Last month, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a reversal of a Trump Administration decision to relocate leadership of the Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction, CO. Haaland said at the time, “the bureau must have the appropriate structure and resources to serve the American public.” But the return to D.C. is not sitting well with many in the farming and natural resources community, including Representative Dan Newhouse. The Chair of the Western Caucus says he is incredibly disappointed in the Biden Administration.

“We had federal employees that interacted with local communities, lived in those communities, making decisions on what happens on federal as it relates to the impact on those local communities.  Now, we’re moving all the decision makers back to Washington D.C., and I think that that lack of opportunity for interaction we’re going to pay for it into the future.”

Others who have expressed their disappointment in the return to Washington D.C. for the BLM include the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as well as the Public Lands Council

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