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Southern Front Range Watershed

The Southern Front Range (SFR-JCLRP) project will treat vegetation in the project area within Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano, and Las Animas counties. Treatments would be adjacent to or near the towns of Cuchara, Aguilar, Stonewall, Wetmore, Westcliffe, Beulah, and Rye, Colorado.

The Southern Front Range (SFR-JCLRP) project will treat vegetation in the project area within Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano, and Las Animas counties. Treatments would be adjacent to or near the towns of Cuchara, Aguilar, Stonewall, Wetmore, Westcliffe, Beulah, and Rye, Colorado.

There are approximately 12,600 structures within the project area and a collective population of about 12,000 full-time residents, with another 1,000 part-time residents. An estimated 1/3 of the full-time residents in the project area are Hispanic, including some areas of 50% or more minority residents.

The Colorado State Forest Service Wildfire Risk map shows wildfire risk in the project area as moderate to high, with some areas of very high risk spread throughout. Fire intensity is shown as moderate to highest across most of the project area.

Significant portions of the project area are in the high to highest priority areas on the overall compositive map of the 2020 Colorado State Forest Service Action Plan.

This project would address these priorities by decreasing vegetation densities and fuel loading on public and private lands, thereby reducing the potential for large, crown dominated fire and improving forest health.

Multiple partners are committed to reducing wildfire risk in this project area including the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC), Purgatoire Water Partners (PWP), the City of Trinidad, the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP), the eight Firewise USA communities in the project area, local water conservation districts, local fire protection districts, and county officials.

Partners: Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative, City of Trinidad, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Water Conservation Board, The Cuchara Foundation, Huerfano County, Huerfano County Water Conservancy District, La Veta Fire Protection District, Las Animas County, National Forest Foundation (NFF), Purgatoire Water Partners, Spanish Peaks Alliance For Wildfire Protection, and Stonewall Fire Protection District

  • FY 2022
  • FY 2022 Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Project
  • Total FY22 Funding Request: $720,890
Colorado: Pike-San Isabel National Forest, Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano, and Las Animas counties
Filed under: Wildland Fire, Research