Hickenlooper, Bennet Announce Interior Secretary Haaland Visit to Grand Junction

Senators invited Haaland to meet with community leaders as agency works to restore a fully-functioning BLM headquarters

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet today announced that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will visit Grand Junction this Friday, July 23rd, as the Department reviews the future of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters. Hickenlooper and Bennet invited Haaland to visit Grand Junction to hear from the community firsthand. 

“With climate change fueling severe drought and catastrophic wildfires, restoring a strong public lands agency and fixing the previous administration’s mistakes is a top priority,” said Hickenlooper and Bennet. “We’re happy to host Secretary Haaland and look forward to productive conversations with Grand Junction community leaders on the future of the BLM headquarters.”

Hickenlooper and Bennet support a fully functioning BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, which the previous administration failed to deliver. The Senators have asked President Biden to work with the delegation on a path forward to ensure that the agency headquarters is more than symbolic and includes the staff and resources to improve management and protect our public lands. 

Haaland’s trip will also include meetings on several other Colorado priorities, including drought and wildfire mitigation, maintaining resilient rural economics, and passing the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act.

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