2011 Forestry Legislation in Colorado
The state of Colorado values healthy, resilient forest landscapes and is willing to invest state funds in the stewardship of these resources.
|SB 110||County Open Burning Slash Permit Program||Requires counties with 44 percent forest cover to develop an open burning permit system for unincorporated areas of the county by January 1, 2012. Counties with an existing open burning permit system are exempt. The bill also exempts prescribed burns that follow federal and state guidelines, and preserves the existing rights of agricultural producers to conduct burning on their property.|
|SB 238||Extend Wildfire Preparedness Funding||Extends the annual $3.25 million transfer to the Wildfire Preparedness Fund of federal mineral lease revenues by the Department of Local Affairs for two years beginning on July 1, 2012. The funding is used by the Colorado State Forest Service for wildfire preparedness activities, including funding for firefighting resources, agreements and plans.|
|SB 267||Forest Health Act of 2011||Promotes forest health efforts, detailing several initiatives for the management and use of biomass derived from forest land located in the state. It creates the Colorado Forest Biomass Use Work Group to identify market-based models for forest management and woody biomass energy development.|