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A Wake-Up Call for Colorado? Wildfires like these will likely continue happening and Colorado’s leadership must prepare for the effects. From helping frontline communities that often do not have the resources to escape dangerous air, to more adapted forest and urban management, Colorado has its work cut out. As the Denver Post reported,
A Denver Post examination found a $4.2 billion backlog of forestry work identified by the Colorado State Forest Service as critical to protect people and property from fires.
Owners of destroyed homes still typically rebuild on site, despite increased erosion and flooding.
More people moving into fire-prone forests between now and 2040 likely will triple the size of a high-risk interface zone, according to a forest service report scheduled for publication next month.
Climate Planning: Colorado has already begun implementing climate policy — the state has almost finished a statewide inventory that approximates the emissions from sources of greenhouse gases across the state, which would allow the state to enforce tougher regulations. And this September, Governor Jared Polis released a climate plan that sets a goal to cut emissions below 2005 levels by 2050, and plan to meet them by shifting to zero-emission vehicles, closing coal plants, and improving the efficiency of heating and cooling buildings.
However, some green groups have criticized the plan for not being specific enough about how the policies to achieve these goals will be set into place. The Natural Resources Defense Council put forth an analysis of how Colorado can fulfill its climate goals while also protecting its most vulnerable citizens.
As California’s wildfire season approaches, Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing $536 million in emergency and other fundingto combat and prevent fires this year. The plan invests in additional firefighters, fuel breaks around vulnerable communities, and wildfire response capacity.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Department of the Interior announced Friday that it will use funds allocated by a conservation bill passed last year to fund 165 national park improvement projects that will create nearly 19,000 jobs. The Biden administration has pledged to protect 30% of public lands and waters by 2030, but accomplishing that means completing deferred maintenance […]
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