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.

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CSFS & Forestry Legislation

On Sept. 1, 2010, a legislative tour took place at the YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch near Fraser, Colorado.
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
SB 046
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.
SB 102
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.