Recovering Ecoterrorist Likely to be Confirmed as BLM Director

Guest “This would make sense if it was the other BLM” by David Middleton

Does anyone here remember the ecoterrorist organization Earth First! and their terrorist attacks in the 1980’s?

DALE VAN ATTA March 5, 1990

George Alexander, a third-generation mill worker, was just starting his shift at the Louisiana-Pacific lumber mill in Cloverdale, Calif., when the log that would alter his life rolled down his conveyor belt toward a high-speed saw he was working on.

It was May 1987, and Alexander was 23. His job was to split logs. He was nearly three feet away when the log hit his saw and the saw exploded. One half of the blade stuck in the log. The other half hit Alexander in the head, tearing through his safety helmet and face shield. His face was slashed from eye to chin. His teeth were smashed and his jaw was cut in half.

Alexander had never even heard of a sabotage tactic called tree spiking until he became a victim of “eco-terrorism.” Someone who objected to tree cutting had imbedded a huge steel spike in the log that violently jammed the saw.


“The purpose of tree spiking is not to hurt anybody; it’s to keep trees from being cut,” said Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First, the most radical arm of the environmental movement.


Since its formation in 1980, Earth First has lived by the slogan “No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth.” Its followers have been known to chain themselves to trees, lie down in front of bulldozers and vandalize machinery. Many Earth First followers don’t take part in the eco-sabotage, but the tactics advocated by the group have made it the target of FBI scrutiny. Foreman is awaiting trial on a charge of conspiracy to tear down an electrical tower.


The Washington Post

Well… Unless Joe Manchin changes his mind, a former member of Earth First! is set to become the Director of the Bureau of Land Management…


Manchin backs Stone-Manning to lead Bureau of Land Management
Manchin plans to support the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, a spokesperson confirmed Monday.



Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) plans to support the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, a spokesperson confirmed Monday, a major boost for the nominee who is facing strong GOP opposition because of her connection to radical environmentalists in the 1980s.

Manchin’s support likely ensures the Energy Committee he chairs will deadlock on the Stone-Manning selection when it considers the pick on Thursday. All 10 Republicans wrote a letter last week urging President Joe Biden to abandon the pick over her role in a tree spiking incident carried out by members of the group Earth First! that was designed to stop logging in Montana’s forests.


Republicans have bashed her as an “eco-terrorist” and contended that she lied to lawmakers by saying she did not believe she had ever been the target of an investigation.

The now-retired federal investigator in the tree-spiking case said in a letter last week that Stone-Manning had displayed “vulgar, antagonistic, and extremely anti-government” behavior during the initial 1989 investigation, and that she knew she was a target in 1993 when she negotiated a cooperation agreement with prosecutors and testified against two men in the case.


Convicted tree spiker: Stone-Manning knew plans in advance
By Scott Streater, Jennifer Yachnin | 07/15/2021

A convicted felon and a former Forest Service investigator are contradicting Tracy Stone-Manning’s portrayal of her role in a 1980s tree-spiking incident in Idaho that has taken center stage in her nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management.


Stone-Manning, along with two other men who helped Blount, Fairchild and LaCrosse spike the trees, would later agree to testify against Blount and Fairchild in exchange for legal immunity.

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John the Econ
July 22, 2021 10:11 am

There is nothing a Progressive can do to permanently destroy their career as long as they are useful to the Progressive agenda.

Bill Powers
Reply to  John the Econ
July 22, 2021 11:23 am

short of killing babies and selling their organs for profit.

Oh Wait!

Tom Halla
July 22, 2021 10:14 am

Maybe Biden could pardon Ted Kaczinsky and appoint him instead?

Reply to  Tom Halla
July 22, 2021 10:34 am

That would be a bombastic nomination.

Reply to  Pauleta
July 22, 2021 5:05 pm

Thank you, Pauleta. That made me smile.


George T
Reply to  Tom Halla
July 22, 2021 12:17 pm

Ted would fly through the committee and garner enough votes in the Senate. The more left, crazy, bizarre and criminal you are assures your nomination and confirmation in the lunatic world of today: Progressive Socialist Democrats.

Reply to  Tom Halla
July 23, 2021 3:30 am

I’m sure he’d be a blast.

