But Republican leaders also maintained that their opposition was based on her behavior during a tree-spiking incident in 1989, not her opposition to an expansion of oil and fuel drilling.
As a graduate college student in Montana, Ms. Stone-Manning, now 56, retyped and mailed a letter to the U.S. Forest Assistance warning about a system to insert steel spikes into trees in Clearwater Countrywide Forest in Idaho. At the time, “tree spiking” was a tactic utilised by some environmentalists to harm logging machinery. But it could also hurt or even destroy the staff working with that machines.
Ms. Stone-Manning testified in the Clearwater situation, assisting to convict two of the males involved, and had explained her choice to type the letter as a way of making an attempt to alert the authorities.
Republicans have accused Ms. Stone-Manning of lying about her connection to the incident and branded her an “eco-terrorist.”
“It’s challenging to picture a nominee additional disqualified than Tracy Stone-Manning,” said Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming and rating member of the Senate Committee on Vitality and Pure Methods. “Every Senate Democrat will be liable for her confirmation.”
Democrats stood unanimously at the rear of Ms. Stone-Manning on Thursday. They observed that the tree-spiking incident happened when she was in her 20s and argued that she was aiding the authorities. They explained her as someone who put in the subsequent a long time making bridges among environmentalists, ranchers and fossil gas interests.
“She is someone who appreciates the price of collaboration, she is an individual who can listen, who can motive, that appreciates our general public lands, that’s recreated on our community lands her entire lifetime,” mentioned Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, who used Ms. Stone-Manning as an aide and has acknowledged her for two decades.
Most just lately Ms. Stone-Manning was the senior adviser for conservation coverage at the National Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit conservation team. She has also labored as an aide to previous Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and has served as the head of Montana’s setting company.
Emily Cochrane contributed reporting.