09.20.19

Gardner Celebrates the Selection of BLM Headquarters Site in Grand Junction

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the chief architect of the plan to move the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) headquarters to Grand Junction, celebrated the announcement today that the BLM signed a lease agreement for their new headquarters at 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction. This office space will house the BLM Director, Deputy Director for Operations and other senior leadership and support staff.

“On behalf of the state of Colorado, I am excited to welcome the Bureau of Land Management to its new home in Grand Junction,” said Senator Gardner. “From the very beginning moving the BLM’s headquarters West has always been about strengthening the BLM’s relationship with local officials, moving the decision makers closer to the lands they oversee and the people they serve, and making better land management decisions. This commonsense move will save taxpayers money and solidify Colorado’s legacy as a responsible steward of public lands.”

Timeline: 

  • June 2016: Gardner first raised the idea to move BLM West at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing and began gathering input from Coloradans.
  • January 2017: When Ryan Zinke was nominated to lead the Interior Department, Gardner spoke to Zinke about his proposal and brought the topic up during Zinke’s confirmation hearing.
  • April 2017: Gardner visited with local leaders and constituents in Grand Junction about his efforts to move BLM to Grand Junction: “We have to make sure the Western Slope has that loud, strong voice it deserves.”
  • May of 2017: Gardner introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act, legislation that would authorize the move of BLM headquarters from Washington, D.C. to a Western state.
  • Following introduction of the bill, Colorado local officials and organizations voiced their support for Gardner’s bill.
  • July 2017: In an op-ed, Gardner said Grand Junction makes “perfect sense” to be the new home for BLM’s headquarters.
  • Over the past two years, Gardner has spoken with top Interior Department officials about moving BLM West many times and has publicly and privately advocated for Grand Junction as the agency’s final home.
  • August 2017: Gardner’s proposal gained momentum when a report indicated Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was looking to relocate BLM West. 
  • February 2018: Gardner spoke on the Senate floor about his proposal to move BLM headquarters to the West stating in part, “When you don’t live in the communities that are among and surrounded by these lands, it is easy to make decisions that close off energy development or close cattle ranches, because the consequences are felt out west, and not in D.C.”
  • April 2018: As Deputy Secretary, Bernhardt publicly stated BLM will move West.
  • July 2018: Gardner received another commitment from the Department of Interior about their agreement with him that BLM Headquarters should be moved West during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • September 2018: Gardner held a roundtable discussion in Grand Junction with local elected officials, community leaders, and city employees on his work and their joint efforts to move BLM out of Washington, D.C. and to Colorado.
  • May 2019: Bernhardt again confirmed the plans to move BLM West to Gardner at his confirmation hearing to become Interior Secretary.
  • July 2019: Gardner announced that the BLM will relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • July 2019: Gardner’s announcement that the BLM will be relocating to Grand Junction earned praise from leaders in Colorado and across the West.
  • July 2019: Gardner spoke on the Senate floor commending the Department of Interior’s decision to relocate the BLM’s headquarters to Grand Junction.
  • September 2019: Gardner spoke on the Senate floor pushing back against Washington bureaucrats and Democrats who say that the BLM headquarters should stay in the capital city.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.