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Letter to the editor: Former BLM Director endorses Manning

Letter to the editor: Former BLM Director endorses Manning

As a retired Montana state director for the Bureau of Land Management, I am keenly interested in the agency’s stewardship of our public lands. So, earlier this month, I watched the Senate confirmation hearing for Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the agency.

Her opening statement demonstrated why Stone-Manning is the right leader at the right time for the BLM. She is passionate about public lands and has the experience to bring people together to find durable solutions. Without a Senate confirmed director for four years, the BLM needs a leader who will listen, collaborate, and lead the agency in fulfilling its multiple-use mandate and the day-to-day operations of managing our public lands. She has demonstrated ability to work constructively with all public land stakeholders.

As a Montanan, she understands the unique challenges facing public lands and the communities that rely on them better than anyone. It will be a great honor – and good for our state — if Tracy Stone-Manning is confirmed to lead the BLM – only the second Montanan to fill the post. I was pleased to see Sen. Jon Tester standing up in full support for Tracy Stone Manning. I urge Sen. Steve Daines to join Tester in supporting Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination and working to ensure a swift confirmation by the full Senate. The BLM needs her leadership now more than ever.

Mike Penfold

Billings

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