A while back (April), I emailed Rep. Mark Udall’s office regarding two pieces of legislation: H.R. 5216 and 5218. I wanted to know the status of the bills, which were introduced to Committees way back in January. Both bills deal with expanding resources in order to deal with the millions of acres of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle. I have received a response from Rep. Udall and am reproducing it below:
Thank you for asking about bills I have introduced to respond to problems in Colorado’s forest caused by bark beetles and other insects. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for my delay in responding.
As you noted, both H.R. 5216 (the “Wildfire Risk Reduction and Renewable Biomass Utilization Act”) and H.R.  (the “Fire-Safe Communities Act”) have been referred to the relevant Committees. Regrettably, at this point neither has been scheduled for a hearing or other action. I have been and will continue to seek to have these bills considered, but each of the relevant committees has many pending measures and is also engaged in oversight activities related to other subjects within their jurisdiction.
Working to reduce the danger to Colorado’s communities from severe forest fires has been a priority for me since I was first elected to Congress, and I will continue to work toward that goal.
I will continue to monitor the pine beetle kill problem, including these two bills. I think these pieces of legislation are part of the important fight to mitigate the beetles’ effect.