Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland To Visit Colorado, stop in Grand Junction

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FILE – In this April 23, 2021, file photo, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington. On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Haaland and other federal officials are expected to announce steps that the federal government plans to take to reconcile the legacy of boarding school policies on Indigenous families and communities across the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will travel to Colorado to discuss how the Department of the Interior’s is working to address worsening drought and wildland fire conditions.

Secretary Haaland’s visit comes after invitations from a number of Colorado’s federal delegation. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper were pleased with the Department of Interior’s announcement of the secretary’s visit.

“With climate change fueling severe drought and catastrophic wildfires, restoring a strong public lands agency and fixing the previous administration’s mistakes is a top priority,” said Hickenlooper and Bennet. “We’re happy to host Secretary Haaland and look forward to productive conversations with Grand Junction community leaders on the future of the BLM headquarters.”

During her three-day visit to Denver and Colorado’s western slope, she will meet with elected federal, state and local leaders, Tribes, Department employees, and other community members. While in Grand Junction, Secretary Haaland will visit the Bureau of Land Management’s office and meet with employees.

During her visit, the secretary will also meet with local community leaders to hear about their vision for how to advance conservation and the state’s growing outdoor recreation economy. Secretary Haaland will be a part of community roundtable to discuss Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy on Saturday, July 24 in Ridgway.

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