BLM gets new office near Silt next month

The Bureau of Land Management will bid goodbye to its Glenwood Springs Field Office and to that office’s name when it moves to a new location near Silt at the start of September.

The agency will be closed to the public Sept. 1-8 to allow for the move.

While its new offices are nearly ready for occupancy, the BLM has yet to settle on a new field office name. Spokesman David Boyd said the agency will no longer be called the Glenwood Springs Field Office, and it is going through the approval process for a new name.

He said it will be referred to as the BLM office in Silt in the meantime, but the agency is considering a name with more regional scope. The office’s jurisdiction includes several counties.

The BLM’s new building overlooks the Colorado River, and its windows afford big views of the Roan Plateau and other areas where it is manages oil and gas development and other activities.

But Boyd said, “We didn’t move west to be closer to the Roan Plateau or be closer to energy development.”

The agency wanted to stay in Glenwood Springs, where it had maintained an office for decades. The city is a more central location, as the field office oversees more acreage in Eagle County than in Garfield County.

However, it had outgrown its space in Glenwood Springs and found it hard to find a reasonably priced new location there that would have met its needs.

The agency will lease the Silt location, but it was built specifically for the agency. It includes more than 14,000 square feet of office space, plus a warehouse and outside storage space. The BLM is leasing the location from Bintzer Equities of Denver for $371,000 a year for 20 years.

The BLM will house between 60 and 70 people there. They will include not just field office personnel, but employees from a separate Glenwood Springs location.


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