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New public lands chief faced with building bridges after confirmation battle

Cattle graze on rangeland in Malheur County. The Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management manages 5.1 million acres of public land in eastern Oregon. (Enterprise file photo)

Before she inspired partisan theatrics in the U.S. Senate as the Bureau of Land Management nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning built a reputation in Montana — her home for more than 30 years — as a consensus-builder.

Stone-Manning stood out as an expert at bridging divides between conservationists and loggers, miners and recreational land users, in a region undergoing a rapid and often painful transformation.

Despite that reputation, Stone-Manning’s Senate confirmation process to lead the BLM became one of the most contentious of President Joe Biden’s time in office, with GOP opponents 

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