GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Senator Cory Gardner released a statement today announcing the Bureau of Land Management will be relocating to Grand Junction.
“Today is a historic day for our nation’s public lands, western states, and the people of Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “Relocating the Bureau of Land Management to the Western Slope of Colorado will bring the bureau’s decision makers closer to the people they serve and the public lands they manage. The problem with Washington is too many policy makers are far removed from the people they are there to serve. Ninety-nine percent of the land the BLM manages is West of the Mississippi River, and so should be the BLM headquarters. This is a victory for local communities, advocates for public lands, and proponents for a more responsible and accountable federal government.”Sen. Cory Gardner
The move comes after previous doubts from Governor Jared Polis, who didn’t believe Grand Junction Regional Airport had enough flight options for federal officials. At the time, Gov. Polis said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the BLM moving west.
Following the announcement, the governor released a statement applauding the decision.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Bureau of Land Management and their employees to the great state of Colorado. As I stated to Secretary Bernhardt many times, Grand Junction is the perfect location for the BLM because of community support, location closer to the land BLM manages, and the positive impact it will have on our western Colorado economy,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Hard to think of a better place to house the department responsible for overseeing our beloved public lands.”Gov. Jared Polis
We will have more information on this move as it is made available.