Push to move public land managers west wins new support

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Push to move public land managers west wins new support

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Western lawmakers are arguing that BLM headquarters should be moved from Washington, D.C., to the West because of its influence there.
Male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden. More than 50,000 square miles of Bureau of Land Management land in the West has been identified as priority habitat for the birds. Western lawmakers are arguing that BLM headquarters should be moved from Washington, D.C., to the West because of its influence there.
BLM oversees vast expanses of public land in the West

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees about 385,000 square miles in 12 Western states. The area the bureau managed in those states in 2016, and the share of those states’ total area under bureau administration:

Alaska: 112,845 square miles, 17 percent


Arizona: 19,069 square miles, 16.7 percent


California: 24,016 square miles, 14.7 percent


Colorado: 13,027 square miles, 12.5 percent


Idaho: 18,150 square miles, 21.7 percent


Montana: 12,484 square miles, 8.5 percent


Nevada: 73,395 square miles, 66.4 percent


New Mexico: 22,026 square miles, 18.1 percent


Oregon: 25,226 square miles, 25.6 percent


Utah: 35,658 square miles, 42 percent


Washington: 670 square miles, 0.9 percent


Wyoming: 28,711 square miles, 29.4 percent


Sources: U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Census Bureau

Push to move public land managers west wins new support

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Western lawmakers are arguing that BLM headquarters should be moved from Washington, D.C., to the West because of its influence there.
Male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden. More than 50,000 square miles of Bureau of Land Management land in the West has been identified as priority habitat for the birds. Western lawmakers are arguing that BLM headquarters should be moved from Washington, D.C., to the West because of its influence there.
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