FOLBR - Friends Of the Lower Blue River

About FOLBR

Friends Of The Lower Blue River

About Us

Summit & Grand counties are known for their ski resorts and summer activities. However, there is another part of Middle Park where the real Coloradoans live: the Lower Blue River Valley. Bordered by the rugged Gore Range to the west and the Williams Fork Mountains to the east, the beautiful Blue River Valley meanders down the Highway 9 corridor, north of Silverthorne, before merging with the powerful Colorado River near Kremmling. The Valley includes unspoiled National Forest, two Wilderness areas, and several private ranches.

Friends of the Lower Blue River is volunteer group of dues paying Summit & Grand County residents, property owners, and other interested parties who share a concern for maintaining the rural character, quality of life, and the environment of the Lower Blue River Valley.

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.

SERVICES

FOLBR functions as a constructive forum on issues important to the Valley through education, communication, and membership participation.

We do so by:

  • Helping to maintain a reasonable approach to land use, including development, agriculture, open space, and wildlife issues, while supporting the ranching and agricultural lifestyle.
  • Addressing interests such as transportation (especially on Highway 9), recreation, emergency services, fire protection, livestock evacuation planning, water matters, and cell phone services.
  • Collaborating closely with Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and the Lower Blue Planning Commission.
  • Gathering and disseminating information on studies, activities, and pending decisions of concern to members of FOLBR

Board Members

George Resseguie - Interim President

George Resseguie - Interim President

George and his wife Kathryn moved to Silverthorne in 2004 after George retired following his 32-year career as a Finance Executive at Ford Motor Company in Michigan. Today, they are fortunate their two daughters and their families also live in Colorado, one in Denver and one in Silverthorne.

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Jonathan Knopf - Executive Director

Jonathan Knopf - Executive Director

Jonathan moved to Summit County full-time in 2013. But he’s been coming to the County since the 1970’s. After a 40-year career in broadcasting, he and his wife Susan have settled in Silverthorne. Jonathan is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and snow skiing. He is committed to preserving the beauty and wonder of the Blue River Valley for future generations.

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Jan Lowrey - Secretary

Jan Lowrey - Secretary

Jan's family moved to Summit County from Miami, Florida in July of 1999. They moved to slow down on work schedules, and to enjoy the active lifestyle. Jan practiced as an anesthesiologist for 30 years in Miami, Denver, Frisco and Vail. She retired in 2017. Jan now has plenty of time to enjoy all that the Lower Blue River Valley has to offer! She enjoys biking, hiking, and cross country skiing.

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Laura Fox - Treasurer

Laura Fox - Treasurer

Laura Fox came to Colorado in 1971 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where she majored in Geology. She fell in love with the mountains, and began camping and climbing throughout Colorado. After working as a geologist in Colorado and Montana, she pursued a second career in accounting. Laura worked as a CPA for 26 years for a small public accounting firm in Denver until her retirement. She and her husband Jack moved to Dillon in 2015. They are avid skiers in the winter, and hikers in the summer. Laura loves the outdoors and being active with the senior community in Summit County. And since retirement, she has time to read books! She spends time with her grandson whenever possible. She's excited to have the opportunity to be a board member of FOLBR.

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Ashley Nettles

Ashley Nettles

Ashley Nettles was born and raised near Atlanta, GA before following in her brother’s footsteps and making the move to Colorado in 1995. She spent 8 years going back and forth between Colorado in the winter as a ski bum, and Arizona in the summer a raft guide in the Grand Canyon before deciding to stay put and finally hit the books. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCCS and her Master’s Degree from CSU, while beginning her career with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Elissa Slezak

Elissa Slezak

Elissa moved to Summit County in 2013 as a District Wildlife Manager (DWM) for CO Parks & Wildlife, (CPW, formerly Division of Wildlife/DOW), after spending several years as a DWM in Grand Junction, Parachute and Rifle. Elissa grew up in the front range foothills and visited Summit County often as a child, learning to ski at Keystone when she was four years old. Her father was an aquatic fisheries biologist for the DOW, and Elissa developed a passion and respect for wildlife and the outdoors at a very young age. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Colgate University, followed by a Master’s at Colorado State University, prior to working for CPW.

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Bob Girvin

Bob Girvin

Bob Girvin was born in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1936. After graduating high school from the Haverford School in 1953, he attended Amherst College. He then manufactured military aircraft landing gear in Chicago from 1961-1972. After moving to Breckenridge in 1972, Bob developed the Beaver Run Resort and was a board member for the resort from 1984-2015.

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Johnny LeCoq

Johnny LeCoq

John Le Coq is the founder and CEO of Fishpond, a Colorado-based fly fishing/outdoor recreation company that builds premium products and uses its profits and customers to support water, fish, and habitat conservation efforts. John is also the founding partner of Case Logic and has been an active advertising and commercial photographer for 35 years. John lives on a working ranch on the western slope of Colorado, where he works to shape the future of Fishpond and protect the habitat and species with whom we share this planet.

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Sher Steuben

Sher Steuben

Sher Steuben is a life-long resident of Colorado having lived in Grand County most of her life. She was raised near the town of Grand Lake, after marrying her husband Gary they settled in Kremmling where they raised their two sons.

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John Hillman

John Hillman

John D. Hillman, MD, is the President of ACRE (Acorn Creek Ranch Estates) Property Owners Association and has been a Board Member FOLBR since its beginning. John was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but moved to Denver in 1958 to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and then Medical School in Denver. After Med School, John did an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital; his Residency at University of Colorado, Denver; then, worked at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.

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Sharon Sweet

Sharon Sweet

Sharon Sweet was hatched in Southgate, California, and was there for about 3.5 years, then moved to Wichita, KS, then Orlando, FL – stayed in each of those towns for about 5 yrs. Then in 1959, Sharon and her family moved to Denver for about 5 years, then Boulder. Her folks moved on, but Sharon stayed in Colorado.

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Tom Koehler - Board Member

Tom Koehler - Board Member

Tom's appreciation for our region's natural resources was enhanced over the years by his dedicated volunteer work with Summit Huts and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. The time spent with High Country Conservation Center also instilled a growing environmental ethos along with an appreciation for our land and water health through waste diversion, lowering pollution and GHG emissions. A healthy forest is difficult to attain. That's why he provides monthly legislative updates to the Forest Health Task Force.

Tom is founder of Sustainable Hiker, born out his passion to bring awareness of the forested watershed to our community and guests. From stewardship and conservation, legislative action and Green House Gas reduction strategies, Tom seeks to provide the paths for individuals and organizations. With significant background as a financial analyst, he sees a new era of nature investment emerging and would like to be part of that wave.

Tom enjoys alpine skiing, touring to huts, backpacking and camping. He also can't go a week without cooking a good meal.

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Silverthorne, CO 80498

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