WASHINGTON, DC — Moments ago, Tracy Stone-Manning was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the next director of the Bureau of Land Management.

In reaction to her confirmation, Phil Francis, chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, issued the following statement:

“The confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning to serve as the next Director of the Bureau of Land Management is a victory for public lands and the people across the United States who use and enjoy them.

We believe that Stone-Manning is well-qualified to help Secretary Haaland advance President Biden’s ambitious agenda to help protect our national parks and public lands, expand conservation, and combat climate change.

We look forward to working with Stone-Manning to address the problem of our broken oil and gas leasing system and explore solutions, and to help restore protections to our national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

“In this moment of celebration, we also eagerly anticipate the confirmation hearing of Mr. Charles Sams. The National Park Service has been without a Senate-confirmed Director for over four years – something that has never happened in the hundred-year plus history of the NPS.

We urge the Senate to act quickly to schedule a confirmation hearing for Sams. It is past time to have a Senate-confirmed NPS Director.”

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