Incoming Montana Governor Steve Bullock has announced his selection for Director of the Department of Environmental Quality.
Bullock has chosen Tracy Stone-Manning, a former natural resources adviser to Senator Jon Tester who was the lead staffer on Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. Stone-Manning also previously served as the Executive Director of the Clark Fork Coalition and the Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula. Governor-Elect Bullock says Stone-Manning has worked with people of diverse backgrounds across the state.
“To do that,” Bullock said, “Tracy has had to build coalitions with groups not always used to sitting at the same table, from the logging industry to wilderness advocates. And it will always take in addition to firm and good administration that sort of bringing people together in coalition building to continue the work done at DEQ.”
Stone-Manning will replace outgoing DEQ Director Richard Opper. She says she wants to continue building on his work.
“And I look forward to creating a place and continuing a place where there is a permitting process that is fair, that is predictable that delivers both jobs and the protected landscapes that we so enjoy,” she said.
Steve Bullock will be sworn in as Montana’s next Governor January 7th. He has been periodically announcing members of his cabinet through the interim.