The Bureau of Land Management says it will pull up roots from Washington, DC and head out west.
But the agency, a unit of the Department of Interior, won’t set up shop in Boise – even though it considered it. The city is already home to the National Interagency Fire Center, which is linked to the BLM.
Instead, the BLM said it would move to Grand Junction, Colorado – the smallest city studied. Grand Junction topped Boise, Tucson and Salt Lake City.
The BLM moved all its wildfire and aviation stafffers to Boise in the 1990s – but reopened a fire office back in DC. The Washington Post reports the out-and-back was prompted by lawmakers wanting fire briefings in DC.
Colorado Public Radio reports Grand Junction had been approached by the Department of Interior early on in the process – before Boise.
The BLM is the agency charged with overseeing 245 million acres of federal land across the nation. In all, about 85 jobs will transition to Colorado.