PHOENIX (April 22, 2021) — The Arizona Wildlife Federation commends the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, overseeing more than 245 million acres of public lands. Stone-Manning is a Westerner who has spent much of her career working on public lands issues. She currently serves as the senior advisor for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation.
“I can think of no finer person to steward our public lands than Tracy Stone-Manning. As an avid hunter, backpacker and lifelong conservationist, she has a deep and abiding love for our nation’s lands and waters. Her tireless work, both as a public servant in Montana and then at the National Wildlife Federation, has ensured that our public lands are sustainably managed for the benefit of all users. The Arizona Wildlife Federation looks forward to working with her to make sure our lands – and the people and wildlife that depend on them – will continue to thrive for future generations,” said Scott Garlid, executive director of the Arizona Wildlife Federation.
Stone-Manning joined the National Wildlife Federation in 2017 to lead its public lands program and was promoted last winter to senior advisor for conservation policy. Before joining the Federation, she served as Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s chief of staff, where she oversaw day-to-day operations of his cabinet and the state’s 11,000 employees. She stepped into that post after serving as the director of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, overseeing the state’s water, air, mining and remediation programs. She served as a regional director and senior advisor to Senator Jon Tester during his first term, focusing on forestry issues. Early in her career, she led the Clark Fork Coalition, a regional conservation group, as it advocated successfully for Superfund cleanups that created thousands of jobs and revitalized a river. The group also co-owned and managed a cattle ranch in the heart of the Superfund site.
Raised in a big, Navy family — her dad commanded a submarine — she was guided into public service from childhood. She is a backpacker, hunter and singer, and has been married to the writer Richard Manning for 30 years. She lives in Missoula, Montana and holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and an B.A. from the University of Maryland. She started her career as an intern with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. in 1987.
Contact: Scott Garlid, Arizona Wildlife Federation, Scott@AZWildlife.org, 480-487-4663