FOLBR - Friends Of the Lower Blue River

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The Health and Future of the Blue River at The Pad

No matter if you fish, raft, or wade, the Blue River is the lifeblood streaming through Summit and Grand Counties. Join FOLBR for an evening to talk about the health of the Blue River with Colorado Parks and Wildlife Aquatics Biologist Jon Ewert. Jon has worked to improve fish populations and the habit of the Blue River Valley for years. What are the challenges facing the Blue in the future? The discussion will begin at 6:30pm, Monday October 23rd at The Pad located at 491 Rainbow Road in Silverthorne. As cash bar will be available.

FOLBR 2023 Founder's Award Recipient John Hillman

John Hillman has been a part of the FOLBR Board since the beginning. In that role, his passions have improved public safety in the Lower Blue. He worked for years to get improved cell service in our valley and succeeded at that a few years ago with the AT&T tower at Quaking Creek Ranch.

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The Summit County Outdoor Coalition

Friends of the Lower Blue River is partnering with the Blue River Watershed Group and Summit County Sustainability to support the formation of the Summit County Outdoor Coalition.

Our coalition will partner with other groups to form the Regional Partnership Initiatives ​in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

We will work together to ensure that Colorado’s land, water, and wildlife thrive while also providing for equitable and quality outdoor recreation experiences.
The goal of the coalition is to best manage the impacts of growth in outdoor recreation and best support ecosystem health in a changing climate.

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FOLBR Annual Gathering


House Speaker Julie McCluskie & State Senator Dylan Roberts to Speak at our Annual Gathering

Please join us at Slate Creek Hall in the Lower Blue River Valley on Sunday, August 6th from 11:00am to 2:00pm for our Annual Gathering. This year you'll hear from two key members of the Colorado Legislature, House Speaker Julie McCluskie and State Senator Dylan Roberts. Both have ben supporters of the Lower Blue, and care about preserving the integrity of our beautiful valley.

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Thank You to Our Grant Donors

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Big thinking comes at a tremendous cost. When the FOLBR Board voted to commit to positively affect climate change, we all embarked on an exciting journey. Bringing Tom Koehler on board as Director of Climate Action was a significant step forward. Tom has worked diligently to develop our strategic plans aimed at improving climate resiliency in the Lower Blue River Valley. He has also worked tirelessly to seek grant funding to pay for our work.

We'd like to thank this year's grantors to our Climate Action Initiatives:

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Summit County Chipping Program

The Summit County Chipping Program continues this month. It's an opportunity to dispose of unwanted trees, branches and slash piles on your property. County trucks will be moving around the county this summer picking them up.

Please have your material out Monday of each week. The County will drive down each road only once. Not all subdivisions within the noted areas are listed. The areas between the named zones are included in that service area week. Here are the dates and locations:

July 3-7 Silverthorne (west of Hwy. 9), Mesa Cortina, Wildernest

July 10-14 Willowbrook, Willow Creek Highlands, Ruby Ranch

July 17-21 All properties north of Summit Sky Ranch

July 24-28 Sage Creek Canyon, South Forty, Hamilton Creek,
Angler Mountain Ranch, Ponds at Blue River, Blue River Run

Supreme Court Weakens EPA’s Authority to Enforce The Clean Water Act

From the Nature Conservancy:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (May 25th) to limit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to protect critical wetlands and the health of U.S. waterways. The ruling in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency directs the agency to use a restrictive standard for what kinds of waterways it can protect under the Clean Water Act against harmful uses like pollution discharge.

The decision will make it harder for the United States to meet the goal of the Clean Water Act, “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.” The ruling comes just months after the agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers restored federal protections for critical wetlands and small streams under the Waters of the United States rule.

The following is a statement by Jimmy Hague, Senior Water Policy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy:

“Today’s ruling (May 25th) is a major setback for the nation’s wetlands, rivers, streams, and lakes – all of which are vital for maintaining healthy habitats, flood control, clean, safe drinking water, and recreational opportunities.

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House Speaker Julie McCluskie and State Senator Dylan Roberts to Speak at this year's FOLBR Annual Gathering

Let us all come together to celebrate the Lower Blue River Valley at the FOLBR Annual Gathering on Sunday, August 6th at Slate Creek Hall from 11:00am to 2:00pm. This year you'll have a chance to hear from two key members of the Colorado Legislature, House Speaker Julie McCluskie and State Senator Dylan Roberts. Both have a keen interest in the Lower Blue and care about preserving the integrity of our beautiful valley.

Our event features music by Randall McKinnon and a buffet lunch provided by Timberline Craft Kitchen. This is a BYOB event, so please bring your beverage of choice. We will provide ice water.

The Annual Gathering is for you, our members, to come together, meet with your Board and learn what FOLBR has in store for the years ahead. We all have a common preserve our wonderful Blue River Valley for future generations.

