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Pike National Forest

Replanting Our Nation’s Forests


Forest Overview

Pike National Forest
Spanning more than 1 million acres in central Colorado, Pike National Forest offers visitors a diverse landscape — from short-grass prairies to alpine tundra. The South Platte Watershed resides 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 forest consistently ranks 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.


Newly planted trees will help to re-establish critical habitat and protect the Upper South Platte Watershed.



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