers in the timber industry, metal mines planted in trees have also injured firefighters hastily working to extinguish massive blazes.

Stone-Manning’s contradictory testimony, delivered amid her turbulent confirmation process, became the subject of a complaint by a nonpartisan government watchdog group. Two weeks after Stone-Manning secured a party-line Senate approval, the transparency nonprofit Protect the Public’s Trust submitted a request that the Department of the Interior’s inspector general investigate the debacle, including whether agency employees assisted Stone-Manning in preparing her written testimony.

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