Rud Istvan
July 22, 2021 10:17 am

Biden continues to make the case for a 2022 Trumplican landslide taking back both House and Senate after primarying Murkowski, Cheney, and Kinzinger.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 22, 2021 11:30 am

In the House, Pelosi used one of her picks for the Jan 6 commission, to pick Cheney, so that she can continue the sham of calling the commission “bi-partisan”.
Cheney might as well stop pretending to be a Republican.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  MarkW
July 22, 2021 12:04 pm

Quisling Liz is finished in Wyoming. She knows it.

She can only hope now the her new-found Democratic Party affiliation will land her a patronage ambassador job, like it did for Jeff Flake of Arizona, after she leaves Congress in Jan 2023.

John Tillman
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
July 22, 2021 12:44 pm

She’s liable to sign a fat contract with CNN. Or run from northern VA.

There’s still a chance she could get reelected if too many other candidates run. A third of GOP voters in WY might yet like her. Trump needs to back a single opponent and urge others to stay out of the primary.

She might have a dozen opponents.

Reply to  John Tillman
July 22, 2021 2:04 pm

CNN loves fake Republicans who can be counted on to condemn real Republicans on cue.

John Tillman
Reply to  MarkW
July 22, 2021 2:23 pm

It’s a lucrative career track for former nominal Republicans, now washed up.

Reply to  MarkW
July 23, 2021 4:48 pm

I would suggest that 35% to 42% of all Republicans at any level of government are in fact closet Democrats. They just put an ‘R’ after their names to run in a district that would not elect a ‘D’. They are beyond being RINO’s. There are another 15% so-called Republicans who are Globalist first, Republicans 2nd, and barely have any of American 1st values.

July 22, 2021 10:24 am

Dear Senator Merkley,

As a political representative from a (former) logging town (and region) I expect that you are aware of the damage that occurred through the coordinated activities of Earth First, and its members (inclusive of Tracey Stone-Manning). Numerous people, families, & businesses were hurt by such activities.

You should also be aware that she lied to congress … she was under investigation for a specific tree spiking incident.

You should also be aware that, in order to avoid prosecution, she cooperated with the FBI to convict her co-conspirators.

She lied about her involvement then, and now 30 years later she is still lying about the incident by saying she was not ever investigated for being involved in the crimes.

If you are considering voting to confirm, I would very like much to meet with you to remind you of the harm that such activities caused to individuals (and their families).

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  DonM
July 22, 2021 11:57 am

Senator Tester of Montana should also be embarrassed voting for this POS. Same for retired Naval Officer and Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona, it should be an embarrasment for a naval officer to vote to confirm such a unequivacable liar as Stone-Manning.

But voting to confirm an obvious liar fits right in with today’s Democrats. Ethical standards are obviously a hindrance to their agenda to destroy America.

Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  DonM
July 22, 2021 12:52 pm

Merkley, Testor, have done far more harm to people and the environment than even the Earth First! tree spiker who sought to rip the faces off tree fallers on fully authorized and permitted timber sales.

These terrorists have burned millions of acres and thousands of homes and businesses, and murdered hundreds of people with their Lock It Up, No Touch, Torch It Off policies. Make no mistake: they seek to eradicate humanity with no regard for “Nature”. They are monsters. They are not tree huggers who favor bugs and bunnies. They are cold blooded authoritarian tyrants who are comfortable with total destruction of the environment if it achieves their selfish political goals.

Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
July 22, 2021 2:06 pm

One Earth Firster once told me that since nobody would question someone who killed a person who was trying to rape his mother.
Therefor nobody should question his killing someone who was trying to rape Mother Earth.

Reply to  DonM
July 22, 2021 2:10 pm

Dear Senator Wyden,

I understand that your time in Oregon is limited, as you are very busy and your wife’s home and permanent residence is in New York (and your children live and attend school in New York); it is understandable that you don’t get back to Oregon very often. Given the multi-million dollar homes in New York & Washington D.C., it is understandable that you don’t really want to leave the comfort of the East Coast.

But you were here for a while, back when Earth First was active and was spiking trees. I expect you haven’t forgotten the problems & costs caused by the actions that were coordinated by Earth First and their adherents.

