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President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management was involved in a 1989 ecoterrorist threat, avoiding prison only after agreeing to testify against another terrorist.
The Daily Caller reveals Tracy Stone-Manning was involved in a claimed 1989 “tree-spiking” incident, in which ecoterrorists concealed metal spikes in trees to make chainsaws explode. The aim of “tree-spiking” is to stop logging by maiming or killing loggers.
Court documents reveal in 1989 Stone-Manning mailed an anonymous threat to the U.S. Forest Service on behalf on ecoterrorist John P. Blount. Stone-Manning claimed trees in an Idaho forest had been sabotaged with spikes, warned loggers would be seriously injured or killed if they attempted to cut down trees, and appeared to also threaten law enforcement.
Stone-Manning’s letter claimed a team of eleven ecoterrorists spent nine days sabotaging trees in an Idaho forest slated for sale to loggers. She claimed “we unloaded a total of five hundred pounds of spikes measuring 8 to 10 inches in length” to potentially kill loggers.
“You bastards go in there anyway and a lot of people could get hurt,” Stone-Manning threatened.
She also appears to have threatened law enforcement, offering to buy the trees from loggers for $1 “but you would have to find me first and that could be your WORST nightmare.”
She signed the letter under the pseudonym “George Hayduke.”
Stone-Manning was immediately a suspect. Within a month federal investigators asked her to give handwriting and hair samples to a federal grand jury. When Blount was arrested in 1993 on domestic violence charges and his girlfriend informed police of Stone-Manning’s criminal activity, Stone-Manning finally admitted to authorities she mailed the threat, but claimed she did so at Blount’s direction.
Tree-spiking was made a federal felony in 1988 after a spiked tree caused a 12-foot-long saw to explode, nearly decapitating a sawmill worker.
Facing prosecution for her role in terrorism Stone-Manning cut a deal to receive legal immunity in exchange for her testimony. Blount received 17 years in prison.
Stone-Manning admitted retyping the threat letter “because my fingerprints were all over the original and I was scared.” She claims she never intended for anyone to be hurt, even though she waited four years until she herself faced violence, to admit to her role.
“Stone-Manning said she could have been charged with conspiracy because she mailed the letter for Blount, were it not for her agreement with the U.S. attorney,” the Missoula, Montana Missoulian newspaper reported May 21, 1993, adding “will be granted use immunity for the statements which she makes to the degree that it may incriminate her.”
In May Stone-Manning testified in writing to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee that she had never been the target of a federal investigation.
Many are wondering why Biden would nominate an eco-terrorist to head a federal agency.
“Tracy Stone-Manning collaborated with eco-terrorists,” Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Sen. John Barrasso tells The Daily Caller. “She worked with extreme environmental activists who spiked trees, threatening the lives and livelihoods of loggers.”
Despite her eco-terrorist activity, Montana Governor Steve Bullock named her director of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. She is currently a senior adviser to the National Wildlife Federation.