MISSOULA Mont. — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Thursday to move forward President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tracy Stone-Manning, an ecoterrorist who once demanded a Chinese-style child policy in the name of environmental stewardship.
In 1989, Stone-Manning engaged in an episode of tree spiking near the Montana-Idaho border, wherein leftist environmentalists jammed 10-inch metal rods into trees sought for timber harvest. Meant to terrorize workers in the lumber industry, the spikes — which served as ISIS-style road bombs in Iraq — would then explode saws when processed sending deadly steel shrapnel flying upon impact.
Prevalent among radical activists in the Mountain West 30 years ago to halt development, the memory of tree spiking’s terror remains fresh in the minds of those who lived and worked that time.
Alberton, Montana is an old timber town that resides just north of Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest, where Stone-Manning’s accomplices spiked hundreds of trees with rods in 1989, many of which may still be there today.
Karen Wolhart has lived in Alberton for 45 years and runs a local bookstore in a historic building that used to serve as a Mason Hall upstairs. While she hadn’t worked in lumber, the entire town of under 1,000 people was connected to the industry in one way or another, and said she heard about the spikes all of the time 30 years ago. The form of ecoterrorism hit home when her family found a 12-inch spike in a tree being cut down on a nearby property for renovations to her bookstore.
“It’s been so long ago,” Wolhart said, but she still remembers 30 years later. “To find it in a tree and know how dangerous it was,” she told The Federalist, was disturbing.
When asked about Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, Wolhart was unaware Stone-Manning had been nominated to the high-level role but knew exactly who Stone-Manning was. Wolhart repeated the name with such revulsion the muscles in her jaw flexed on the emphasis of “Manning.”
The bookkeeper recounted the 1996 Alberton chlorine
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