We asked Stone-Manning at the time for her thoughts on Pendley’s management plans, and she didn’t hold back. Rather than sending Pendley packing, Trump’s Interior Secretary David Bernhardt simply took the “acting director” placard off Pendley’s office door, and then transferred the duties of BLM director to himself. Then, instead of voiding the Montana management plans as the judge had ordered, Bernhardt signed them barely two weeks before Biden took office. Stone-Manning spent four years at NWF, where she led the nonprofit’s public lands efforts. Before joining Trump’s BLM, William Perry Pendley was lead council for a company suing for oil and gas drilling rights there.