Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) was selected as Chair of the Legislative Support Subcommittee of the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee.
The bipartisan subcommittee includes Representative Amy Stephens (R-Colorado Springs), Representative Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs), and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Mark Udall, U.S. Senator Michael Bennett, and Congressman Doug Lamborn. It will follow and coordinate issues of state and federal support to El Paso County following the destruction of nearly 500 homes in the Black Forest area.
The two most destructive forest fires in Colorado history, the Black Forest Fire and the Waldo Canyon Fire, occurred in the last two years and are both within the new boundaries of Senate District 9. Lambert said that current efforts have not yet been sufficient to effectively manage the health of Colorado forests, and to protect lives and property from wildfires.
“We hope the El Paso experience will not be forgotten, but will motivate new and better ideas to protect all Colorado lands and people,” he added.
Lambert, a member of the state's Joint Budget Committee, Senate Appropriations Committee, and Chair of the Legislative Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Committee, has been an outspoken advocate for more state reserves and planning for emergencies, especially wildfires. As part of the state budget process, a total of $65 million were added to emergency liquid assets over the past two years.