Colo. – Senator Michael Bennet hopes the recent passage of his Joint Chiefs Act of 2021 will help Colorado prevent major road closures like the one we are facing on I-70 from happening again. The amendment includes plans to restore forests and grasslands, reduce wildfire risk, and protect water supplies.
Bennet has partnered with Republican Senator John Hoeven to authorize the USDA’s Joint Chiefs Program, which is included in the Infrastructure Bill. The Joint Chiefs Program will support projects that reduce wildfire risk, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.
Senator Bennet says with the I-70 closures now more than ever, this amendment is needed,
“We have to deal with the incredibly problematic conditions in our national forest that are leading to these fires, that in turn are leading to the mudslides that caused the traffic to be stopped on I-70,” explains Sen. Bennet.
Since the USDA launched its Joint Chiefs Program, it has supported 93 projects, restored 29,000 acres in priority watersheds, and enhanced 200,000 acres of wildlife habitat.