Evergreen ranks #1 in Colorado and in the top 10 nationally for for catastrophic wildfire with the potential for significant loss of life. It ranks higher than 99% of communities in the US for wildfire risk.
Evergreen is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, which is a fire-prone region due to the dry climate and abundance of vegetation. The area is also characterized by steep slopes and narrow canyons, which can make it difficult to access and contain fires. The area around Evergreen has a high density of trees and other vegetation, which can serve as fuel for wildfires. Additionally, the bark beetle epidemic that has affected many forests in Colorado has left large areas of dead and dry trees, further increasing the risk of wildfire.
Who are the key stakeholders over Evergreen Colorado’s land?
Jefferson County Commissioners: Jefferson County is the county where Evergreen is located, and the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners plays a key role in setting policies and regulations that affect the area. The commissioners are elected officials who represent the citizens of Jefferson County and are responsible for overseeing county government operations.
Colorado State Legislature: The Colorado State Legislature is responsible for enacting laws and policies that affect the entire state, including the Evergreen area. The state legislature is composed of a House of Representatives and a Senate, with members who are elected by Colorado citizens.
Colorado Department of Natural Resources: The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is responsible for managing the state’s natural resources, including its forests, parks, and wildlife. The department works to protect these resources and promote responsible recreational use.
United States Forest Service: The United States Forest Service manages the national forests and grasslands in the United States, including the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, which are located near Evergreen. The Forest Service is responsible for managing these lands for multiple uses, including recreation, timber harvesting, and wildlife conservation.
Evergreen Park & Recreation District: The Evergreen Park & Recreation District is a local government agency that provides parks, trails, and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors in the Evergreen area. The district is governed by a board of directors who are elected by the citizens of the district.
Review the Evergreen Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) which includes mitigation and implementation recommendations, as well as an analysis of evacuation and post-fire modeling.