Healthy lands, waters, and wildlife are some of the main reasons people live in Chaffee County and visit. They are part of what citizens value most and are vital to the local economy. However, forest health has declined due to insect infestations and years of forest fire suppression. Land management agencies are challenged to keep pace with the need to effectively manage our forests. Recognizing the urgency of the issue, Chaffee County partners with them, as well as local fire districts, homeowners and the community to improve wildfire resilience, water quality, and wildlife habitat.
Chaffee Common Ground funds projects through these partnerships to improve forest health and reduce wildfire danger to make the community safer and help improve our forests for future generations.