Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Steve Bullock, Tracy Stone Manning

FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Tracy Stone-Manning, left, is named by Gov.-elect Steve Bullock to run the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, in Helena, Mont. Stone-Manning has been nominated by President Joe Biden to lead an agency that oversees about a quarter-billion acres of public lands in western states. (AP Photo/Matt Gouras, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated Tracy Stone-Manning of Missoula, Montana, to direct the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management.

She will oversee roughly a quarter-billion acres of federally owned land in Western states.

It’s the latest in a string of political appointments raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy production from public reserves.

The bureau has jurisdiction over vast reserves of oil, gas and coal and is set to play a key role in Biden’s commitment announced Thursday to cut climate warming emissions from fossil fuels by at least half by 2030.

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