The Dawn of a New Era: The Reality of Year-Round Wildfires

The combination of climate change and population growth in the western United States has brought on a seismic shift in the way we view wildfire. Once thought to be mostly contained to forested mountain landscapes during the summer months we have learned fire is not limited to or contained within natural areas but can move […]

The Long and Costly Road to Wildfire Recovery

During the late summer and early autumn of 2020 Northern Colorado experienced the two largest wildfires in our state’s history. With more than 400,00 acres scorched, encompassing more than 625 square miles, the devastation was nearly unfathomable. Swift and coordinated recovery efforts across the burned landscapes began before the final flames were even extinguished. The [...]

Partnering Up with the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

Big Thompson Initiative Partner Profile Colorado Forest Restoration Institute Since 2016 Peaks to People Water Fund and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) have been working together to assess forest conditions in Northern Colorado to ensure project selection meets the water funds goals and objectives. As a science-based outreach and engagement organization CFRI leads collaborations […]

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Our Partnership with the Big Thompson Conservation District

Big Thompson Initiative Partner Profile and Projects Big Thompson Conservation District Peaks to People and Big Thompson Conservation District (BTCD) have been collaboratively working together on forest health projects since 2017. As our organizations have developed and grown so has our partnership. Like Peaks to People, BTCD is also working to improve water quality by […]

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Wildfire Recovery Efforts Are a Race Against the Clock

Autumn Wildfires: A Curse and a Blessing The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires impacted more than 400,000 acres and encompassed over 625 square miles in the autumn of 2020. The timing of those fires were both a curse and a blessing. Late season wildfires such as these feed off of drier and more abundant […]