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Coalition for the Upper South Platte


Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Lake George, CO 80827

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Lake George
CO 80827
  • Communications/outreach
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firefighter/ Fire department
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Fuels treatment economics
  • Local workforce capacity building

Since 1998, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) has been protecting the water quality and ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through the cooperative efforts of watershed stakeholders, with emphasis placed on community values and economic sustainability. Working in the heart of Colorado to protect a largely forested watershed that provides drinking water for 75% of Colorado residents, CUSP ties together completed and planned forest management to increase the overall impact on ecosystem resilience and wildfire risk reduction. To successfully implement the Front Range’s Fire Adapted Communities efforts, CUSP focuses on areas of high to extreme fire risk and critical infrastructure.
This program of work includes:
1) implementing Community Wildfire Protection Plan and landscape-scale activities that reduce hazardous fuels;
2) increasing forest resiliency;
3) raising community awareness, preparedness and ownership; and
4) building local capacity for both biomass utilization and project management and implementation.


The WPHFI is wonderful partnership of key stakeholders from the Woodland Park area, and it is a great opportunity for the community and surrounding area to join in the forest protection effort. The objective of the Initiative is to thin the densely stocked ponderosa pine stands surrounding the community in order to make the area more resilient to catastrophic wildfire. These forest treatments would not only make the forest more resilient to catastrophic wildfire, but would also improve the health of individual trees, making them more resistant to bark beetle infestation, and more resilient to drought. As an additional benefit to the treatments, the Initiative is endeavoring to remove and chip as much of the forest thinning as possible, then utilize this woody biomass as a source of renewable energy.

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Waldo Fire Restoration

t approximately noon on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire was ignited. By July 18th, local firefighting operations had contained the wildfire at 18,247 acres. Though smaller in acreage than the Hayman Fire of 2002, the Waldo Canyon Fire was one of the most destructive fire to the people of Colorado in recent history, killing two people, burning 346 homes, and forcing the evacuation of over 32,000 people. The losses felt by those affected by the wildfire are longstanding, but will ultimately fall short of the strength gained as a community through our restoration efforts. This project, led by CUSP, is focused on long term recovery of the land and community.

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Pikes Peak Fire learning Network

The Pikes Peak Fire Learning Network (PPFLN) is an open and collaborative partnership focused on fostering an increase in the safe and appropriate use of fire as a management tool for reducing wildfire risks to communities, restoring forest resilience and enabling both people and nature to better adapt to and co-exist with fire.

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