U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Haaland To Visit Colorado to Discuss Outdoor Recreation, Drought and Wildfire Response

Trip will include field visits, meetings with community members

WASHINGTON — This week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will travel to Colorado to discuss the Department of the Interior’s ongoing work to address worsening drought and wildland fire conditions and to highlight opportunities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework to support state and local efforts. She will also meet with local community leaders to hear about their vision for how to advance conservation and the state’s growing outdoor recreation economy.

While in Grand Junction, Secretary Haaland will visit the Bureau of Land Management’s office and meet with employees. During her three-day visit to Denver and Colorado’s western slope, she will meet with elected federal, state and local leaders, Tribes, Department employees, and other community members.

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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.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF SECRETARY HAALAND’S VISIT TO COLORADO

NOTE: Consistent with CDC guidelines, masks will be required for anyone not fully vaccinated.

The following media opportunities will be held:

Thursday, July 22, 2021

11:00 AM MDT: Media availability to discuss drought response (Denver, CO)

Press: Open

Friday, July 23, 2021

1:00 PM MDT: Media availability to discuss wildland fire preparedness and response (Grand Junction, CO)

Press: Open

Saturday, July 24, 2021

12:00 PM MDT: Community roundtable to discuss Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy (Ridgway, CO)

Press: Open

Please RSVP to tyler_cherry@ios.doi.gov by 4 PM MDT, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Location specifics and participants will be provided upon RSVP confirmation.


About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

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