WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management will relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction, Sen. Cory Gardner announced Monday.
“Today is a historic day for our nation’s public lands, western states, and the people of Colorado,” Gardner said in a statement.
“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.”
Gardner said 99% of the land that is managed by BLM is west of the Mississippi River.
“This is a victory for local communities, advocates for public lands, and proponents for a more responsible and accountable federal government,” Gardner said.
Gardner pushed for the relocation to the West the past three years.
I am thrilled to announce the @BLMNational headquarters is coming to Grand Junction! Today is a historic day for our nation’s public lands, western states, and the people of Colorado. pic.twitter.com/e8ErI85Ftr
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) July 15, 2019
Gov. Jared Polis said about 80 jobs are expected to the area. A new direct flight between Washington and Grand Junction is also likely.
Just finished talking with @GovofCO @jaredpolis on the big news that Bureau of Land Management will relocate to Grand Junction, Colorado. Governor says DC – Grand Junction direct flight will likely soon take place #copolitics #coleg #kdvr pic.twitter.com/42zMfSLhbB
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) July 15, 2019
“This is a big deal,” Polis said. “It will be a major office for BLM — also really important for Grand Junction.