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

STOP THE PIT!!!

STOP THE PIT!!!

Fighting for our Blue River Valley and Way of Life:

Stop The Pit!!!

Here’s how you can help fight the Gravel Pit proposed for the Lower Blue River Valley. Please review and if you have any questions, contact me.

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Fighting the Good Fight at the State Level

Fighting the Good Fight at the State Level

We all know the Peak Materials proposed mining project has been like a hibernating bear, fast asleep since late 2018 and early 2019. But now that bear has awakened and it is roaming the Blue River Valley hungry.
 

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Beyond The Trails Blog

Threats to Our Water and Way of Life

Threats to Our Water and Way of Life

By Tom Koehler

Wildfires continue to scorch significant swaths of land, most significantly in California but also in Colorado. These forests are necessary to combat climate change through carbon capture. Yet the warming trend exacerbates the severity of these wildfires. These fires release immense amounts of carbon. The fires also cost us trees and vegetation that fight pollution and capture carbon.  Though some believe it is a net neutral evolution as nature takes its course. 
 
Some forest ecologists and atmospheric scientists generally view wildfire as being carbon neutral. As fires burn, chewing through structures and vegetation, they spit out vast amounts of carbon and other compounds in their smoke. "But then over time, we expect a lot of that carbon dioxide will be drawn back down by plants growing again," says Rebecca Buchholz, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, based in Boulder. She says, "For fires, it's all about balance."

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An Especially Important Zone

An Especially Important Zone

By Tom Koehler

An incredibly unique area of our eco-system provides tremendous outsized positive impact. A riparian zone is land along waterways including floodplains and stream banks such, as those along the Lower Blue River. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), riparian zones comprise only 1% of land in the western US but are among our most productive and valuable natural resources.

This dynamic area filters pollutants and helps control erosion so unwanted sediment is not sent downstream. Our drinking water supply is naturally aided by this wonder of nature. Riparian zones possess distinct soil and vegetation characteristics from upland zones. Ground water is nearer the surface and promotes robust vegetation and is typically nutrient rich.

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Climate Change is a Major Risk

Climate Change is a Major Risk

By Tom Koehler

In last month’s article, I highlighted how serious the problem is with our water resources here in the Lower Blue and all down the Colorado River. This river that serves up to 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles has seen its flow dwindle 20% from last century. Most is attributable to climate change according to US Geological Survey scientists Chris Milly and Krista A. Dunne. They estimate the River supports approximately $1 Trillion of economic activity annually.

Flows start high in the Rockies in forested watersheds that we hold dear for their beauty and recreation. These watersheds filter pollutants out of the air and water and possess amazing carbon capture properties through soil and vegetation, including trees. But our forests that provide all this are at risk

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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

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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PO Box 2191
Silverthorne, CO 80498

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