Free workshop on 2008 Pine Beetle legislation |

Free workshop on 2008 Pine Beetle legislation

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) will host a free workshop on Thursday, July 31, from 6-8 p.m. in the Loveland Room at the Summit County Community Center at 150 Peak One Drive in Frisco to provide the “nuts and bolts” of recent legislation passed by the Colorado State Legislature regarding the pine beetle epidemic, forest health, and wildfire mitigation.

This legislation took affect July 1, 2008, and may be of interest to business owners, property owners, and local governments because of the tax incentives associated with it.

For instance, House Bill 08-1110 allows for a state income tax deduction for private land owners doing wildfire mitigation on private property; House Bill 08-1269 provides for a state sales tax exemption on the purchase of products made from beetle killed Colorado pine. The workshop will also touch on HB 08-1033 which supports proactive management of bark beetle ravaged areas of national forests by the USDA Forest Service.

Speakers for this workshop will include State Senator Dan Gibbs, State Representative Christine Scanlon, Joe Duda from the Colorado State Forest Service, Roxy Huber from the Colorado Department of Revenue, Sara Duncan from Denver Water and Doug Young, State Policy Director for Congressman Mark Udall’s Office.

For more information or to register for this free workshop, please contact Rachel Lunney at, or call (970) 468-0295, ext. 106.

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