The High Park and Hewlett Gulch Fires burned 95,172 acres in the Poudre watershed in 2012. The High Park Fire alone burned 87,200 acres and is the largest and most destructive fire in the history of Larimer County, destroying 259 homes and disrupting the lives of hundreds of residents.
The High Park Fire was a call to action for many organizations in Larimer County. Shortly after the fires were contained, a group of natural resource agencies, non-profits, representatives from the Cities of Greeley, Fort Collins and Larimer County, and local businesses came together to restore the lands impacted by the fires. This initial group, known as the High Park Restoration Coalition, was the beginning of CPRW. Based on the success of these early efforts, in May 2013, we became a non-profit coalition– the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed with the goal of providing leadership and coordination for the stewardship of the Cache la Poudre Watershed.
While the watershed is on the path to recovery, CPRW continues to complete post-fire restoration work on land burned by both the High Park & Hewlett Gulch Fires.
Seaman Reservoir Delta Stabilization Project
The Hewlett Gulch Fire in 2012 burned in high severity above Milton Seaman Reservoir which is owned and operated by the City of Greeley.
The Skin Gulch watershed was severely burned during the High Park Fire followed by severe summer rains in 2012, 2013 & the 500+ year flood in September 2013.
Unnamed Tributary 3
Unnamed Tributary 3 (UT3) is a 210-acre sub-watershed that was severely burned in the High Park Fire. UT3 is located above the Poudre River, CO HWY 14, and near the Munroe Tunnel.