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I_WMRC_2021A 09/14/2021 09:07:12 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
INTERIM COMMITTEE  WILDFIRE MATTERS REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date 09/14/2021
Attendance
Coram X
Lee X
Lynch X
Simpson X
Snyder X
Story X
Valdez D. E
Will X
Ginal X
Cutter X
Time 09:07:12 AM to 03:37:50 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Cutter
This Report was prepared by Ryan Dudley
Hearing Items Action Taken
Opening Remarks Committee Discussion Only
State Wildfire Management Funding Committee Discussion Only
Climate Change and Wildfire Committee Discussion Only
Policy Recommendations for Prescribed Burns Committee Discussion Only
Bill Draft Requests Committee Discussion Only

Opening Remarks - Committee Discussion Only


09:07:41 AM  
Representative Cutter, committee chair, called the meeting to order and offered opening remarks.



State Wildfire Management Funding - Committee Discussion Only


09:08:51 AM  
Christina Van Winkle,
Senior Environmental Analyst, Legislative Council Staff, presented her
memorandum on wildfire-related funding in Colorado.  The memorandum
was distributed to the committee prior to the meeting, and can be accessed
here:
http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/committees/2017/lcs_wildfire-related_expenditures_memorandum_-_final.pdf.
 Ms. Van Winkle answered questions from the committee.  Angela
Boag, Department of Natural Resources, assisted in answering the committee's
questions.



Climate Change and Wildfire - Committee Discussion Only


09:35:58 AM  
Russ Schumacher,
Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State
University, presented to the committee.  His presentation may be accessed
here:
http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/climatologist_presentation_wildfire_sep2021.pptx_.pdf.
 He discussed climate change and wildfire matters.  Dr. Schumacher
answered questions from the committee.

10:13:17 AM  
Angela Boag, Assistant
Director, Climate, Forest Health, and Energy, Department of Natural Resources
presented to the committee.  Her presentation may be accessed here:
http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/dnr_wildfire_forest_carbon.pdf.
 She discussed the forest carbon cycle and climate change.  Dr.
Boag answered questions from the committee.  Kristin Garrison, Associate
Director of Forest Planning & Implementation, Colorado State Forest
Service, assisted Dr. Boag with a question from the committee.



Policy Recommendations for Prescribed Burns - Committee Discussion Only


10:55:14 AM  
Rachael Hamby, Senior
Policy Analyst, Western Resource Advocates, presented to the committee.
 Her presentation may be accessed here:
http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/wra_presentation_to_wildfire_matters_review_committee_9_14_21.pdf.
 She offered policy recommendations for prescribed burns.  Ms.
Hamby answered questions from the committee.
11:37:07 AM  
Melissa Lineberger
and Chief Vaughn Jones, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, presented
policy recommendations for prescribed burns to the committee.  Ms.
Lineberger and Chief Jones answered questions from the committee.



Bill Draft Requests - Committee Discussion Only


11:52:52 AM  
The committee recessed for lunch.
01:36:20 PM  
The committee discussed their bill draft request ideas. Attorneys from the Office of Legislative Legal Services assisted in combining bill title ideas.


03:26:15 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning the establishment of pilot camera program.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Coram
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:26:41 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning right to burn.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Will
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:27:08 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning carbon sequestering through biomass, reforestation, and composting.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Valdez D.
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:27:38 PM
Motion Move to pass a bill concerning a website for education and public outreach.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Story
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:28:10 PM
Motion Move to pass a bill concerning workforce training and certification.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Ginal
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:28:37 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning compensation for seasonal and volunteer firefighters.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Ginal
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:29:12 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning the reintroduction of House Bill 20-1004.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Simpson
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:29:46 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning state funding mechanism to match local jurisdictions funding.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Valdez D.
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:30:15 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning wildfire evacuation mitigation for local jurisdictions.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Snyder
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:30:52 PM
Motion Move to draft a bill concerning incentivizing economic vitality for the timber industry.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Ginal
Coram
Lee
Lynch
Simpson
Snyder
Story
Valdez D.
Will
Ginal
Cutter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection



03:31:35 PM
Representative Cutter, committee chair, offered closing remarks and reminded the committee of procedural rules in terms of bill drafting.



03:33:20 PM
Representative Cutter and Senator Ginal discussed the upcoming field trip.


03:37:50 PM   The committee adjourned.