The primary investigator in a 1989 Idaho tree spiking case sent a letter to Senate lawmakers Wednesday with new details about the nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management’s role in an episode of ecoterrorism.
Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the nation’s federal lands, struck a deal for immunity with federal prosecutors in 1993 over her involvement in the incident where members of the radical environmental group Earth First! “spiked” trees in the Clearwater National Forest near the Montana-Idaho border. Tree spiking, wherein activists jam large metal rods into trees to explode in all directions upon mill processing, was a popular form of ecoterrorism aimed at workers in the lumber industry 30 years ago. The effort may also harm and even kill firefighters.
Until now, public knowledge of Stone-Manning’s involvement in the 1989 case extended to court testimony against her co-conspirators that she had re-typed a letter for her friend and former roommate, John T.