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

On Sept. 1, 2010, a legislative tour took place at the YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch near Fraser, Colorado.

BILL NUMBERNAMESUMMARY
SB 046Boundaries of Forest Improvement DistrictsAllows for the creation of a forest improvement district whose boundaries do not necessarily coincide with a county or municipality. Further, the district boundary may consist of noncontiguous tracts or parcels of property.
SB 102State Forester Prescribed Fire Certification StandardsRequires the Colorado State Forest Service to establish standards for training and certification of prescribed fire users.
SB 177Promote Biomass Energy DevelopmentRequires biomass energy facilities to be valued for the purpose of property taxation in the same manner in which wind or solar energy facilities are valued. Provides a property tax exemption for forestry equipment that is used in the production of woody biomass. Designates silviculture as an agricultural practice for tax purposes.
SJR 037Colorado Forest ProductsRecognizes the economic and environmental importance of Colorado's forests.
HB 1071Elimination of the Forestry Experience RequirementEliminates the requirement that persons employed in a technical forestry capacity by the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University system have at least two years of experience in forest practice.
HB 1131Colorado Kids Outdoor Grant ProgramProvides grants for programs that allow Colorado youth to participate in outdoor activities in the state, including but not limited to, programs that emphasize the environment and experiential, field-based learning.
HB 1223Sunset Repeal Forestry Advisory BoardAllows for the repeal of the seven-member Forestry Advisory Board. In 2008, Governor Ritter created the 24-member Colorado Forest Health Advisory Council to provide input and guidance on Colorado forest policy, making the board redundant.
HJR 1024Bark Beetle Wood Industry IncentivesSupports bark beetle mitigation efforts, and develops marketing and incentive programs; encourages development of properly sized, sustainable wood industries.