After more than a century of dictating from thousands of miles away how the West is run, it’s not just a pipe dream anymore that key Interior Department agencies would relocate here, it’s actually being discussed at the highest levels of the Trump administration.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is saying that Denver will probably become the new headquarters for The Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation by 2019.
E&E News had the exclusive story, based on notes taken during a meeting with Zinke in Denver last month.
President Trump has already approved the proposal to restructure, and the final decision is expected to be announced in February.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton are the architects of the move and have been pushing the plan through legislation in Congress.
Now that it’s almost a reality, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has piped up and says he’s all for it, too.
The only downside is the risk that national environmental lobbying groups will follow the agencies and relocate in Colorado.