Commissioners Want BLM Headquartered In Grand Junction

The Moffat County Commissioners passed a resolution at their meeting Tuesday, supporting moving the BLM headquarters from Washington DC, to Grand Junction.   The resolution says that it is in the best interest of Western States, to have the people responsible for making decisions affecting public lands, located in the areas affected by those decisions. The Commissioners believe the best location for the new headquarters would be Grand Junction, due to the city’s business friendly environment, economy, and because the city is located in the center of BLM lands in Western Colorado and its neighboring states. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced last year that he was exploring moving the BLM headquarters west, and indicated that Colorado could be a possible location.   Colorado Senator Cory Gardner introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act last year, with Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton introducing similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.  If passed, that legislation would require the BLM headquarters to be moved to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. Gardner and Tipton both support moving the BLM headquarters west, specifically to Colorado, as 90% of the lands the agency manages are west of the Mississippi.  Gardner believes that having BLM decision-makers located in the communities they impact would lead to better results for the agency and the affected communities.

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