Jim Lochhead (Denver Water), Clint Evans (NRCS), Mike Lester (Colorado State Forester) and Brian Ferebee (US Forest Service Regional Forester) sign a memorandum of understanding in Denver Feb. 27th, to renew and expand the FORESTS TO FAUCETS PARTNERSHIP. Photo: Ryan Lockwood, Colorado State Forest Service.
The Forests to Faucets partnership began in 2010 as a response to the 1996 Buffalo Creek and 2002 Hayman wildfires. Since its inception, the partnership’s goals have grown to not only reduce catastrophic wildfires, but to also restore forests impacted by reservoirs, erosion and beetle devastation. On February 27th, Forests to Faucets was granted a $33 million extension to continue its ongoing projects.
The specific strategies will be identified in a five-year plan and will include tools such as thinning, prescribed fire, and decommissioning roads to restore and protect 40,000 acres of landscape.
"The link between healthy forests and clean water is nowhere more evident than in Colorado, where we provide water for 19 states,” said Mike Lester, State Forester and Director of the Colorado State Forest Service. “That is why this partnership is so critical to providing both resilient forests and sustainable water supplies for residents of Metro Denver and the Front Range.”
The Cohesive Strategy strongly encourages these types of cross-boundary commitment and actions. Congratulations all!