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.

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Stop The Pit Blog

Understanding the DRMS Process Before the Peak Ranch Resource Public Hearing

Understanding the DRMS Process Before the Peak Ranch Resource Public Hearing

This message from Friends of the Lower Blue River is to clearly explain what is ahead with the Peak Materials proposed gravel mine at Peak Ranch Resource and meetings with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS)
 
I had a very productive conversation with Eric Scott, Environmental Protection Specialist for the DRMS. The course of action in the weeks ahead is very specific. And it is important for all of us to understand the process.
 
The upcoming meeting on March 3rd is not a normal required part of the DRMS process. It is an additional meeting that has been organized to actually explain and present the process of the DRMS regarding this proposal. The March 3rd meeting from 3:00 to 4:30pm is more informal. Officials with DRMS will be on hand to explain how the hearing process will proceed. The March 3rd meeting is not, repeat not the time when the DRMS will hear and deal with people’s issues surrounding the proposed project.

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DRMS Sets Hearing Date to Discuss Peak Ranch Resource

The hearing date is set by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to consider the Peak Materials proposal for the Peak Ranch Resource gravel mine. It will be a Zoom Conference for those who submitted letters to the DRMS. Here is the information:

Event: Informal Public Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Time:3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83133671234?pwd=WXNOM0FNbjNCTEhINk9pSVo3TU0wUT09

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Beyond The Trails Blog

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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Climate Plan Currently Falls Short

Climate Plan Currently Falls Short

The 2019 Colorado Climate Action Plan signed by Governor Polis recently received an encouraging boost. About a month ago it was considered a draft Roadmap to reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) and Pollution. It outlines potential policies to achieve our States’ goal to reduce GHG by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050. 
 
While the development of a road map is encouraging, some believe it lacks clarity and definitive steps with a timeline. It also comes 18 months after the updated Climate Action Plan was signed by Governor Polis. 
 
“I don’t see anything new that the administration hasn’t already presented,” said Stacy Tellinghuisen, a Senior Climate Policy Analyst at Western Resource Advocates. “We need a sense of urgency.”
 
We will require additional action beyond current policy particularly since there are few firm regulatory mandates with a strict timeline attached to them. 

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Supporting the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solutions Act

Supporting the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solutions Act

This past Saturday marked the 27th National Public Lands Day. It is a special day that recognizes our shared societal bond that we all can enjoy the beauty, solitude and health-giving attributes of our parks and forests.   
 
Those human and economic benefits are under attack as we battle climate change. The Wilderness Society found that the green-house gas emissions from the production and combustion of fossil fuels, produced on our public lands due to federal leasing programs, are equivalent to over 20% of total U.S. GHG emissions.
 
Our land and water assets need to be a strong ally in our fight for our health. They filter pollutants and capture carbon. As our forests emit enormous carbon through wildfires, managing our land to help mitigate this threat is essential.

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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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