Tracey Stone-Manning was one such example of an Earth First member. It does not appear that she harmed anyone in Oregon; she may have limited her activities to Idaho & Wyoming, but her coordinated activities harmed rural Oregon just the same. The damage that occurred through the coordinated activities of Earth First, and its members (inclusive of Tracey Stone-Manning) still impact the lives of individuals and families today, 30 years after the fact.

If you ever do get back to Oregon I would very much like to get together with you to remind you of the direct and indirect harm that people like Stone-Manning inflicted on people that they didn’t even know. It’s understandable that your wife doesn’t come to Oregon with you, but if she lets you bring your kids I would be willing to entertain the whole gang.

Come back soon,

Don M

George Daddis
July 22, 2021 10:27 am

I don’t understand the thinking of Biden or his handlers who claim his objective is to “unify” the country (a requirement if the Democrats are to have a chance in2022) but then nominate, for virtually all positions, a person who both advocates for as well as exemplifies the extreme of every imaginable victim and activist group. Those groups are vocal but do they really represent a significant voting block?

I can’t be the only one who has become even more determined to oppose this administration and it’s ideology. It stands to reason he is alienating Independents.

Reply to  George Daddis
July 22, 2021 10:48 am

I don’t understand the thinking of Biden – oxymoron…..

bill Johnston
Reply to  Krishna Gans
July 22, 2021 4:11 pm

Maybe the concept of thinking is foreign to him. He is programmed to listen and execute.

Bill Powers
Reply to  bill Johnston
July 24, 2021 12:28 pm

He is a ventriloquist dummy. Mortimer Sneard was smarter than “Stand Up” Joe and Mortimer was a carved block of wood. LIttle Joe hasn’t had an original thought since his viagra stopped working.

Reply to  George Daddis
July 22, 2021 11:32 am

Remember, according to the media, bi-partisanship is when Republicans and Democrats work together to pass whatever the Democrats are selling today.
In a similar vein, uniting the country means banning or expelling anyone who disagrees with the Democrats.

According to polls, something like 80% of the country favors some form of voter ID. According to the Democrats, anyone who favors voter ID, is some form of white supremacist.

Reply to  George Daddis
July 22, 2021 11:50 am

To the leftists, unity always means “you give in to all my demands while I give in to none of yours.” And since the vast majority of the media are card-carrying leftists, they will always spin it so that the intolerant, hard-lined leftists are the victims who were trying to compromise on good faith.

Reply to  Wade
July 22, 2021 2:09 pm

Whenever Reagan had a budget showdown with a Democrat congress, the media would proclaim that Reagan needed to compromise, since congress was closer to the people and therefor better represented the will of the people.

A few years later when Clinton faced a Republican congress, the very same talking heads, without a hint of shame or embarrassment proclaimed that since Clinton was the only politician who had been elected by the entire country, congress was the one that needed to compromise.

Curious George
Reply to  George Daddis
July 22, 2021 12:05 pm

To unify the country .. she will unify the BLM (Black Lives Matter) with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). A very promising first step. 🙂

Reply to  George Daddis
July 23, 2021 10:09 am

“his objective is to “unify” the country”

It appears that by “unify” they mean “force everyone to agree with us”

Robert of Texas
July 22, 2021 10:43 am

I see nothing different about this nomination – the rest are mostly supporters of violence and terror in one form or the other so how is this nomination any different? Call it the “Hate America” administration for clarity.

Frank from NoVA
July 22, 2021 11:03 am

This nomination is so typical of the Left – there are probably dozens, if not hundreds, of potential “candidates” that would toe the progressive line on land use, but the real object of nominating this known enviro-militant is to show the rest of us that we are powerless to stop anything the Left seeks to do to us. This is very much analogous to show trials in socialist societies, where the government could force even innocent persons to confess to “crimes” they didn’t commit.

Abolition Man
July 22, 2021 11:07 am

The Communist insurgency that overthrew the legitimate American government in 2020 is trying to shoehorn as many radicals as possible into the bureaucracy before the mask slips off! One has to wonder if they can gain irreversible, total power before sunlight and the midterm elections push back against their bid to turn the US into the USSA!
With the help of the lapdog media urinalists and the Big Tech Nazis, the DemoKKKrats may well succeed. It’s too bad that the Republicans have been playing the stupid card for so long that they hardly remember how to mount an effective opposition anymore! They can’t even push Liz Cheney to the sidelines; an establishment RINO who was repudiated by her own state and has no problems working with Madam Pelosi!

