BLM Field Offices Close Due to Government Shutdown
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Bureau of Land Management is just one of the many places impacted by Tuesday's government shutdown.
More than 100 employees in the Grand Junction area alone will not be coming to work, as well as hundreds in the northwest Colorado district. Meaning all of these employees won't be paid until an agreement is made.
While there will be access to plenty of BLM public lands, certain camping areas will be closed, including Mud Springs and the North Fruita Desert.
Also, it would be unlikely that prescribed burns set to begin in October would happen.
Christopher Joyner, public affairs specialist with BLM Colorado, said, "If they want to come to our field offices, we won't be there to give them maps or answer questions or any of the myriad of things people come to see us on a daily basis, and also some of those camping areas." He also adds that some BLM revenue will be lost.
On a positive note, employees who work to ensure life and property protection, including law enforcement and emergency services, will remain on the job.
In addition to the BLM, national parks including the Colorado National Monument, plus museums, will close. However, mail carriers, airport screeners and the U.S. military will stay on the job.