2008 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.

CSFS & Forestry Legislation

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2008 Forestry Legislation Summary

Bill Number Bill Name Bill Summary
SB 039 Training Directors of Fire Protection Districts in the WUI Directs the Division of Fire Safety to develop a pilot education program for Board members of Fire Protection Districts in the wildland-urban interface.
SB 071 Extend the Forest Restoration Pilot Program Extends for five years the Community Forest Restoration Grant Program that was established in 2007 through the passage of HB 1130. Grants are available to communities for fuels mitigation and restoration.
SB 221 Watershed Bonding for Forest Health With proper authority and agreement, bonds can be issued for forest health and watershed protection projects.
SB 232 CSU Agency Line Item Authorization Authorizes the General Assembly to appropriate funds directly to the Colorado State Forest Service, Agricultural Experiment Station and CSU Extension.
HB 1110 Income Tax Deduction Five-year program that allows a landowner to deduct the actual costs of wildfire mitigation up to $2,500.
HB 1269 Sales and Tax exemptions for Beetle-Killed Trees Exempts beetle-infested logs and products made from such logs from state sales and use taxes.
HB 1318 Mitigating the Effects of the Pine Beetle Infestation Establishes a beetle mitigation fund that allows the public to make voluntary donations that can be used to treat beetle-infested state-owned lands.
HJR 1033 Colorado Forest Health Promotes active management in National Forests impacted by bark beetles.
SJR 10 Concerning Stewardship Contracting Requests that the USFS, BLM and CSFS work together to identify and implement up to three long-term stewardship contracts.
SJR 25 WUI Interim Committee Creates an eight-member interim committee to hold hearings on issues related to the WUI, fuels mitigation, firefighting, tree mortality from bark beetles and incentives for forestry-related industry.