SPAWP Provides ARWC Letter of Support Letter of Support for ARWC Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative Projects by SPAWP
SPAWP (Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Prevention) writes letter of support for ARWC (Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative) which is a hub for community
driven fire mitigation, forest health, watershed flow, water quality, stream restoration and post fire collaborative efforts, with a focus on prevention of the destruction
of key watershed that supplies Communities with thousands of Family Homes, Business’s, Military Bases, Pipeline Associations, City Municipalities, irrigation for Ranch
and Farming Agriculture. Also important to commerce and preservation is one of the Nation’s most scenic and visited Lakes on the renowned “Highway of Legends”
scenic southern Colorado Hwy 12, which runs through the San Isabelle National Forest. ARWC has been very successful in completing rehabilitation reclamation projects
and will be a key Organization and could further support Wildfire mitigation through shaded fuel break and similar types of projects before fire occurs.
This is a fantastic collaborative SPAWP is supportive of between ARWC and the USFS/USDA San Carlos Ranger District (San Carlos RD) of the Pike/San Isabel National Forests
& Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands together Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project reducing Wildfire damage, supporting healthy fire-resistant trees by reducing
the unhealthy tree population overgrowth and ground fuels mitigation. Post-wildfire floods destroy critically dependent (rivers/creeks) watershed that would be deployed
by sediment flow after a wildfire event. Fuel reduction on Federal Lands is a valuable important alignment which also helps SPAWP maximize the treatment projects on private
land mitigation projects. When rain comes down over a burn scar, these barren slopes allow the rainwater to move exponentially downhill creating massive land, rock and
debris down the mountainsides. The highly erosive materials found in our region further complicate problems with flooding and sediments damaging our fresh water supply
for humanity and wildlife habitat.
The Arkansas River Basin Supplies has experienced the damage of wildfires Hayden Pass Fire, Spring Fire and Decker Fire. Chaffee, Las Animas and Huerfano Counties depend
on watershed supply for survival, if they lose their watershed supply, this would literally create abandoned communities where there are currently vibrant economically
sustainable communities and visitors from all over the world. ARWC and SPAWP strive to facilitate in building stronger partnerships throughout the adjoining Counties as these
projects protect water shed by increasing the health of the Ponderosa Based Forests into healthy sustainable lands by decreasing the dense overgrowth population of trees and
ground growth that are over competing for water resources.
This project reduces risks to assets, loss of Human lives and Wildlife as well as creates work employment for Contractors. Supporting ARWC efforts to seek funding from the
National Forest Foundation.