After the junta declared domestic terrorism a top priority, it appointed a domestic terrorist to head the Bureau of Land Management. Tracy Stone-Manning was aware that she was being investigated in 1989 and again in 1993 when she agreed to an immunity deal with the government to avoid criminal felony prosecution. Stone-Manning was involved in tree-spiking incidents with the eco-terrorist group Earth First!. Tree-spiking is the deliberate hammering of a nail or metal rod into a tree trunk with the intention to cause death or serious physical harm to a tree logger when they attempt to cut the tree down with a chain saw. The immunity deal required Stone-Manning to rat out her fellow terrorists and co-conspirators. Investigators testified Stone-Manning was involved in planning the tree-spiking incident in the Clearwater National Forest in 1989. Stone-Manning lied on her Senate questionnaire denying that she had ever been under criminal investigation involving tree-spiking. Stone-Manning is a Democrat operative who worked for far-left Montana Democrats Steve Bullock and Jon Tester.