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Release Date: 08/26/09
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 319-4130    

BLM offices in Glenwood relocate to Silt Sept. 8

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s new office in Silt, Colo., is scheduled to be occupied and open for public business Sept. 8.  The two BLM offices in Glenwood Springs will be closed beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The new Silt office is located at 2300 River Frontage Road, on the south side of Interstate 70 and east of the Silt exit. The new phone number is (970) 876-9000.

“We ask for the public’s patience during our move,” said Glenwood Springs Field Manager Steve Bennett. “We’ll be in the process of moving and will not be open for business between September 1 and 8.”

The BLM Glenwood Springs Field Office manages 567,000 surface acres and 755,000 acres of sub-surface minerals in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.

“We’ve had an office in Glenwood Springs for at least three decades, so this is a big move for us,” Bennett said. “While we are looking forward to our new location, we will miss being based in Glenwood Springs.”
BLM began looking at new locations in 2007 in anticipation of its two current building leases expiring. The 2005 Energy Policy Act created a “pilot energy office” in Glenwood Springs to oversee increasing oil and gas development, which nearly doubled the staff in Glenwood and necessitated a second location. The Energy Office includes BLM, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, who will all work in Silt with the other field office employees.

“We simply had outgrown our space in Glenwood,” Bennett said. “The property in Silt was the most economical option that met our needs.”

 When fully completed, the new facility will include a wide variety of green and energy-efficient features, including water efficient landscaping and plumbing, energy efficient heating and cooling, paint and carpet minimizing organic volatile compounds, and construction to optimize passive solar heating.

“After a year of occupancy, we will pursue certification in the LEED program,” Bennett said.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System promotes sustainability by recognizing practices such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The new building was built specifically to accommodate BLM, which will lease the building. 

BLM will host a public open house in the fall, where the public will have an opportunity to tour the new facility.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 08-26-2009