The 2002 Hayman Fire was one of the largest in Colorado's history, burning all but a few hundred of Denver Water's 8,000 acres surrounding the Cheesman Reservoir, a primary watershed for the Denver city area. The fire's damage was extensive and a vast majority of majestic pines and firs on the property were damaged or killed by the fire. The fire resulted in the tragic loss of forest and watershed cover, which in turn affected water quality, and storage capacity for the reservoir as well as damaging or destroying habitat of 40 different plant & wildlife species in the immediate area including potential loss of a winter roost sites used by 20-40 Bald Eagles. American Forests, partnered with local organizations has been involved in extensive rehabilitation activities on the property in order to restore the area to its original beauty. As part of this recovery effort, a 10-year tree planting effort began in 2003 and continued in 2004 with the planting of 24,000 ponderosa pines.
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