Healthy Forest Management Act gets mixed reviews at Colo. meeting

Posted: Apr 5, 2013

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Emery Cowan, Durango Herald
Healthy forest

La Plata County Commissioners have yet to give their official support to a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton that would give state and county governments more say in the management of certain high-risk areas within U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

The congressman met with commissioners Tuesday as part of a tour of the Western Slope during Congress’ two-week recess, and the local officials’ first questions were aimed at his Healthy Forest Management Act.

The act allows governors, in consultation with counties, to designate high-risk areas such as watersheds and develop emergency hazardous-fuels reduction projects for those areas.

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