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									  Recommended Actions for
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Roundtable Findings & Recommendations
                                              May, 2006



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                    10 Initiatives to Increase Forest
                    Treatment Accomplishments
Roundtable goals                      Recommended initiatives
Increase funding for                1. Identify new state and local funding sources for treatments on
forest treatments                      state and private land.
                                    2. Increase treatment incentives for private landowners.
                                    3. Advocate for additional federal funding for Front Range treatments

                                    4. Increase appropriate application of prescribed fire and wildland fire
                                       use as a management tool.
Reduce the cost of
                                    5. Increase utilization of woody biomass for facility heating.
treatments                          6. Increase contract sizes and durations with stewardship contracts
                                       on federal land.
Ensure local
                                    7. Limit the growth of fire risk in the wildland-urban interface.
leadership and                      8. Promote the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans
planning                               for Front Range Communities at Risk.


Set clear priorities                9. Adopt a clear and common framework for prioritizing treatments.
and ensure                          10. Convene follow up Roundtable to ensure implementation of
progress towards                        recommended initiatives.
common goals
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                            Recommended Actions for the Colorado
                            General Assembly:
Initiatives              Recommended actions

1.   New state and       • Authorize and appropriate direct funding for fire risk mitigation on non-federal land.
     local funding

2.   Private             • Enact a tax-credit program to encourage treatments on private lands.
     landowner           • Revise the Forest Agriculture Tax Program to allow eligibility in the program if landowners
     incentives            reduce the risk of wildfire, even if the resulting products do not generate a profit.


4.   Increase            • Initiate and pass a resolution supporting the establishment of a Prescribed Fire Council
     prescribed fire       and the accomplishment of associated goals.

5.   Increase woody • Require the feasibility of bioheating be explored for new public buildings on the Front
     biomass          Range.
     utilization    • Provide subsidies for the conversion of heating units to bioheating in existing state
                      buildings.
                    • Revise the state’s renewable energy bill (Amendment 37) to include bioheating (for
                      example, electric power made from biomass is currently included.).
                    • Enact tax-credits to encourage businesses to serve bioheating consumers (for example,
                      wood-chip suppliers and distributors).

10. Ensure         • Adopt a resolution endorsing current Roundtable findings and recommendations and the
    implementation   formation of a follow-on Roundtable to monitor progress and address forest health
                     challenges.
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                             Recommended Actions for the Colorado
                             State Forest Service :
Initiatives               Recommended actions
 1.   New state and       • Identify and pursue opportunities for those dependent on good forest health to contribute to treatment
      local funding         costs (for example, municipal water consumers and suppliers, recreation users, and industries dependent
                            on forest aesthetics).
                          • Pursue opportunities to use the Good Neighbor Authority to extend private land treatments and contracts
                            onto federal land.

 4.   Increase            • Lead the formation of a state-wide Prescribed Fire Council, with active participation from appropriate state
      prescribed fire       and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local community leaders, to promote
                            the appropriate use of fire and reduce barriers to the application of prescribed fire and wildland-fire use.


 6.   Increase            • Support stewardship contracts on federal land by identifying complementary projects on private and state
      contract sizes        lands.
      and durations


 8.   Promote             • Work with local planning teams to incorporate key findings of the Roundtable into CWPPs.
      CWPPs               • Ensure continuity across CWPPs by providing state-level guidelines.

 9.   Framework for       • Prioritize treatments in accordance with the following consensus guidelines
      prioritization           – Establish treatments in the lower montane life zone (ponderosa pine-dominated forests). This is
                                 where fire risk is unnaturally high, forest restoration and community protection goals overlap, and
                                 landscape-scale treatments are appropriate.
                               – Focus treatments in forest types above and below the lower montane on site-scale treatments to
                                 achieve community protection goals.
                               – Ensure treatment programs are consistent with goals established through Community Wildfire
                                 Protection Plans (see Initiative #7).
                               – Support efforts of private landowners to comply with Firewise guidelines.

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                         Recommended Actions for County
                         Commissioners :
Initiatives           Recommended actions
 1.   New state       • Create Forest Improvement Districts (self-taxed) for the purpose of funding and carrying
      and local         out treatments in the wildland-urban interface.
      funding


 7.   Limit fire      • Include a wildfire component in comprehensive county land-use plans.
      risk in WUI
                      • Require Firewise compliance as part of the land development and building permit approval
                        process.

                      • Require fire risk information and Firewise educational materials be provided to applicants
                        for new building construction.


 8.   Promote         • Ensure that all Communities at Risk within the county have CWPPs in place within three
      CWPPs             years.




