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BLM moving headquarters to Grand Junction

Posted: 3:05 PM, Jul 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 17:05:42-04
Government could pick Western headquarters for BLM in 8 months

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner says the Trump administration is moving the headquarters of the federal government’s largest land agency to Colorado.

Gardner said Monday the Bureau of Land Management’s Washington office will move to Grand Junction.

Gardner didn’t say when it would move. A Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman in Washington said she couldn’t confirm or deny the move. She declined to give her name.

The agency manages nearly 388,000 square miles (1 billion square kilometers) of public land, and 99% is in 12 Western states.

Gardner and other Western politicians have long argued the agency headquarters should be closer to the land it manages.

The agency has about 9,000 employees, with fewer than 400 in Washington. The rest are scattered among 140 state, district or field offices.