Viewpoint: Bureau of Land Management no better under Stone-Manning than under Trump

By Mike Garrity, Executive Director, Alliance for the Wild Rockies
The Missoula Current
December 13, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

It’s incredibly disappointing, but the Bureau of Land Management is no better under Tracy Stone-Manning’s leadership than under Trump.  While the examples pile up nationally, here in Stone-Manning’s home state the agency is attempting to dodge required public review and comment for a massive 16,066-acre clearcutting and burning project that will bulldoze 22 miles of new roads in the Garnet Mountains in grizzly, bull trout, and lynx critical habitat.  An agency whistleblower informed me that Erin Carey, Stone-Manning’s Missoula Field Office Manager, is violating the National Environmental Policy Act in a number of ways to ram the project through.  According to the whistleblower, Carey also insisted the agency not go through the standard scoping period to ask the public what important environmental issues needed to be evaluated. She reportedly told staff that while conservation groups carefully watch the Forest Service, they don’t notice the Bureau of Land Management.

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