Sen. Dan Sullivan gave an impassioned speech, June 20, on the Senate floor against what he called a “violent eco terrorist” who President Joe Biden has nominated to head up the Bureau of Land Management.

Click the image above to watch Earth First activists mourn over dead trees.

Biden’s pick is Tracy Stone-Manning, once a member of the extreme environmentalist group, Earth First, which has a history of sabotage, property destruction and creating dangerous work environments for loggers.

Sullivan said he has never asked for a nominee to be withdrawn even before they go through their Senate confirmation hearings.

“But I’m doing it this afternoon,” he said, in denouncing Stone-Manning’s involvement in a group that “performed violent acts as part of their platform for getting attention in America.”

Sullivan said the BLM director is a position with a “huge amount of power” over surface and subsurface activity across America, but especially in Alaska.

“The Alaska BLM manages more surface and subsurface acres in my state than any other state in the country, by far,” Sullivan noted. This includes more than 70 million surface and 220 million subsurface acres.

“She herself is complicit in putting metal spikes – big, thick ones – in trees that were meant to either threaten to hurt or gravely injure those Americans who were harvesting trees.”

Sullivan said it is “imperative” that someone with that much power be trustworthy, honest and fair minded and beyond reproach, and “certainly not to be involved in an organization that perpetuated violence against fellow Americans.”

Stone-Manning admitted in a 1993 court testimony that she wrote an anonymous warning letter to the FBI on behalf of one of her fellow Earth First activists, who had participated in a massive “tree spiking” operation in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest. That operation included embedded 500 pounds of spikes into Idaho trees that were set for harvest. Stone-Manning received immunity for testifying against her fellow activist who was later sentenced to 17 months in prison.

“She wasn’t just a member of Earth First,” Sullivan said of Stone-Manning. “She herself is complicit in putting metal spikes – big, thick ones – in trees that were meant to either threaten to hurt or gravely injure those Americans who were harvesting trees.”

Tree-spiking was a favored tactic of Earth First in the 1980s and 1990s. It involves embedding large metal spikes that damage or destroy chainsaws and mill saws upon contact, thus putting loggers and others in serious danger.

Sullivan read an article detailing how a 23-year-old California mill worker, George Alexander, was nearly decapitated when his mill saw shattered due to an embedded tree spike in 1987. The incident caused the saw to break and slashed Alexander’s face from eye to chin, cutting his jaw in half.

“These were the kind of tactics that Tracy Stone Manning … once conspired in,” Sullivan said of tree spiking. “Does that disturb you America?”

Turning his attention directly to Biden, Sullivan said his administration is full of people with “far-left agendas” as the Democratic Party has moved farther to the political extremes.

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Sullivan decries Biden’s nomination of ‘violent eco-terrorist’ to run Bureau of Land Management

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • G Aleution says:

    I wonder…if she has changed?

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Yep another satanic libtard

  • Mo says:

    Way to go Sullivan!

  • Jen says:

    I think Sullivan is not much in a good position to question Tracy’s candidacy after he confirmed Deb Holland. The two are two feathers off the same type of bird. I guess criticizing Tracy is easier and he wouldnt recieve political backlash back home from white Alaskan constituents than Native Alaskan constituents if he didn’t vote for Halland. I think going agianst her isnt a little fair to Tracy when the same Senator confirmed her eco sister Deb Halland.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Yes Dan is a little wishy wash, he’s becoming another afraid sheep to stand up for Alaska
    We just might need to vote him out

  • Jen says:

    I am correct in my observation, I hope Mayor Bronson doesn’t neglect Anchorage’s park and recreation and muni trail maintenance. Else! he will make his reelection a lot harder than it already will be in 2026. Because! the nature is the democrat god with the mountains, trees, and trails being its shines of worship. that video gives proof
    I love the nature too and I feel a little disheartened about clear cutting and bull dozers. I could live without them. But! Its way of the world we live in. Besides! All those nicely groomed trails the anchorage muni carved out and making its bridges were done by using bulldozers and clearing out trees and shrubs. hahahaha

    • Jen says:

      I should add Anchorage muni just clear cutted a whole area of healthy trees for extending a popular park’s parking lot hahahaha, so to fit more democrat dog owners cars. Democrat’s can’t even keep their commitment to their tree idol no more than a Christian to the God who made the trees. In Anchorage if they really cared about their tree god, they’d get along and make do with their smaller parking area off Elmer.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    It sounds like she was an accomplice to attempted murder. What those people were doing was sociopathic with zero concern for the lives of others. Likely the only reason they stopped this practice was because there actually could be serious real legal consequences. Given the left sadly supports a culture of death (abortion), it is not too surprising that putting people at risk of maiming or death is an acceptable tactic if it achieves the desired end. It is tragic and really should prohibit Stone-Manning from filling such a critical position.

  • Ralph says:

    Thank you Dan Sullivan!

  • Linda says:

    So…how’s that “kissing ass” to Haaland working for you now Senator Sullivan?? Democrats don’t abide by that philosophy! So now you have the ‘fox’ in the henhouse! Not to worry…we the people… can make it very uncomfortable for them!

  • Jo says:

    Glad to see my vote counted for something. Thank you for speaking out… push back in all appropriate matters