Efforts to move top US land managers west gain a strong ally

FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. 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. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

David Zalubowski

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees about 385,000 square miles (997,000 square kilometers) 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 (292,267 square kilometers), 17 percent

Arizona: 19,069 square miles (49,388 square kilometers), 16.7 percent

California: 24,016 square miles (62,000 square kilometers), 14.7 percent

Colorado: 13,027 square miles (33,739 square kilometers), 12.5 percent

Idaho: 18,150 square miles (47,008 square kilometers), 21.7 percent

Montana: 12,484 square miles (32,333 square kilometers), 8.5 percent

Nevada: 73,395 square miles (190,092 square kilometers), 66.4 percent

New Mexico: 22,026 square miles (57,047 square kilometers), 18.1 percent

Oregon: 25,226 square miles (65,335 square kilometers), 25.6 percent

Utah: 35,658 square miles (92,353 square kilometers), 42 percent

Washington: 670 square miles (1,735 square kilometers), 0.9 percent

Wyoming: 28,711 square miles (74,361 square kilometers), 29.4 percent

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

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