Background: The Trump administration relocated the federal Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction in July 2019, a move supported by Republican and Democratic leaders in Colorado. The Department of the Interior said about 40 BLM employees would transfer to the new location, far fewer than initially hoped. But the move drew controversy and a congressional investigation after critics suggested it was designed to gut the agency.
He led the relocation push
A: Gardner sponsored legislation to move the land management agency’s headquarters to Grand Junction and worked with the Trump administration to make it happen.
Backed the agency’s move to Colorado
A: He said it made sense to move the agency that manages public lands closer to them and supported the move, writing in a letter that “Grand Junction is an ideal location for the BLM to conduct its operations.” But since then he has expressed concern that it delivered fewer jobs than first promised and the agency doesn’t have a director who supports public lands.