Fitz-Gerald to headline July 12 forum on forest health funding |

Fitz-Gerald to headline July 12 forum on forest health funding


SUMMIT COUNTY – Colorado senate president Joan Fitz-Gerald will headline a distinguished panel at a community forum on forest health funding, Thursday, July 12, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco. With more than 81,000 of Summit County’s 413,000 total acres likely to be adversely affected by the pine beetle epidemic, the 7 pm. forum will address the current state of forest health project funding by federal, state and local government, the number and location of wildfire mitigation projects in Summit County under U.S. Forest Service contract; and the latest initiatives from private industry to find a local markets for the large quantities of beetle-killed timber accumulating here and in neighboring counties. Senator Fitz-Gerald, who also represents Summit County as part of her district in the Colorado Assembly, co-sponsored a number of forest health bills this past legislative session, including House Bill 07-1130, the Colorado Forest Restoration Act, with state representative Dan Gibbs (D-Silverthorne) and House Bill 07-1168, the Colorado Forest Improvement District Act, with state representative Al White (R-Winter Park).Joining Sen. Fitz-Gerald on the panel will be:- Trudy Kareus, U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s regional director for the Western Slope and I-70 corridor;- Mark Mathis, president, Confluence Energy LLC, which is building a $10 million plant in Kemmling that will use beetle kill material from area forests to produce wood pellets for home and commercial heating;- Joe Duda, forest management division supervisor at the Colorado State Forest Service, who will serve as grants administrator for the $1 million in state funds authorized under House Bill 1130 for forest improvement projects located in areas covered by the county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan.Anyone with an interest in Summit County’s future forest landscape is encouraged to attend the event, which is being sponsored by Our Future Summit.For additional information about the forum or its sponsor, please contact Sandy Briggs at (970) 418-0025 or at Box MUST!!!Summit Dems to hold meeting MondayColorado Democratic Party political director Bill Compton and secretary Carolyn Boller will be the featured presenters for a 6 p.m. monthly meeting of the Summit County Democrats on Monday, July 9th at the Frisco Recreation Building, 110 Third Avenue (at Granite), Frisco. The two leaders will lead a discussion on the merits of holding statewide precinct caucuses on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008, or at a later time in the spring, as well as the requirements for becoming a Colorado delegate to the August 22-25, 2008, Democratic National Convention in Denver. Also on the agenda: 1) details on the Summit School District ballot initiative; 2) consideration of a resolution advocating the impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney; 3) vacancy appointments to the central committee and 4) the establishment of a ‘Drinking Liberally’ chapter in Summit County.

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