May 19, 2021

Public Lands Chairman Joe Neguse Advocates for BLM Headquarters to Remain in Grand Junction, and For Full-Staffed, Effective Agency Management

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, sent a letter to the Department of Interior advocating for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters to remain in Grand Junction, Colorado. The letter also asks that the Department ensure the agency is fully staffed and effectively able to carry out its mission in the new location. Read the letter here.

“The mission of the BLM is critically important for the preservation, health and safety of our nation’s public lands and for Colorado,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “For both the benefit of our state — and to ensure full operations of the BLM — I support the headquarters remaining in Grand Junction, as well as increased hiring and staffing for the purposes of keeping the headquarters in Colorado. From historic wildfires, to record-breaking droughts, to water management challenges, the Western United States has a front row seat to the impacts of climate change. Home to many scientific experts and federal labs, Colorado is also a leader in climate solutions in the West. Maintaining the BLM headquarters in Grand Junction would tap into the knowledge and experience in these fields and provide agency employees with the opportunity to live, work, and recreate in the lands they manage.”

“Grand Junction sits in the heart of the western U.S. and is surrounded by public lands. The decision to relocate the Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction connects the agency with the land and people they serve. Our ease of access to these public lands makes Grand Junction uniquely suited to being the home of BLM,” said Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton.

“It is logical - you don't effectively run a ranch from the distance!” said Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis.