BLM director Stone-Manning visits Missoula to discuss public lands, solar power

The transition from fossil fuels to carbon-free power doesn’t come without a price on the environment, but the federal government has ways of limiting the damage, according to Tracy Stone-Manning, the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Stone-Manning, who called Missoula home before she was appointed to the federal position by President Joe Biden, gave a talk called “The Future of Public Lands” on Tuesday night at the University of Montana.

Tracy Stone-Manning, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, speaks to students and community members at the University of Montana’s Gallagher Business Building on Wednesday evening.


“We have to ensure that the development is responsible and that we place it in the right places,” she said. “It may be development that is free of carbon pollution, but it still has impacts and implications for wildlife and people. That’s why the BLM’s update to the Western Solar Plan is critical to get right. When finalized, the plan will direct development to areas with fewer sensitive resources and close to transmission lines. And you can

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