05.02.17

Gardner, Tipton Introduce Legislation Authorizing Move of BLM Headquarters to the West

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today 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.

“Moving BLM’s headquarters West is a commonsense solution that Coloradans from across the political spectrum support,” 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 policy. Coloradans want more Colorado common sense from Washington and this proposal accomplishes that goal."

 

In addition to the work Senator Gardner and Congressman Tipton have been doing together to draft the legislation, Senator Gardner also spoke with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the importance of moving the headquarters to the West. He brought up the issue during Zinke’s confirmation hearing.

“It is critical that land management decisions impacting the West are made by the people who know the land best,” said Congressman Tipton. “Moving the BLM’s headquarters to a Western state would help ensure that federal agencies have a full understanding of the ways their decisions impact our families and communities. I am sure the people of Grand Junction would join me in inviting the BLM to the Western Slope, but a move of the headquarters to any Western city would be welcome news.”

“While BLM headquarters anywhere in the West is a step in the right direction, I have made it clear I think Grand Junction is the best place for the agency’s new home,” continued Gardner. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to see this proposal become a reality which will have a positive impact on Westerners that interact with this agency every day.”

“The Western states have a long tradition of protecting our natural resources; relocating the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to this region is a big step in continuing that effort. Approximately 99% of these BLM  protected lands are in the West and I truly believe that those who know the best way to manage the land are those who live on the land. Managing our natural resources would be most effective when you can see the challenges in person and not on a computer or in a report,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.

"Colorado Farm Bureau is excited to support this legislation and thank Senators Gardner, Hatch, Heller, Sullivan, Daines, and Rep. Tipton for their leadership on this issue,” said Colorado Farm Bureau President, Don Shawcroft. “Moving the BLM to the West is a common sense measure that will help bring Westerners and the federal government closer together. Moving the BLM's headquarters is an outward manifestation of an inward resolve to make the agency better at what it does and more closely aligned with the people and places it impacts on a daily basis."

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