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|SHORT TITLE:||Bosque Fire Prevention||SB||58|
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Department of Environment
Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
Public Regulation Commission
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 58 appropriates $69.0 from the general fund to the middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) for the purpose of developing a cooperative fire prevention program for the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Previous discussions indicate the work will be performed with two crews from the Inmate Work Camp (IWC) Program operated by the Forestry Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).
Wildfires in the Bosque are a problem because of the encroachment of non-native species such as salt cedar, introduced to reduce erosion. The salt cedar is highly flammable in the spring and thrives after being burned. The Bosque fires represent increasing threats to domestic dwellings near the river.
The EMNRD has a joint powers agreement with the MRGCD, the principle landowner of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Approved project plans can be created that identify the location and nature of cooperative fire prevention work. According to EMNRD, SB 58 could assist in fire suppression possibilities since inmate crews could be working in the Bosque area year-round. Coordination of the project work would include consultation with various Bosque management entities and would entail plan review and demonstration projects.
According to EMNRD, the $69.0 appropriation would pay the costs of two crews of twelve inmates each for a year.