GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland met with community leaders and Colorado legislators in Grand Junction on Friday. The major topics discussed in the meeting included wildfires and the future of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters. “As we move forward, we must confront the reality that a changing climate is fueling a fire disaster,” said Secretary Haaland. “Wildland fire mitigation must be viewed through the lens of climate change resilience.”
The Colorado delegation’s bipartisan goal is to keep the BLM headquarters in Grand Junction. Officials like U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Congresswoman Lauren Boebert invited Secretary Haaland to Colorado so she could personally witness the importance of keeping the headquarters in the state. For them, it isn’t just about keeping local jobs. It’s also about effectively fighting wildfires throughout the west.
“It’s a huge benefit to the American people if the government can be closer to them,” said Senator Bennet. Congresswoman Boebert agreed. “Last year we had three of the largest wildfires that we’ve seen in Colorado. We all live and breathe the effects of those,” she explained.
=Secretary Haaland’s intention is to prioritize what is best for the employees of the BLM and the health of the agency. She said she intends to take everything she learned on her visit to Grand Junction into consideration, as she decides on the future of the BLM.