For Immediate Release: June 4, 2021
Helena, Montana — Montana Audubon is excited to support Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management. As a Montanan with decades of experience working in public policy and collaborating with diverse stakeholders, Stone-Manning is the kind of leader the BLM needs to manage our public lands and make sure they work for all of us, including birders, hunters, anglers, recreationalists, wildlife, ranchers, local governments, and more. In Montana, our public lands support native birds and other wildlife, one-of-a-kind recreational opportunities, and our state and local economies. Stone-Manning’s experience and balanced approach will ensure that future management decisions benefit all and are guided by science.
Montana Audubon’s Executive Director Larry Berrin said “Tracy is a proven leader who involves everyone in important decisions and actions that affect our public lands. This collaborative approach is what we need at the helm of BLM. She has held several positions in government and has a reputation for working across the political spectrum to solve complex and challenging problems. This experience balancing the many uses of our public lands will make her an especially effective leader at the BLM.”
Stone-Manning currently serves as senior advisor for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation. Before her time at NWF, she was the chief of staff for Governor Steve Bullock, director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Jon Tester. She led NWF’s campaign to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Earlier in her career, she led a river conservation organization that successfully advocated for hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up the Clark Fork River, one of our nation’s largest Superfund sites.
For 45 years, Montana Audubon has promoted the appreciation, knowledge, and conservation of our native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations. The organization achieves this mission through science, education, and policy.