Roberts:Lawmakers must turn attention to wildfire in 2014

The 2014 legislative session is less than two weeks away, and it will be an interesting time in the Colorado Senate. The recalls and resignation of three Democratic senators since we adjourned in May mean a nearly 10 percent turnover in a nonelection year. Election season 2014 looms on the horizon, too, so we’ll have quite the mix of personalities, issues and politics this session.

Yet, no matter the upheavals and distractions, we must focus on the threat – no, make that the promise – of continued catastrophic wildfires and the concentrated effort needed to improve forest health, statewide. This may be assisted partly by legislation, but much more needs to be done outside that avenue.

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