Hickenlooper Meets With BLM Director Nominee, Reinforces Call for BLM HQ to Remain in Grand Junction

Tracy Stone-Manning would be first Senate-confirmed BLM director since 2017

Denver, Colorado – U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper met today with Tracy Stone-Manning, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Hickenlooper and Stone-Manning discussed several Colorado priorities, including restoring the BLM’s commitment to protecting public lands and maintaining the agency’s headquarters in Grand Junction. 

“Tracy Stone-Manning values public lands as much as Coloradans do and has experience working with Western communities on responsible stewardship,” said Hickenlooper. “We discussed her vision for the agency and I’m confident she’ll give full consideration to the benefits of housing the BLM out West.” 

Hickenlooper supports maintaining a BLM headquarters in Grand Junction and previously secured Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s commitment to visit Colorado and maintain an open dialogue about the headquarters’ location.

Hickenlooper sits on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources which oversees the BLM. BLM manages 8.3 million acres of public lands in Colorado, over 12 percent of the state. The BLM has not had a Senate-confirmed director since President Obama’s administration. 

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