April 08, 2022

Congressman Neguse to Welcome Secretaries Haaland and Vilsack to Boulder County to Discuss Colorado Wildfires

Secretaries Will Highlight Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments to Combat Wildfire Crisis, Build Resilience in Rural Communities

Lafayette, CO – Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Boulder County, Colorado, along with Senators Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper, on Monday April 11th for a field visit and discussion of wildfire resilience. The event is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Rural Infrastructure Tour and will highlight investments made in the state by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

“I am so pleased to welcome Secretary Haaland and Secretary Vilsack to Colorado next week to see firsthand how historic wildfires are impacting our communities and what solutions we can deploy to support our firefighters, restore our forests and address the root causes of climate change,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “For communities in my district, from the Front Range to the Continental Divide, we have been deeply impacted by unprecedented wildfires in recent years, including the Marshall Fire in December 2021 and the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires in 2020. It is critical that we respond by providing increased resources, recovery dollars and investments in our forests and wildfire mitigation and resiliency. Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are making some of those needed investments. It will take all of us, working together and problem solving to tackle these consequential issues and I’m so grateful to have Secretary Haaland and Secretary Vilsack as partners as we continue that vital work.” 

Secretaries Vilsack and Haaland will conduct a joint field visit to discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive efforts to protect rural communities from the threat of wildfires and improve the resilience of America’s forests and public lands. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes historic investments to implement this critical work through hazardous fuels management and post-wildfire restoration activities across America’s forests, rangelands, and grasslands.

After receiving a joint operational briefing from wildland fire experts about the seasonal fire outlook, Secretaries Vilsack and Haaland, Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper and Representative Neguse will share their vision for the Biden-Harris Administration’s wildland fire preparedness and response. They will also highlight new funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to address wildfire risk and prepare communities and ecosystems against the threat of wildfire.

The visit comes a week after Congressman Neguse chaired a Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands oversight hearing on investing in wildfire management, ecosystem restoration, and resilient communities. Specifically, looking into the Biden Administration’s priorities for the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Additionally, Neguse has been instrumental in providing communities throughout Colorado with resources to prepare for wildfire seasons, pushing for several bills in Congress to support wildfire resilience, mitigation and recovery as Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus including the Western Wildfire Support Act, the Wildfire Recovery Act, the Wildfire Smoke Relief Act, and Tim’s Act, to raise federal wildland firefighter pay. He has also been the champion for a reimagined 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps, to put a new generation to work in our forests working on climate resilience and forest management projects.