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Pike National Forest

Replanting Our Nation’s Forests


Forest Overview

Spanning three million acres in central and southeast Colorado, Pike & San Isabel National Forests offer visitors a diverse landscape -- from short grass prairies to alpine tundra. The South Platte watershed rises in Pike National Forest --more than 60 percent of the water used by Denver residents originates in the forest as rain or snowmelt. Due to its beauty and location, the forests consistently rank in the top ten national forests visited each year.

Pike National Forest Needs Our Help

The Buffalo Creek Fire of 1996 burned 12,000 acres. The Hayman Fire of 2002 burned approximately 137,000 acres – the largest fire in Colorado’s history. Both fires had a devastating impact on the upper South Platte watershed, the primary water source for the City of Denver. In moderate and high intensity burn areas, 100% of the trees were lost – and, along with them, future seed sources for natural regeneration. It is essential that we bring awareness and resources to this projectwhile we still have time to make a difference.

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You can help repair damage to wildlife habitats. Read about our efforts in each and restore the awe-inspiring beauty of our state and national forests.

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