Peaks to People Water Fund

Severe wildfires are threatening the watersheds that supply water to our businesses and communities. Our unique water fund matches donors concerned about Colorado's water quality with land stewards interested in implementing best practices to ensure forest health and water safety.

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Forest Health Management




Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)


The Peaks to People Water Fund aims to protect water resources in the Cache la Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds by restoring forests to reduce the risk of severe wildfires. These forest health projects not only protect water from sedimentation and debris, but also improve forest health and habitat, decrease firefighting costs, and reduce home loss and infrastructure damage. Our goal is to dramatically accelerate forest restoration to reduce the threat of severe wildfire by engaging downstream water users to donate funds for this work.

Using sophisticated tools, Peaks to People identifies the treatment type and location based on the greatest potential risk reduction. Additionally, each treatment site is monitored before and after the treatment to accurately measure the results of the treatments.

Treatments will by and large focus on reducing overgrown forests by thinning trees in a method that promotes natural habitats, but mitigates the risk of fire by leaving less available fuels to burn in the event of a fire. Depending on the specific treatment plans for each site, trees may be: Felled and put into a burn pile, Removed for other use, Treated with a prescribed burn

All treatment plans will be thoroughly vetted and discussed with landowners, contractors, and investors prior to the start of a project.


Evidence of Program's Success

Accomplishments as of April 2020*

$1,048,000 Invested in Fuels Reduction Activities
1,200 acres treated (Fuels Reduction/Forest Restoration)
330 acres Active Crown Fire Reduced
$740,000 in Avoided Home Loss
8,100 metric tons of Avoided Sediment in Water Supplies
$79,900 Avoided Sediments Costs to Water Supplies
750 acres Crucial Wildlife Habitat protected from Wildfire
230 acres Parks and Open Space Protected from Wildfire

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