2017 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.
|HB17-1070||Study Drone Use by Public Safety Agencies||The bill does the following:
|SB17-050||Consolidate Forest Risk and Health Grant Programs||Prior to the passage of SB17-050 law authorized 2 grant programs relating to forest management: One relating to wildfire risk reduction that was administered by the department of natural resources, which is financed by a one-time transfer of $1 million from the general fund, and one relating to landscape-scale forest health that was administered by the Colorado State Forest Service, which is financed by annual transfers of $1 million from the severance tax operational fund that ended on July 1, 2016.
The bill does the following:
|SB17-259||General Fund Transfers Protect Natural Resources||Concerning a transfer of money from the general fund to cash funds administered by state departments for the protection of the state's natural resources.
The bill requires the state treasurer to transfer money from the general fund as follows:
|SJM17-001||Memorialize Congress to Fund Wildfire Response||This Resolution is concerning the need for Congress to fund catastrophic wildfire response costs outside of federal forest management agencies' normal budgets.
The Resolution encourages Congress to enact laws necessary to protect federal land management agencies' ability to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires and manage the lands within their jurisdiction by funding catastrophic wildfire response in a manner analogous to that used for natural disasters.
|SJR17-002||Support for Use of Biochar||This Resolution is concerning the Colorado general assembly's support for the continued research, development, and application of biochar from our forests.
The Resolution states that the Colorado general assembly, support the United States Forest Service, the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, and other research into the removal of fuel loads on the forest floor for the creation of biochar and the use of biochar as a soil amendment for reforestation, the continued creation of biochar from woody biomass found in our forests, and the use of biochar as a soil amendment within our forests and farms, towns, and cities to assist with reforestation treatments.