Over recent decades, Nederland has become a destination for recreationists, visitors, retirees, and others wanting to be closer to the mountains. Located north of Denver, Colorado and in Boulder County, Nederland is surrounded by public lands, including the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest, and the James Peak Wilderness.
In 2016, Nederland experienced the Cold Springs Fire, which burned 525 acres, damaged 18 structures, including 8 homes. An additional 350 homes were at immediate risk, with spread potential to critical infrastructure, such as the Barker Reservoir which supplies a major portion of fresh water to Boulder, CO. Nederland also witnessed the Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010, which burned within 5 miles of the community and destroyed nearly 170 homes.
Nederland was selected as a CPAW community in 2020. Final recommendations to Nederland included:
- Update WUI Code
- Implement fuel break and strategic wildfire access
- Update plans to integrate wildfire risk reduction and land use planning activities.
- 2020 CPAW Community
- Population: 1,496
- Growth Rate (2000-2017): 12.1%
- Fuel Type: ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce, grass, shrubs, sage, juniper