08.25.17

Gardner Proposal to Relocate Bureau of Land Management to the West Gains Momentum

Washington, DC – Earlier this week, a report indicated Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke plans to relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the West, an idea first proposed by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).

 

Gardner has led the charge to relocate BLM’s headquarters to the West and first raised the idea at an Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June of 2016. Gardner spoke to Secretary Zinke about his proposal prior to Zinke’s confirmation. Gardner also brought up the issue publically during Zinke’s confirmation hearing. In May, Gardner introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act, legislation that would authorize the move of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) headquarters from Washington, D.C. to one of the following Western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) introduced the House companion bill.

 

“I’m thrilled Secretary Zinke is looking to relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West and move the agency’s headquarters to Colorado,” said Gardner. “Ninety-nine percent of the nearly 250 million acres of land managed by BLM is west of the Mississippi River, and having the decision-makers present in the communities they impact will lead to better results. This is an idea I first proposed last summer, and after a year of work, it seems it will soon become a reality. I will continue to work with Secretary Zinke to further this effort and look forward to welcoming BLM to Colorado soon.”

 

Gardner’s proposal has earned the support of countless Coloradans and local officials, including Club 20, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Farm Bureau, Fruita Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Rural Electric Association, Colorado Wool Growers Association, Grand County, Hinsdale County, and Montezuma County. Additionally, Gardner published an op-ed in the Grand Junction Daily Sentineltouting his idea and encouraging others to support his proposal.

 

Click here to watch Senator Gardner raise moving BLM West at Zinke’s confirmation hearing.

 

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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 the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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