"Signature accomplishment for Grand Junction": Sen. Gardner applauds BLM move

WASHINGTON (GrayDC) The Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management will be moving west. The agency will be relocating its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado.

Sen. Cory Gardner said it is a good day for Colorado. (Source: GrayDC)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been called the chief architect of the plan to move the BLM's headquarters to the Colorado city, according to his office.

"This is something the people of Grand Junction have embraced, it's something they really wanted," said Gardner.

Gardner said in an interview 99 percent of the land under BLM are west of the Mississippi River.

"Mesa County is 70 percent public lands," said Gardner.

"That means this is a community, the people, the directorship, will be based out of a community that has the majority of land owned by somebody else."

The United States Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt released the following statement:

"A meaningful realignment of our operations is not simply about where functions are performed; rather, it is rooted in how changes will better respond to the needs of the American people. Under our proposal, every Western state will gain additional staff resources. This approach will play an invaluable role in serving the American people more efficiently while also advancing the Bureau of Land Management’s multiple-use mission. Shifting critical leadership positions and supporting staff to western states -- where an overwhelming majority of federal lands are located -- is not only a better management system, it is beneficial to the interest of the American public in these communities, cities, counties and states."

Colorado Sen. Michael also expressed support for the plan. In a statement, he said, "“For over two years we’ve worked with the Colorado delegation and the local community to bring the BLM national headquarters to Grand Junction. A move like this would be an investment in Grand Junction, and should lead to improved decision making and increased resources for our public lands.

“This announcement is a step in the right direction and a testament to the work of local leaders. But the details released today also suggest more needs to be done to establish a true national headquarters in the West. We look forward to working with the Department of the Interior to permanently secure BLM headquarters in Grand Junction.”

See the full interview with Sen. Gardner above.

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