The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the Department of Interior, will be relocating out west soon. This comes after Secretary Bernhardt confirmed the move back in spring.
Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), who is up for re-election next fall, is the chief architect of this move. Per a news release on the announcement, Gardner announced BLM will relocate to Grand Junction, Colorado.
“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.”
Here’s the announcement:
Senator Gardner first proposed the idea back in June 2016.
The previous administration’s BLM was greatly at odds with many landowners and ranchers out West, particularly with last-minute national monument declarations just before Obama’s departure from the White House.
BLM today has returned to a philosophy of multiple-use and sustained yield public lands management.
This relocation of the agency could be seen as a boon to stakeholder relations and subsequently improve land management going forward.