New Bureau of Land Management director faces big challenges

Published: Monday, November 8, 2021 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, November 8, 2021 - 8:57am
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After months of opposition by Senate Republicans, Tracy Stone-Manning was recently sworn in as the Bureau of Land Management’s new director.

The BLM looks after 245 million acres, most of it in the West.

But it hasn’t had a confirmed director since the Obama administration.

In recent years, it has been run by a series of acting directors, one of whom moved the agency’s headquarters out of Washington, causing a number of employees to leave.

Taylor McKinnon with the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said the new director has an opportunity to rebuild the agency.

“She’s inheriting a broken, and in many ways drained agency," McKinnon siad. "But there’s I think a big opportunity for rebuilding the agency in a way that’s suited to meeting the challenges of our time.”

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has moved the bureau’s headquarters back to Washington.

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