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Bill Detail: SB21-258

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Title Wildfire Risk Mitigation
Status Governor Signed (06/15/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
  • State Government
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
M. Snyder (D)
R. Hanks (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Local Government
Date Introduced 04/29/2021
Summary

The bill allows the forest service to issue forest restoration and

wildfire risk mitigation grants for projects on federal lands, so long as the
project maintains continuity across a landscape including federal lands
and the area of federal lands does not exceed the combined area of the
nonfederal lands involved in the project.
The bill increases the amount that the forest service may use for
the direct and indirect costs in administering the forest restoration and
wildfire risk mitigation grant program from 3% to 7% of any amounts
appropriated in any fiscal year.
The bill allows for the technical advisory panel that evaluates the
proposals for forest restoration and wildfire risk mitigation grants to scale
up and down in size.
The bill expands the allowable uses of the forest restoration and
wildfire risk mitigation grant program by allowing the grant program to
fund capacity-building efforts to provide local governments, community
groups, and collaborative forestry groups with the resources and staffing
necessary to plan and implement forest restoration and wildfire risk
mitigation projects, including community and partner outreach and
engagement, identifying priority project areas, prescription planning, and
acquiring community equipment for use by landowners.
The bill allows for the forest service to hire nontemporary
additional field capacity to support the implementation and monitoring of
fuels mitigation grant awards and wildfire risk mitigation program grant
awards and to hire full-time, nontemporary staff for developing, revising,
and implementing community wildfire protection plans and collaborative
landscape level prioritization plans; developing and implementing risk
mitigation and watershed restoration plans; strengthening the responsible
use of prescribed fire; and supporting economically beneficial uses of
woody biomass.
The bill also creates 2 funds. First, the bill creates the wildfire
mitigation capacity development fund. Money from the wildfire
mitigation capacity development fund is continuously appropriated to the
department of natural resources to support a number of wildfire related
areas administered by the department. Second, the bill creates the hazard
mitigation fund to assist local jurisdictions in obtaining the matching
funds required for certain federal hazard mitigation grants.
Finally, the bill requires the following transfers:
  • $5 million from the general fund to the healthy forests and
vibrant communities fund;
  • $2.5 million from the general fund to the wildfire risk
mitigation revolving fund for loans issued by the wildfire
risk mitigation loan program;
  • $17.5 million from the general fund to the wildfire
mitigation capacity development fund;
  • $3 million from the wildfire preparedness fund to the
hazard mitigation fund; and
  • $600,000 from the wildfire preparedness fund and $1.2
million from the Colorado firefighting air corps fund to the
wildfire emergency response fund.

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