GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – On the heels of the decision to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters back to Washington D.C., mixed reactions from agencies across the state are following the contentious conclusion.

The BLM ‘s headquarters had been located in Grand Junction for just one year before the U.S. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland made the decision to move it back to D.C. last week.

A ‘Western Headquarters’ will remain in Grand Junction, but according to some agencies on the Western Slope, this resolution does not keep the BLM close enough to the public lands it is designed to serve.

However, the ‘Center for Western Priorities’ says the move back to D.C. is for the better,

“There’s a saying, that if you’re not at the table then you’re on the menu. So, if Bureau of Land Management leadership is not at that table in Washington D.C., then the Bureau of Land Management and by extension all of the public lands that they manage are on the menu and that is a recipe for disaster on America’s public lands,” says the Center for Western Priority’s Aaron Weiss.