New Bills Introduced

From our friends at the Front Range Roundtable:

The forestry grants bill SB13-269 has been introduced (PDF) >
Its first hearing will be Thursday, April 18th, in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at 1:30 p.m. Please forward this information to anyone else who might be interested. Lauren Ris (copied here), DNR's Legislative Liaison, is the lead on this bill at the Capitol.
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Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief on Prioritizing Firefighting, Public-Private Partnerships Ahead of Wildfire Season (PDF 67k) >
On Tuesday, April 16, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Chief Tidwell testified before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee about the FY14 USFS budget. Senator Udall pressed him on several issues, including wildfire suppression resources and air tankers, timber supply, stewardship contracts, and the importance of individual proactive work by private property owners to protect the "Home Ignition Zone." Udall highlighted the potential for the forest-products industry to cost-effectively improve the health of our forests and reduce fuel loads, while also providing jobs across the state through long-term stewardship contracts and by increasing timber supplies, in places including Pagosa Springs, Montrose, Gypsum, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Udall, Bennet Introduce Bill to Address Insect and Disease Epidemics on National Forest Lands (PDF 95k) >
Senator Udall continues to move forward with a series of forest health bills in this Congress. Today, he introduced a bill with Senator Bennet to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA) to broaden the application of HFRA authorities to address insect and disease infestations. This bill is similar to language in the Senate version of the Farm Bill that the House failed to pass.