Reply to  Abolition Man
July 23, 2021 12:51 am

‘communist insurgency’

Oh my ears and whiskers, it isn’t good to be laughing this much this early in the morning….

July 22, 2021 11:14 am

Once again, I remind people to not listen to what politicians say, but instead see what they do.

Once you are able to determine motive from past events, future decision making about their character and ethics is far easier. Nobody forces other people to commit actions, they do it with free will. This always reveals their actual agenda.

Of course, Americans are not noted for being Sherlock Holmes and instead let corporate programmers and their talking heads to tell them what to think.

July 22, 2021 11:17 am

I would never approve of someone with that in their background holding any kind of important job. Of course, people can mend their ways, but there must surely be qualified people who do not have a criminal past, excused crimes notwithstanding.

July 22, 2021 11:27 am

Wicked. Baby Lives Matter

Reply to  n.n
July 22, 2021 3:34 pm

Bacterial lives matter

July 22, 2021 11:28 am

She had a plea deal, exchanging testimony for no prosecution.
Only people who are subject to investigations get plea deals.
She lied to congress about this.
However there is absolutely no chance that Biden’s “Justice” department would ever prosecute a good terrorist.

Jeff L
July 22, 2021 11:34 am

Earth first always makes me think of this sticker… I am sure David M remembers & is a fan 🙂

Reply to  Jeff L
July 22, 2021 2:10 pm

I’ve also seen it with Exploit or Mine instead of Drill.

Reply to  Jeff L
July 22, 2021 5:12 pm

I think it was originally … log the other planets later.

Joel O'Bryan
July 22, 2021 11:50 am

What should disqualify her is not the tree-spiking from 30 years ago. Yes that is serious, and indicates poor ethical judgement, but people do change. What is obviously disqualifying is her lying about it to Congress in the present.
Under penalty of perjury to Congress, Ms. Stone-Manning lied on her written questionnaire to the Senate on the question which asked if she’d ever been the subject of a criminal investigation. She answered no. Evidence and testimony shows she lied about that.

But then with no ethics, she’ll fit right in with all the other ethics-challenged Biden Admin appointees. Including The Big Guy Biden himself and his son’s art work being sold the support the Family Criminal Enterprise.

Hillary Clinton is now embarrassed she never thought of using 3rd grade-level artwork as a way to launder million$ in cash in the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play money scheme.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
July 22, 2021 2:11 pm

It takes a lot to embarrass a Clinton.

July 22, 2021 12:19 pm

So she is an apparent liar and a rat.
She’ll fit right in with team Biden.

July 22, 2021 1:00 pm

The further irony – like most “Environmentalists” her actions were counter productive and harmful to the environment. Responsible logging would prevent all of the out of control fires and net save trees. “Environmentalist” know nothing about the environment, and are uniformly stupid.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Greg61
July 22, 2021 2:49 pm

And with mostly selective cut rather than clear cut (as done in Germany and Austrian coniferous forests) reforestation is natural. Once every 15-20 years, or so, as on my Wisconsin dairy farm for oak, hickory, maple, and black cherry. Lets the remaining forest put on more biomass faster, because canopy is partly opened. And the many logging roads themselves fill in with seeded grasses and then natural berries and then saplings that enrich the forest food chain for wildlife.

John Hultquist
Reply to  Greg61
July 22, 2021 4:34 pm

Greg and Rud,
Don’t go overboard with the responsible forestry idea.
Come out to Washington State and I’ll take you on a little 5 mile hike, just a few miles south of I-90. Then I’ll drop you off at the top of Snoqualmie Pass and you (without me) hike to Stevens Pass. [I’ve done volunteer trail work in WA State since 2003.]

Anyway, it is too late to prevent mega-fires.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  John Hultquist
July 23, 2021 5:30 pm

JH, what you did not know is that my brother, a PhD in ecology, lives in Issaquah up toward the Snoqualmie Pass. What clearcut patches (Weyerhauser) work there does not necessarily work elsewhere. And none is max beneficial for wildlife like for his specialty, elk.
That fact is why he and his son came annually for decades to my only selective cut SW Wisconsin dairy farm to ‘harvest’ my big Wisconsin ‘dairy deer’. Best year, we took nine in three days. Including two eight point bucks

July 22, 2021 3:20 pm

Have any of you worked with a Stihl 260 motor-saw – no trade preference!
Regularly, if you even touch mud cutting those beech logs near the forest floor, you get a blunt chain in milliseconds (14,000rpm). If you hit a nail, well sparks! Some even dump electro-waste under your wood pile! Harvesters most likely suffer time delays, money!

