November 15, 2021

Neguse Proposal to Formally Authorize Collaborative Forest Management Program Signed Into Law

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse’s proposal to formally authorize the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Neguse and Senator Bennet introduced the proposal to formalize the popular collaborative forest management program earlier this year, following the program’s contribution in holding off the advance of the Cameron Peak wildfire in 2020. 

“Last year's record-setting wildfire season in Colorado has highlighted the urgent need to invest in our forests and grasslands and support collaborative forest restoration efforts that we know will prove vital in preventing the spread of future wildfires,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “The Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership proved critical in holding off the advance of the Cameron Peak wildfire in 2020, and formally authorizing the program will support further restoration efforts across our state. I was thrilled to be at the White House today, as the President signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, including the provision to invest in this critical collaborative forest program. These investments will support efforts underway in Colorado to tackle the threat of western wildfires and invest in our forests.”

The Joint Chiefs initiative has supported more than 93 projects, including two in Colorado, and treated 300,000 acres of hazardous fuels, restored 29,000 acres in priority watersheds, and enhanced 200,000 acres of wildlife habitat. 

Colorado has received over $3 million through two Joint Chiefs projects: the Northern Front Range Collaboration Watershed Resilience Project and the San Juan Project. The Northern Front project helped slow the advance of the devastating 2020 Cameron Peak Fire.