Embracing our Niche: Science + Community
Left Hand Watershed Center Annual Report 2020
Dear Friends of Left Hand Watershed Center,
A global pandemic and record breaking local wildfires. Wow, what a year. As we adjusted to physical distancing, our watershed experienced the largest fire in Boulder County’s history. The Calwood-Lefthand Fire destroyed homes, burned more than 10,000 acres, and raged alongside other devastating fires in our region and beyond. Yet even with all that we faced and continue to face, our niche of science and community served as a guiding force for our organization.
Community resilience built through our St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership is helping us begin recovery and restoration following the Calwood-Lefthand Fire. Science informed our adaptive management process for assessing and prioritizing watershed health. Community scientists embraced place-based learning in masks and walked away from each experience feeling more connected to their watersheds. Finally, our adaptive restoration experiment continues to quantify how restoration can help us build watershed resilience, particularly with the devastating effects of climate change which we all experienced this year.
Reflecting on 2020 and looking ahead to 2021, we know that science and community will continue to guide us, and we are grateful for all of the partners and supporters who helped us along the way. As we work to protect and restore our watershed through post-fire response and planning, adaptive management, community engagement, and on-the-ground restoration, we need your support more than ever. Please consider investing in tomorrow’s watershed by donating today.
How did science and community guide us?
Jessie Olson, Executive Director
Christopher Smith, Board President