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1.3 Million Coloradans Depend on the Upper South Platte Watershed 

Watch this two minute video to understand the importance of the Upper South Platte Watershed and how landowners can help make a significant long-lasting impact.

THE NEED

Wildfire and Water Protection

The Upper South Platte watershed, in the foothills west of Denver, supplies 80% of the water for Denver’s 1.3 million residents. This same area is also at an extremely high risk for large and catastrophic wildfires – think of the Buffalo Creek Fire that burned 12,000 acres over two days or the Hayman Fire that burned over 135,000 acres.

Water infrastructure is choked by flowing debris after severe wildfires. The aftermath of the Hayman Fire alone lead to 27 million dollars in dredging reservoirs and other repairs. Today, Colorado is in a critical era of water protection and increased action is required.

Landowners and concerned residents like you can play a significant role in managing the impacts of wildfire. Contact us to learn about how you can help.

Did you know?

Catastrophic fires like Hayman and Buffalo Creek burn at such high temperatures that the soil is unable to absorb and filter rainwater, effectively sterilizing the landscape.
“We are all in this together. When we take steps to protect and enhance our forests, we all benefit, whether we live here, work here, play here or merely appreciate the beauty of this spectacular landscape and the creatures that inhabit it.” Nancy Zorensky

Landowner, Jefferson County

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The amount of land that is private and family-owned that supports a clean water supply for the West while being at high-risk for wildfire

HOW WE HELP

Partnering with Local Forest Experts

The Upper South Platte Partnership is made up of organizations with significant expertise in all aspects of forest and wildfire management, including local fire protection districts, non-profits, local and State foresters, conservation organizations, and federal agencies.

By focusing on protecting communities, improving forest conditions, and improving wildfire response, the USPP is here to help landowners manage their land and positively impact their community, while protecting the Upper South Platte watershed for all.

PROTECT YOUR FOREST

Landscape resilience

PROTECT YOUR HOME

Effective fire response

PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY

Fire-adapted communities

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Partners