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director for the Colorado Brewers Guild. "It's very high
on every brewery's radar to make sure that the water in
Colorado stays as pristine as it is."
Tom Fry, the AFF's director of Western forest
conservation, says he doesn't know much about
beer beyond how to drink it, but he does know how
important well-managed forests are to local water
supplies. Since 2015, the AFF has helped lead the
Upper South Platte Partnership, a five-year project to
provide educational and land-management resources
to private landowners in Colorado's watersheds. Key
partners in the effort include Denver Water, The Nature
Conservancy, the Colorado State Forest Service, the
Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S.
Forest Service. The Upper South Platte does not feed
the New Belgium Brewery.
The goal of the partnership is to lessen the risk and
severity of forest fires that often ravage the state by
reducing the fuel load on privately owned forestland,
which accounts for about 35 percent of the Upper
South Platte watershed's 885,132 acres. The AFF
considers 17,000 acres of the watershed to be at high
risk of severe fire and exceptional soil loss, and those
acres are owned by approximately 505 family forest
owners, making it vital that they have the resources to
practice good stewardship.
There are five major municipal reservoirs in the
Upper South Platte watershed, supplying water to

1.3 million Coloradoans. The area has been hit by
six significant fires in the last 20 years, including four
fires characterized as catastrophic, according to
AFF records. In an alarming trend, the nine worst fire
seasons in the region have all occurred since 2000.
"The science is pretty darn clear that a wellmanaged watershed is far more resilient in the face of
severe, catastrophic fire than an unmanaged or poorly
managed watershed," Fry says. "That is to say that if
we invest in the work on the front end, then when fire



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodlands - Fall 2017

Overstory
Tools and Resources
Forests and Families
A Legacy to Keep
From Forests to Fermentation
Feathering a Forested Nest
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - intro
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Overstory
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Tools and Resources
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Forests and Families
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 22
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 23
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - A Legacy to Keep
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - From Forests to Fermentation
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Feathering a Forested Nest
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