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
Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) volunteers safely reduce fuels that contribute to fire danger in the watershed.
2012 Forestry Legislation Summary
|Bill Number||Bill Name||Bill Summary|
|HB 1032||Continue Forest Restoration Program||The bill continues the Forest Restoration Program and its associated funding from severance taxes for 5 years and specifies that the program is no longer a pilot program. The bill also extends for 5 years annual transfers of $1.45 million from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund to the healthy forests and vibrant communities fund, and $50,000 to the wildland-urban interface training fund.|
|HB 1045||Tax Exemption From Beetle Killed Trees||Wood wholesalers must certify on a Department of Revenue form that a product is lawfully harvested in Colorado from a salvaged tree killed or infested by spruce beetles. The sales tax exemption for these timber products is in effect from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2020. The bill also extends until July 1, 2020, the sales and use tax exemption for the sale, storage and use of wood from salvaged trees killed or infested in Colorado by mountain pine beetles.|
|HB 1283||Department of Public Safety, Renaming, Reorganizing Certain Entities||This bill consolidates homeland security functions of Colorado into the Department of Public Safety (DPS); it also transfers wildfire command and control responsibilities from the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) to the DPS.|
|HB 1285||Intergovernmental Cooperative Wildland Fire Mitigation||This bill modifies statutory requirements regarding intergovernmental cooperation for wildland fire mitigation where a municipality owns land inside a county for utility purposes.|
|HB 1352||State Commission to Address the Lower North Fork Wildfire||This bill creates a commission to study the causes of the Lower North Fork Wildfire and to develop recommendations for preventing similar events from happening again. The commission will consist of five people: Two from the House, two from the Senate and the executive director from the Department of Public Safety. Their report is due by year's end.|
|HB 1361||Concerning Claims Arising under "the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act"||This bill eliminates the state's immunity from damages sustained by citizens due to prescribed fire. It also lifts the $600,000 per event/$150,000 per person cap, and specifies how citizens who sustained damages can receive additional compensation beyond specified limits.|
|SR 003||Management for Healthy Forest Ecosystems and the Use of Colorado Forest Biomass||This bill requests the Colorado State Forest Service, the Colorado Economic Development Commission, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Governor's Energy Office to work towards promoting and/or developing opportunities for sustainable forest management that can support a forest energy industry.|