Procuring wood is far easier than oil rig drilling! Have any of these Eco-terrorists sabotaged an oil drill site?
I have experienced ¨lost oil drills¨ but due to difficult mapping under a jungle leaf cover (Columbia, Bogota, Togo, no GPS) costing tens of millions$.
I often wondered if it was simply statistical error, or perhaps sabotage! When you see rivers draining offshore, from well known mapping databases (CIA World Data Base v. Landsat for example), you must wonder – youthful exuberance is not what it used to be!
Lie, damned lies, and statistics!
So the question for a BLM candidate – did he/she ever heard of offshore rivers?

July 22, 2021 3:22 pm

I remember how the Graun treated Malheur: almost as if it was ISIS that occupied it!

Reply to  niceguy
July 22, 2021 5:05 pm

Apparently the “free press” (so essential to democracy) thinks the Malheur occupation was very bad optics because #vanillaISIS was coined for the occupiers.

It’s bad optics indeed to call them “(anything) ISIS”… just not for the occupier.

In France too, people are called ISIS-like, because they have Toyota trucks – like ISIS. Not making that up I promise. (I’m talking about mainstream news here, not strange blogs.)

bill Johnston
July 22, 2021 4:05 pm

If someone can be destroyed for using the N word 30 years ago, how can this eco-terrorist be comfirmed?????

Tom Abbott
July 22, 2021 4:24 pm

From the article: “By JACK ANDERSON and

I haven’t seen those names in a long time. I used to read Jack Anderson’s column every day, without fail.

Tom Abbott
July 22, 2021 4:37 pm

From the article: “The now-retired federal investigator in the tree-spiking case said in a letter last week that Stone-Manning had displayed “vulgar, antagonistic, and extremely anti-government” behavior during the initial 1989 investigation”

She is the perfect pick. A perfect representative of nasty radical Democrats. Joe thinks she’s mainstream, and he’s correct, she is a mainstream, radical Democrat. They are all nasty, vulgar and antagonistic. If she doesn’t get confirmed, Biden will just appoint another nasty, vulgar, antagonistic, radical Democrat to the post. Six of one, half a dozen of another.

Jan 2023 is coming around fast. Not fast enough, though. Lots of damage is going to be done to the United States between now and then, by these radical Democrats.

Manchin ought to keep in mind that Trump won West Virginia overwhelmingly, which means most of them don’t like radical Democrats. Don’t side with the radical Democrats, Joe. If you do, you are taking the side of people who are attempting to destroy the United States. That would make you a traitor, Joe, in my eyes, and I’ll bet in the eyes of a lot of West Virginians. I don’t think West Virginians are going to re-elect a traitor, Joe.

July 22, 2021 5:35 pm

I used to write about fraud and grift of the renewables sector several years ago. I just started a new project aggregating news stories about the same. It called the RDH News Network on Telegram and I just got it stated a couple of hours ago. Have a bunch up already. Please check it out.

John formerly of The Daily Bail

July 23, 2021 2:53 am

Decades of hiring terrorists for geo-politics as Brzezinski advocated ended in a spectacular Afghanistan failure and loss of life, $trillions spent.
It is so ingrained, that it is being turned against the US itself.

Yet this is well known.

Have a look at numerous reports on her masters thesis, since blocked at her request at the Uni.
Into the heart of the beast| A case for environmental advertising
With a proposed Add “Can you find the environmental hazard in this photo?” .

This thesis is a Malthusian classic. Maybe some can find it in the archives.
The Daily Caller pulled this out :
Maybe this will show Americans what Malthus is all about! Read the proposed Add, a raving Malthusian at work.

I just wonder if this nominee is a previous ¨Greta-project¨ subject?

Whether forests, climate, ozone … it is all about population reduction, by a small group.

July 23, 2021 2:46 pm

What does “recovering” ecoterrorist even mean? Recovering from what? From burning off hairs in a botched fire 🔥 bombing?

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