Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Denver Water and the USDA Forest service signed a $33 million cost-sharing agreement for watershed restoration in hopes of avoiding future expensive wildfires. The average residential water user will pay an extra $27 over the course of five years to match the Forest Service's $16.5 million allocation. The money will fund tree-thinning and prescribed burns on 38,000 acres.