All systems are go to move the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) out of the capitol city and into the West where federal officials actually manage the majority of the country’s public lands.
The relentless prodding and legislating for the move comes from U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, who are also pushing for a Colorado location, most likely in Grand Junction.
However, we hear JeffCo is also making a strong play to be the home base.
What better place for our land masters to live than in our own backyard, so they can better regulate rock throwing?
An Interior Department advisor confirmed the upcoming move during a Senate committee meeting Thursday.
Bureaucrats will have to do lots of studies and field trips before making a final determination, and this is all assuming Republicans will still be in control of Congress by next year when the process gets underway.
No telling what Democrats will do if they take the reins after the fall election, although it’s known they prefer their public land managers to live inside the Beltway where it’s easier for Big Environment to maintain lobbying supremacy over the folks who actually depend on public lands.
U.S. Sen. Mike Bennet chimed in on the move to try and take some credit with one hand, while throwing a backhanded insult to Secretary Zinke with the other.
“We look forward to working closely with the Department as it conducts its evaluation, and we re-extend our invitation to Secretary Zinke to visit Colorado to see for himself why there is no better home for the BLM headquarters. We must ensure this move is more than symbolic.”
Actually, Zinke has already visited the Western Slope, probably more times than the Democratic Senator, whose own representation of the state is mostly symbolic.