Nov 5, 2013 1:53 PM by Elaine Sheridan
A local county commissioner is in Washington D.C. to encourage lawmakers to fund wildfire mitigation programs.
Tuesday Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources, will convene a Subcommittee hearing.
El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark is scheduled to testify at the hearing.
The hearing is titled, "Shortchanging Our Forests: How Tight Budgets and Management Decisions Can Increase the Risk of Wildfire," . At the hearing Clark will join local forest experts, including Deputy Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Jim Hubbard, Wolf Creek Ski Area president and CEO Davey Pitcher, The Nature Conservancy Director Chris Topik, and Intermountain Forest Association Executive Director Tom Troxel, in hopes of keeping wildfire programs from getting cut in the tight budget.
A live webcast of the hearing can be viewed on the Committee's website. The hearing is expected to start at 12:30pm, Mountain Time.