2014 Farm Bill expands aid for forest health

Durango Herald | February 8, 2014

WASHINGTON – The new Farm Bill includes three provisions introduced by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to improve forest health.

The Agricultural Act of 2014, or Farm Bill, that President Barack Obama signed into law Friday at Michigan State University is a five-year plan that provides more than $100 billion a year in federal funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture projects, including those done by the Forest Service.

Two of the measures introduced by Bennet, D-Colo., permanently reauthorize and expand programs previously in place in Colorado: state and private partnerships with the Forest Service.

“Anybody who is downstream from Colorado – and that’s basically the entire country – ought to care about forest health in Colorado and ought to care about water quality in Colorado,” Bennet said Jan. 30 in a speech on the Senate floor. “I think we were heard in this bill, and I deeply appreciate that.”