Resources

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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