Rep. Lauren Boebert joined House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, and 71 additional members of Congress in a letter condemning Biden’s nomination of an eco-terrorist extremist to lead the Bureau of Land Management and asking for her nomination to be withdrawn.
Rep. Lauren Boebert stated: “Tracy Stone-Manning is a terrorist and her terrorist boobytraps still threaten the lives of foresters and firefighters to this day. She has never assisted investigators in locating or removing the 500 pounds of tree spikes she helped plant in the Clearwater National Forest. She is such a disaster that a Biden White House official called her nomination ‘a massive vetting failure’ and Obama’s former director of the Bureau of Land Management condemned her nomination. Stone-Manning’s extremist anti-government, pro-population control, anti-law enforcement, pro-wildfire, tree-worshipping, anti-farmer, and anti-responsible energy views are more than enough to disqualify any nominee, but her involvement in an eco-terrorist tree spiking attack—threatening the lives of wildland firefighters, loggers, and mill workers—is beyond the pale. More information and lies continue to come out by the day about Stone-Manning’s extremist activities. She belongs in federal prison, not in the director’s office of a federal agency. If the Biden regime is serious about rooting out domestic terrorism, it needs to start with pulling Stone-Manning’s nomination. If Colorado Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper decide to vote for Stone-Manning again anyway, they should at least ensure that Colorado scores a win by securing a commitment from the Biden administration to keep the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Grand Junction prior to casting cloture and final confirmation votes in her favor.”
Tracy Stone-Manning is a radicalized environmental terrorist whose repugnant philosophy includes tenets such as: “we must breed fewer consuming humans,” children are “environmental hazard[s],” ranchers are “destroying the West,” and “the solution to houses [threatened by wildfires] is to let them burn.” Her hateful language spilled over into terrorism when she became involved in a tree-spiking attack threatening the lives of wildland firefighters, foresters, and mill workers in Idaho.
Tree spiking is an eco-terrorist tactic in which extremists hide long metal spikes in tree trunks so that they explode upon impact with a chainsaw or sawmill blade. The Washington Post describes tree spiking as “among the most vicious of [ecoterrorist] strategies.” If a wildland firefighter’s chainsaw hits a tree spike while clearing a fireline, it explodes like a grenade and the shrapnel can maim or kill him or her. Stone-Manning’s actions were not petty vandalism—her letter explicitly states that the spikes are designed to “injure” workers, and it shows her intent that “a lot of people could get hurt” if the forest was ever logged. Stone-Manning literally planned attacks where 500 pounds of 8-to-10-inch tree spikes were jammed into trees designated for harvest. Her cold-blooded actions demonstrate a murderous resolve to kill and a foreknowledge that the tree spiking attack she was involved in threatened the lives of foresters and firefighters.
Lumber mill worker George Alexander experienced the tragic consequences of tree spiking in 1987 while he was splitting logs and a tree spike caused his saw to explode—slashing his face from eye to chin, breaking his teeth, and cutting his jaw in half. Tree spiking is a deadly matter, but environmental extremist groups like Earth First!—which Stone-Manning was involved in—call it “fun.” Stone-Manning should ask Mr. Alexander if he thinks tree spiking is harmless fun.
Rep. Boebert has stood strong in condemning Biden’s nomination of Stone-Manning to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management. Rep. Boebert stated, “America does not negotiate with terrorists, and it certainly shouldn’t appoint one to lead a federal agency.”
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recognizes the severity of Stone-Manning’s terrorist involvement, and she distanced herself on Tuesday, saying “she is the President’s nominee…I didn’t nominate her.”
Stone-Manning is a terrorist, and she also committed a felony in perjuring herself to Congress when she lied twice to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The first lie was that she denied ever being investigated by U.S. Special Agents, and the second lie was that she denied participating in tree spiking.
Retired Special Agent Michael Merkley was the lead investigator into the Clearwater National Forest tree spiking, and he describes Stone-Manning as “extremely difficult to work with; in fact, she was the nastiest of the suspects. She was vulgar, antagonistic, and extremely anti-government. She was very uncooperative…” Stone-Manning has misrepresented her role in the tree spiking incident, claiming to be merely an innocent bystander. Special Agent Merkely made clear that this is not the case and that “Stone-Manning…planned the tree spiking” from the beginning. She “only came forward [4 years later]…after her attorney struck the immunity deal…at no time did she come forward of her own volition.”
On Tuesday, all Senate Democrats—including Colorado’s Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet—voted to discharge Stone-Manning’s nomination to the Senate floor. While Stone-Manning should never hold office due to her egregiously disqualifying involvement in terrorism, if Bennet and Hickenlooper are going to vote for her anyways, Colorado should at least score a victory from it.
Colorado Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck, and Doug Lamborn called on Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet to refuse to advance Stone-Manning’s nomination until they secure a commitment from the Biden administration to keep the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Grand Junction in order to retain Western stakeholders’ voices in the decisions that impact their daily lives. If the junior senator from Michigan was able to hold up eight Department of Defense nominations to secure a victory for his state, Colorado should expect nothing less of its senators. Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper share Rep. Boebert’s bipartisan commitment to ensuring the headquarters remain in Grand Junction and taking this simple procedural step would put action to their words. Their decision will demonstrate if their true loyalties are to Colorado or to the Biden regime.