Commentary from Frank DuBois of THE WESTERNER. My best guess is no, BLM will not be moving to Utah. Zinke is adamantly opposed to transferring federal lands to the states and Utah is the leader of that movement, so I don’t believe Zinke will reward them with the BLM headquarters.
I figure he will go with a less controversial, “greener” location like Colorado. Could be wrong, and either way, it will be interesting to watch.
And as I’ve said before, they would accomplish more by amending the laws BLM administers instead of wasting their time and energy on a reorganization. This will be a symbolic gesture at best, and will not bring the change on the range that is needed.
Almost two-thirds of Utah is federally managed public land, and of that, the BLM administers more than 22 million acres, or 43 percent of the state. With so much BLM land in Utah, it makes sense for the agency’s headquarters to relocate here, taking them to the heart of what they manage.
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