Denver Considered As Location For BLM

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reportedly plans to relocate the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington D.C. to the western United States, an idea first proposed by Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. According to reports, along with the BLM office, Zinke is also considering moving the US Fish and Wildlife Headquarters and the Bureau of Reclamation to Denver, as part of his effort to reorganize the Department of Interior.  Gardner has spearheaded the effort to move the BLM office to the west, first raising the idea in an Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June of last year. Gardner introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act in May, with Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton introducing similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gardner says he’s thrilled that Zinke is considering moving the BLM headquarters to Colorado, as 90% of the lands the BLM manages are west of the Mississippi.  Gardner believes that having BLM decision-makers located in the communities they impact will lead to better results.

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