2010 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
On Sept. 1, 2010, a legislative tour took place at the YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch near Fraser, Colorado.
2010 Forestry Legislation Summary
|Bill Number||Bill Name||Bill Summary|
||Boundaries of Forest Improvement Districts||Allows 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.|
||State Forester Prescribed Fire Certification Standards||Requires the Colorado State Forest Service to establish standards for training and certification of prescribed fire users.|
|SB 177||Promote Biomass Energy Development||Requires 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 037||Colorado Forest Products||Recognizes the economic and environmental importance of Colorado's forests.|
|HB 1071||Elimination of the Forestry Experience Requirement||Eliminates 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 1131||Colorado Kids Outdoor Grant Program||Provides 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 1223||Sunset Repeal Forestry Advisory Board||Allows 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 1024||Bark Beetle Wood Industry Incentives||Supports bark beetle mitigation efforts, and develops marketing and incentive programs; encourages development of properly sized, sustainable wood industries.|