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Happy Trails to Jan Lowrey and Sharon Sweet


We want to recognize two dedicated members of the FOLBR Board of Directors. Jan Lowrey has served the FOLBR Board as our Secretary. Jan moved from Miami, Florida to Summit County 24 years ago. She is leaving the Board for family reasons and will be spending more time in Florida. Jan has been a terrific Secretary and her great work will be missed.

Sharon Sweet is a long time member of The FOLBR Board. Sharon is also a former FOLBR Board Secretary. We also want to thank Sharon for helping make our annual gatherings every year a tremendous success. Sharon and her husband Bob have managed Brush Creek Ranch for 24 years. The ranch is owned by FOLBR founders, Pam and George Beardsley. Bob served on the Board for two years focusing his energy on improvements to Slate Creek Hall. Sharon and Bob are retiring to their property in Idaho. We wish them happy trails and many thanks for all their contributions to Friends of the Lower Blue River. We will miss you all!!

White River National Forest secures 90 acres in the Lower Blue near Green Mountain Reservoir

From the US Forest Service

This month the White River National Forest acquired two parcels totaling 90 acres at Green Mountain Reservoir using the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The Forest Service acquired a 66-acre parcel near Cow Creek South Campground and a 24-acre parcel near McDonald Flats Campground from Summit County.

“Summit County has a long-standing partnership with the White River National Forest to acquire private holdings in the county to improve access to National Forest System lands,” said Summit County Open Space Director Katherine King.

“This acquisition will help us resolve access and expansion opportunities at the campgrounds,” said Dillon District Ranger Adam Bianchi. “Public use at Green Mountain Reservoir continues to increase, and this acquisition will allow us to proactively plan for future needs.”

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The Sandhill Crane Migration Through Colorado

As the Monte Vista Crane Festival prepares for its 40th year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers are once again eager to assist visitors to the event as it returns to a full in-person format.

The highlight of the three-day festival, to be held this year from March 10-12, is the spectacle of more than 20,000 greater sandhill cranes making their annual spring migration and stopping over in southern Colorado as they transition from winter habitat to breeding range in the north.

Those interested in attending official event sites to see the sandhill cranes and other bird species can reserve tickets using the link below. CPW staff and volunteers will support outdoor scope sites and be on hand to help answer questions.

CPW will also host a booth at the Ski Hi Complex in Monte Vista throughout the event to provide additional information and learning opportunities.

Attendees may also attend a talk from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 regarding elk on the San Luis Valley refuge complex. The $5 presentation will be led by Doug Ouren, the Elk Distribution and Dispersal Coordinator for CPW’s Habitat Partnership Program.

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Blue Valley Ranch/BLM Land Swap Approved

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the Blue Valley Land Exchange, netting hundreds more acres of open space in Summit and Grand Counties for outdoor activities. The deal also provides for millions of dollars worth of recreation and ecological improvements, including development of two new recreation areas — the Confluence Recreation Area and the Green Mountain Recreation Area — with trails, walk-in fishing access, picnic tables, wheelchair accessible fishing platforms, and more. The BLM found the exchange is overwhelmingly in the public interest.
The Blue Valley Land Exchange allows 1,830 acres of private land owned by Blue Valley Ranch to be transferred for 1,489 acres of public land. Under the deal, both Green Mountain and San Toy Mountain are protected from any future development. As a result, there is a net gain of approximately 1,100 acres of public upland lands providing a variety of recreational opportunities like hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. 

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Support FOLBR Every Time You Shop at City Market or King Soopers

Friends of the Lower Blue River is now enrolled into the City Market or King Soopers Community Rewards Program. The Kroger Company will donate to our organization based on the shopping you do every day.

We have been assigned a new NPO (Non-Profit Organization) number ND017. (an important number to remember)

Here's how to use the King Soopers or City Market Community Rewards Program:
For King Soopers Stores - go to
For City Market Stores - go to
Log into your Loyalty Card account. Once logged in, scroll down to the bottom of the home page and look for "Community." Click the link that says "Community Rewards." You will then need to link your card to an organization. Search for Friends of the Lower Blue River either by name or the NPO #ND017 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.

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You Can Help Capitalize Climate Resiliency!

Our Climate Resiliency Initiative is fostering natural climate solutions where you live and play, here in the Lower Blue River Valley. We need capital to sustain and fulfill this mission.

Traditionally, many have generously contributed to our organization allowing us to move forward on behalf of our dedicated members. Dynamically, you can also provide needed capital to FOLBR in the form of a stock, bond or mutual fund donation.

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Our Sponsors

  • Alpine Bank
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Zeal Optics
  • California Wine Club
  • Down River Equipment
  • Fish Pond
  • Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital
  • E-J LLC
  • Mountain Angler
  • Alpine Earth Gardens
  • CPW Logo
  • GOCO Rio Blanco Herald Times
  • Home Breckenridge Grand Vacations Gives
  • Summit County Logo
  • The Summit Foundation
  • Town Of Silverthorne