The state of Colorado values healthy, resilient forest landscapes and is willing to invest state funds in the stewardship of these resources.

During a 2009 legislative tour of Horsetooth Mountain Park in Larimer County, CSFS District Forester Boyd Lebeda shows evidence of mountain pine beetle in ponderosa to Reps. John Kefalas and Randy Fischer.
BILL NUMBERNAMESUMMARY
SB 001Community Wildfire Protection PlansRequires the CSFS to establish guidelines and criteria for counties to consider in preparing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) to address wildfires in fire hazard areas within the unincorporated portion of a county.
SB 013Civil Immunity to Persons Engaged in Emergency Response ActivitiesEnacts the "Marc Mullenix Volunteer Firefighter Protection Act," which provides limited civil immunity for fire departments and other entities that donate surplus firefighting equipment for later use; immunity for volunteer firefighters, their commanders and the organizations that employ them; and immunity for incident management teams, in connection with fires and other emergencies.
SB 020Responsibility for Responding to Wild Land FiresCreates a systematic, proactive approach to the management of wildland fire incidents in Colorado, regardless of cause, size, location or complexity.
SB 021Incentives for Volunteer FirefightersCreates a fund in the Division of Fire Safety to provide tuition vouchers to qualified volunteer firefighters who are enrolled in full-time or part-time study, and who agree to serve as volunteer firefighters for four years after completing their education.
SB 105Removal of Statutory Limit on the amount that may be raised for the purpose of fighting firesRemoves the statutory limit on the amount that can be raised in a year by a special property tax levied by a Board of County Commissioners for the purpose of fighting specified types of fires in a county.
HB 1162Intergovernmental Cooperation for the Purpose of Mitigating WildfiresRequires each local government to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) if that local government owns any land area located inside the territorial boundaries of a county, and contains at least 50-percent forest land, or land that constitutes a wildland area. The bill is effective on or before July 1, 2011. The purpose of the agreement is to mitigate forest land/wildland fires that affect the contiguous land areas of the local government and county.
HB 1199Colorado Healthy Forests and Vibrant Communities Act of 2009Increases efforts to address wildfire risk, provides resources to the Colorado State Forest Service to augment its technical outreach capabilities, and provides loans and grants for market-based and forest treatment solutions to reduce wildfire risk.