Button Rock Watershed Ecosystem Plan

Button Rock Watershed Ecosystem Plan

The property contains the Longmont and Ralph Price reservoirs, which supply drinking water to the City of Longmont; as such, the primary goals were forest restoration and wildfire mitigation to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and the associated post-fire impacts on the water-supply system. In addition, the City needed an integrated weed-management plan and species inventory of plant and animal diversity.

Blue Mountain met these objectives through the implementation of an ecosystem management planning process that included field inventories, database searches, literature reviews and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping. Anchor Point Group provided technical assistance with wildfire behavior modeling and the development of restoration prescriptions. Noxious weed populations were mapped in accordance with North American Invasive Plant Mapping Standards and a custom weed control plan was subsequently created. An implementation schedule was generated to outline project components and facilitate management efforts.