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Bill Detail: SB23-005

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Title Forestry And Wildfire Mitigation Workforce
Status Governor Signed (05/12/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Snyder (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Senate Sponsors L. Cutter (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House Committee Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/09/2023

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. Section 1 of the bill
directs the Colorado state forest service (state forest service) to consult
with other entities to develop educational materials relating to career
opportunities in forestry and wildfire mitigation for distribution to high
school guidance counselors to provide to high school students.
Section 2 creates the timber, forest health, and wildfire mitigation
industries workforce development program (development program) in the
state forest service. The development program provides partial
reimbursement to timber businesses and forest health or wildfire
mitigation entities for the costs of hiring interns.
Section 3 requires the state treasurer, on June 30, 2023, and on
June 30 each year thereafter, to transfer $1 million from the general fund
to the wildfire mitigation capacity development fund for allowable uses
of the fund.
Sections 4, 5, and 6 authorize the expansion of existing forestry
programs, including wildfire mitigation, and the creation of a new
forestry program within the community college system and at Colorado
mountain college (forestry programs). The bill provides for the
acquisition of a harvesting simulator to train students, which may be
shared among the forestry programs. The bill includes funding for the
forestry programs within the community college system and at Colorado
mountain college through limited purpose fee-for-service contracts and
Section 7 directs the state board for community colleges and
occupational education (board) to administer the recruitment of wildland
fire prevention and mitigation educators program (recruiting program) to
increase the number of qualified educators at community colleges, area
technical colleges, and local district colleges that deliver a wildfire
prevention and mitigation program or course. The bill appropriates
$250,000 from the general fund for the 2023-24 and for the 2024-25 state
fiscal years for the recruiting program.

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