Colorado stakeholders back Sen. Cory Gardner’s call for BLM to go west
Author: Dan Njegomir - May 19, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017
…And Horace Greeley himself, were he still with the living, no doubt would be on board. Gardner’s Washington office in fact sent us media types a press release today identifying those stakeholders (Greeley wasn’t included). All of which probably belongs in our “Cory Gardner” file’s not-surprising-but-still-noteworthy subfolder.
As has been widely reported, the Republican junior senator from Colorado and 3rd Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, have introduced legislation to move the federal Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to the western United States. Gardner was quoted in a press statement from his office explaining the strategy earlier this month :
“Moving BLM’s headquarters West is a common sense solution that Coloradans from across the political spectrum support. … 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.”
Gardner is touting Colorado’s own Grand Junction as the potential new HQ, but under the legislation, the agency could move to any of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. Obviously, the fact that two Colorado lawmakers introduced the bill can’t hurt our state’s prospects.
Today’s press release from Gardner’s people touts the breadth and depth of Coloradans in favor of the idea; the press release includes snippets of their supportive comments, taken from letters (also posted by Gardner’s office) they wrote endorsing the BLM move.
The list of supporters includes the influential West Slope group Club 20, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Farm Bureau as well as the editorial boards of several of the state’s daily newspapers — and even a casual endorsement from Gov. John Hickenlooper, captured on video in March by the blog Western Wire.