Project Proposals 

Peaks to People Project Selection Process/How to Apply for Funding
Projects are proposed for funding through the Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker. This document outlines how Peaks to People evaluates project proposals.

Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker

How to register for access to the Peaks to People Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker

How to add a project to the Peaks to People Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker

Peaks to People Project Tracker Data Requirements


Watershed Investment Tool Technical User Guide
This document provides technical details on the Peaks to People Water Fund Watershed Investment Tool. The first section of the user guide covers the modeling approach and limitations with references to the supporting science. The second section covers the input data requirements and GIS pre-processing workflow in sufficient detail for an experienced GIS user to replicate the analysis. The third section covers proper use of the Watershed Investment Tool for anticipated workflows.

Co-Benefits Calculator Technical User Guide
The Co-benefits Calculator is designed to estimate the benefits of fuels treatment to resources at risk to wildfire. The co-benefits calculator utilizes the same principles behind the Wildfire Risk Assessment Framework (Scott et al. 2013), with slight changes to maintain consistency with the Watershed Investment Tool (WIT).

Program Information 

Peaks to People Water Fund Administrator’s Handbook
This Administrator’s Handbook is meant to outline the role of the Administrator of Peaks to People Water Fund, especially by highlighting existing resources and describing annual tasks need to work toward ultimate success of the organization and mission.

Peaks to People Operations Manual
The Peaks to People Water Fund (Water Fund) Operations Manual (Manual) provides all the material necessary for understanding and participating in the Water Fund.  The primary audience of the Manual is current and potential participants in the Water Fund. This document is organized into the following major sections, along with a set of more detailed appendices.

Resources for Building Water Funds
Watershed investment programs, also known as water funds, are our best chance to protect the natural resources our survival depends on. Information is provided here on the basics of water fund development along with links to more detailed resources.

Performance Based Conservation
Performance Based Conservation is an innovative way of rewarding public and private land stewards for the delivery of measurable environmental outcomes. Peaks to People Water Fund has created a voluntary, incentive-based watershed investment fund that enables transparent and efficient payments to land stewards.

Peaks to People Treatment Monitoring Guidelines
This document provides a broad set of forest management goals, treatment guidelines, and monitoring criteria to guide the development of projects under the Peaks to People Water Fund. This document is intended to serve as a starting point for the design and monitoring of initial projects, but should be considered a “living” document to be updated and modified as the water fund continues to develop.


2018 Ecological Monitoring Report for Peaks to People Water Fund Demonstration Sites
The analyses of modeled fire behavior by the Colorado Restoration Institute, CSU and The Nature Conservancy suggest that Peaks to People forest restoration treatments enhanced forest resilience to wildfire within most management areas by changing conditions at demonstration sites to support low- to mixed-severity fire regimes.

Executive Summary of 2018 Ecological Monitoring Report for Peaks to People Water Fund Demonstration Sites

Monitoring Summary_Ben Delatour Scount Ranch – Burn Only

Monitoring Summary Ben Delatour Scout Ranch — Thin and Burn

Monitoring Summary Ramsay Shockey Unit B

Monitoring Summary Ramsay Shockey Unit C

Interim Monitoring Report For Peaks To People Water Fund Demonstration Sites
Results suggest the Peaks to People forest management funded activities are likely to enhance forest resilience to wildfire within the management areas.

The Right Work in the Right Places: Prioritizing Fuels Reduction to Protect Water Supplies
Because of the high cost of forest management and immense size of some municipal watersheds, prioritizing the type and location of fuels reduction treatments is critical. RADS uses information on fuel treatment risk reduction, feasibility, and cost to identify the most effective fuel treatment types and locations to reduce wildfire risk to water supplies.

A Preliminary Green – Gray Analysis for the Cache la Poudre and Big Thompson Watersheds of Colorado’s Front Range
In this report the Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE) and World Resources Institute (WRI) have partnered with the Center for Collaborative Conservation to investigate the potential cost savings associated with investments in green infrastructure solutions to water quality issues in the Cache la Poudre and Big Thompson Watersheds of Colorado’s Front Range.

Watershed Inventory Yellow Pages
The Cache la Poudre Watershed Inventory was a project of Peaks to People (formerly the Colorado Conservation Exchange). The purpose of this project is to create a public document, database, and map application of the activities conducted and information produced by organizations in the Cache la Poudre (CLP) and Big Thompson* (BT) watersheds.


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