The Peaks to People Water Fund is committed to conservation that achieves measurable outcomes and is based on strong science. To that end, we have completed work at several demonstration sites to assist with initial data gathering, testing and process development. Each site is located in either the Big Thompson or Cache la Poudre watersheds and is unique in design and function. All operating and certification procedures used to measure ecological benefits and returns on investments are being documented and compiled into our Watershed Investment Tool, which will be used to understand outcomes and inform future projects. We have also developed a web-based performance tracking system, the Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker.
Fostering collaboration among local conservation organizations, public agencies and community stakeholders is the most important step in the water fund process. To that end, Peaks to People and Sitka Technology Group have developed a Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker. This valuable tool enables implementers, landowners and funders to track proposed and active projects designed to improve forest health and protect water in Northern Colorado. Equally important, it will allow citizens to see the benefits of all the work that is being done by the conservation community to restore our forests and protect water supplies.
This tool provides a wealth of information such as project maps, proposals, performance measures, funding sources and much more. Our Tracker generates fact sheets for each project which include: key accomplishments (performance measures), changes in fire behavior, funding, photos and other relevant information. Performance Measures demonstrate cost effectiveness and improve transparency of publicly-funded investments. Most of the performance measures will be provided by Peaks to People via our Watershed Investment Tool and Co-benefits tools.
- How to apply for funding through Peaks to People Water Fund
- How to register for access to the Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker
- How to add a project to the Peaks to People Watershed Health Outcomes Tracker
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
Thanks to our generous donors we have secured $1,457,436, including leveraged funds, to date. We have already exceeded our goal to treat 1,000 acres in the Big Thompson and Poudre River Watersheds in Northern Colorado by 2020. With your support we anticipate accomplishing a great deal more. Our short-term goal is to raise an additional $500,000 for project implementation by the end of 2020, resulting in up to an additional 600 acres treated.
* Accomplishments are modeled with Peaks to People’s Watershed Investment Tool and Co-benefits Module. Most calculations do not account for probability of fire. For more information, please visit https://peakstopeople.org/our-solutions/
Demonstration Sites Monitoring Summaries
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.
Photo Credit: © Peter M. Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research