Land Bureau Headquarters Leaving Colorado for D.C. Return (1)

Sept. 17, 2021, 7:53 PMUpdated: Sept. 17, 2021, 9:04 PM

The Bureau of Land Management is moving back to Washington, D.C., reversing a Trump administration decision that placed the headquarters in the West close to the land it manages, the Interior Department announced Friday.

Grand Junction, Colo., will remain the bureau’s “western” headquarters, however, and will “grow and expand,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement Friday.

The Trump administration had moved the headquarters in 2019 following concerns from Republican-dominated western states that decision-makers atop the nation’s largest land management agency were too far removed from the acres they oversee.

But that move “failed to deliver promised jobs” to ...

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