Donovan: ‘This bill begins the creep of us losing access to our public lands’

By By KRISTEN WYATT
Associated Pre

DENVER — Colorado Republicans are joining GOP colleagues in other Western states trying to exert more control over federal lands. The state Senate gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill giving state and local authorities so-called concurrent jurisdiction to federal forests and other lands. Republican sponsors say the bill could give local fire authorities the ability to act more quickly to fight fires on federal lands. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, cited confusion between local and federal authorities during recent wildfires, including the damaging Waldo Canyon and Black Forest blazes. “We should have these discussions …

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