FOLBR - Friends Of the Lower Blue River

  • The Blue River Valley

    The Blue River Valley

    Meanders down the highway 9 corridor, North of Silverthorne

  • Beautiful Colorado

    Beautiful Colorado

    Education, Collaboration & Community Involvement.

  • Environmental Integrity

    Environmental Integrity

    Promoting the safety for residents, livestock & wildlife.

  • Unspoiled National Forest

    Unspoiled National Forest

    Maintaining the rural character, quality of life, and the environment.

  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    To protect the traditional agricultural character of the Valley.

  • The Blue River Valley
  • Beautiful Colorado
  • Environmental Integrity
  • Unspoiled National Forest
  • Our Mission

Friends Of The Lower Blue River

A volunteer group promoting quality of life, and the
environment of the Lower Blue River Valley.

About FOLBR

The Friends of the Lower Blue River are dedicated to sustaining and protecting the traditional agricultural character, promoting the safety of the residents, livestock and wildlife, and maintaining the environmental integrity of the Lower Blue River Valley through education, collaboration and community involvement.

Mission

To sustain and protect the traditional agricultural character, promote the safety of the residents, livestock and wildlife, and maintain the environmental integrity of the Lower Blue River Valley through education, collaboration and community involvement.

History Story Map

Friends of the Lower Blue River is committed to preserving the rich history of the Blue River Valley. Through grant support from the Summit Foundation, we have created this interactive tool that documents and takes you to key points of interest in the Valley. You will see photographs and read about those who came before us. Those who settled this pristine area of Summit and Grand Counties in the 1800’s and the relevance those sites have today. FOLBR invites you to take this journey on our website and discover the treasure, that truly is the Lower Blue River Valley.

Click Here to see History Story Map

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Stop The Pit Blog

The DRMS Pre-Hearing Conference

The DRMS Pre-Hearing Conference

The long awaited DRMS Pre-Hearing Conference sets the stage for the State Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety Board to consider Peak Ranch Resource. Peak Materials has applied for a state permit with the DRMS to mine gravel at the former Hillyard Property. The conference, held Wednesday, March 31st, set the ground rules for the full DRMS Board meeting April 21st and 22nd to consider Peak's permit request.  

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DRMS Sets the Agenda for Hearings on Peak Ranch Resource

DRMS Sets the Agenda for Hearings on Peak Ranch Resource

****IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU SUBMITTED A LETTER IN OCTOBER REQUESTING PARTY STATUS AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE DRMS BOARD...YOU MUST ATTEND THE PRE-CONFERENCE HEARING ON MARCH 31st. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK AT THE BOARD MEETINGS IN APRIL.****

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Beyond The Trails Blog

The Quest for Healthy Soil

The Quest for Healthy Soil

As a kid in Milwaukee, WI, my parents encouraged me to play outside and in the dirt. The backyard and all the beautiful parks were fair game and after an adventurous day getting dirty, I felt healthy and energized waiting to do it all again. Little did I know at the time how powerful and dynamic soil really is for us.

It is so important that archaeologists have determined the demise of many sophisticated civilizations, such as the Mayans of Central America and the Harappan of India, resulted directly from the mismanagement of their soils. (Soil Science of America)

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One Sustainable Brand at a Time

One Sustainable Brand at a Time

“One Sustainable Brand at a Time”

We currently consume goods & services with little attention to their ecological footprint. For us to reach a sustainable balance between humans and the natural world, our consumption and choices must experience a radical paradigm shift with conscientious purchases that protect our natural resources. 

Here in Summit County, two startups in retail are changing this dynamic. In Breckenridge, Folcland Clothing (https://folcland.com) owner Alyssa Pullekines takes sustainability seriously. She offers a dynamic suite of women’s clothes. “Not only do the lines we offer prioritize natural, up-cycled, and eco-friendly materials and low impact techniques, but also overall production quality and labor standards,” says Pullekines.

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A Thirsty New Year for Colorado

A Thirsty New Year for Colorado

According to a November 6th Colorado Sun article, 25% of the state is in exceptional drought status, with all the state in some degree of drought. Recent snowstorms have provided some relief, though water issues continue to plague Colorado and most of the Southwest.

The West is facing a daunting future as the Colorado River Basin, that provides water for millions, is drying up. How can we protect and manage this vital resource?  As I’ve written before, roughly 11% of the flow reduction over the last century has been due to climate change. 

“The impact of warming on the West’s river flows, soils, and forests is now unequivocal,” writes Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Scientist at the Colorado Water Center. Udall goes on to say “There is a clear longer-term trend toward greater aridification, a trend that only climate action can stop."
 

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Whats Happening Blog

FOLBR Position on the Fiester Reserve

FOLBR Position on the Fiester Reserve

The Summit County Board of County Commissioners is considering extinguishing the Fiester Preserve Conservation Easement in Frisco. This open space area was designated to remain a conservation easement in perpetuity. Friends of the Lower Blue River has taken a stand against this effort by the Summit BOCC. It is our position this would set a very dangerous precedent, that could affect conservation easements along the Lower Blue River Valley. Here is the letter from the FOLBR Board sent to the Commissioners on the BOCC.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LETTER

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Join FOLBR for an Evening Celebrating Nature's Wonder

Join FOLBR for an Evening Celebrating Nature's Wonder

Come share an evening with Friends of the Lower Blue River on Wednesday, February 12th at the Silverthorne Pavilion between 5:30 and 8:00pm, for an inspiring evening showcasing the beauty of the Lower Blue River Valley. Renowned Colorado Photographer John Fielder will share his work and ideas for preserving our natural world. John's latest book will be available as well. We will present a short Water and Wildlife film festival on the unique character of our area along with a global perspective. We'll have a cash bar, silent auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Food Hedz Catering.

Tickets are $15/person in advance and $20/person at the door. You can purchase your advance tickets by going to the Eventbrite link below.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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Silverthorne Fourth Street Crossing Project

Silverthorne Fourth Street Crossing Project

Discover more about the downtown development project Silverthorne is working on, to read the entire article click the button below..

Read Summit Daily News article here

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Silverthorne, CO 80498

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