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                            Recommended Actions for Arapaho & Roosevelt and
                            Pike National Forests, and other federal land
                            management agencies:
Initiatives              Recommended actions
 1.   New state and      • Pursue opportunities to use the Wyden Amendment Authority to extend federal land treatments onto
      local funding        adjacent non-federal land.

 3.   Additional         • Accelerate opportunites to use the Wyden Amendment Authority to extend federal land treatments onto
      federal              adjacent nonfederal land, when possible.
      funding

 6.   Increase           • Initiate long term (for example, 10 year), landscape-scale stewardship contracts that reflect the priorities
      contract sizes       established by the Roundtable.
      and durations

 8.   Promote            • Support development of CWPPs by providing specialized natural resource knowledge, technical
      CWPPs                expertise, and financial assistance.
                         • Prioritize federal projects in approved CWPPs.

 9.   Framework for      • Prioritize treatments in accordance with the following consensus guidelines
      prioritization          – Establish treatments in the lower montane life zone (ponderosa pine-dominated forests). This is
                                where fire risk is unnaturally high, forest restoration and community protection goals overlap, and
                                landscape-scale treatments are appropriate.
                              – Focus treatments in forest types above and below the lower montane on site-scale treatments to
                                achieve community protection goals.
                              – Ensure treatment programs are consistent with goals established through Community Wildfire
                                Protection Plans (see Initiative #7).
                              – Support efforts of private landowners to comply with Firewise guidelines.




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                         Recommended Actions for the Colorado
                         Congressional Delegation:
Initiatives           Recommended actions
 3.   Additional      • Seek increased funding for the federal State Fire Assistance program to assist
      federal           communities and non-federal landowners.
      funding
                      • Seek additional federal funding through the hazardous fuels reduction programs such as
                        the National Fire Plan, the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, and others.

 5.   Increase        • Seek funding for the Biomass Commercial Use Grants in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to
      woody             subsidize a facility’s cost of purchasing biomass.
      biomass
      utilization     • Seek funding for the Improved Biomass Use Grants in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to
                        support development of woody biomass utilization opportunities.


 8.   Promote         • Establish dedicated funding for the creation of CWPPs.
      CWPPs




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                           Recommended Actions for Other
                           Organizations:
Initiatives                Organization                 Recommended actions
2.   Private
                           • FRFTP                    • Create a centralized information resource for private landowners (for
     landowner
                                                        example, on the FRFTP website) to identify incentive and cost-sharing
     incentives
                                                        programs available in each Front Range county. Coordinate the
                                                        expansion and increased marketing of private landowner incentives
                                                        with all applicable agencies
10. Ensure
                                                      • Convene follow up Roundtable every six months to review
    implementation
                                                        implementation progress and provide support, guidance, and leadership
                                                        where needed.

2.   Private               • Local       • Expand county and/or community-based cost-sharing programs
     landowner               governments   and slash/mulch services.
     incentives

8.   Promote                                          • Complete CWPPs for all Communities at Risk within three years.
     CWPPs

6.   Increase              • Non-govern- • Join multi-party monitoring groups to ensure stewardship contracts are
     contract sizes          mental        implemented in accordance with Roundtable-identified priorities and
     and durations           organizations sound ecological practices.

8.   Promote                                          • Inform communities about the benefits of CWPPs.
     CWPPs                                            • Encourage local participation and implementation of projects prioritized
                                                        in CWPPs.
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                        Recommended Actions for Other
                        Organizations (CONTINUED):
Initiatives        Organization                    Recommended actions
5.   Increase      • Colorado                      • Act as a marketplace to bring together potential bioheating suppliers
     woody           Wood (CSU)                      (such as private landowners and technology service providers) and
     biomass                                         consumers (such as public building planners).
     utilization
                   • Governor’s Office • Explore the development of bioenergy tax districts
                     of Energy
                     Management and
                     Conservation

7.   Limit fire
                   • Real Estate                   • Add fire risk disclosure to the Seller’s Property Disclosure (as
     risk in WUI
                     Commission                      currently exists for flood risk).
                                                   • Require real estate brokers to provide educational materials on
                                                     Firewise practices to buyers of forested properties.

                   • Rocky                         • Work with insurance providers to institute best practices in Firewise
                     Mountain                        education and compliance (such as State Farm’s pilot program
                     Insurance                       which makes fire risk assessments and provides policy holders with
                     Information                     recommended action plans to make Firewise improvements to their
                     Association                     properties).

8.   Promote       • Division of                   • Provide technical expertise in community-level hazard-response
     CWPPs           Emergency                       planning.
                     Management
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