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.
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.
Discover more about the downtown development project Silverthorne is working on, to read the entire article click the button below..
Colorado should take prompt action after the lessons we learned from last year's California Wildfires. The Denver Post discusses the devastation that we see every year from Wildfires; lives lost, destruction of homes and wildlife habitat, billions of dollars spent suppressing and restoring. Fire suppression measures have been taken, but what measures need to be taken to prepare for and prevent fires? Read more to learn about "The Wake Up Call for Colorado" after the California wildfires.
As the Denver Post shares, Chronic Wasting Disease, or (CWD) has infected up to 16 percent of male animals tested in parts of Colorado. CWD affects the health of the state's wildlife populations of deer, elk and moose. Additionally, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, hunters need to be cautious and follow the recommended process of getting the carcass tested. For additional information on CWD and Colorado Parks and Wildlife expert strategies for fighting the disease, click here to read the full article.
While wildlife over passes and under passes may be expensive, we need more in Colorado to assure safety of humans and wildlife. Read more from Mother Nature Network as they discuss the success of the passings, the costs of safety and the importance of strategy behind selecting additional passings.
It is this kind of large, long-term ecological view that we need near us. Read The Fence Post: Wolves Knocking on Colorado Boundaries to learn more about wolf reintroduction, protecting livestock and controlling wolves.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — An overflow crowd of more than 100 people, some who drove in from Wyoming and Colorado’s Front Range, assembled at Library Hall in Steamboat Springs on Dec. 7 to hear Sierra Club ecologist Delia Malone make the case for the reintroduction of wolf packs to Western Colorado.
Do you think wolves should return to Colorado? Continue reading the article from Sky-Hi News to learn more. Click here.
Summit Daily News announces, Friends of Lower Blue River Valley hosts fundraiser at historic community center. A Summit County gathering place that once hosted President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fundraisers to fight polio will again play host to the Friends of the Lower Blue River Valley’s biggest event of the year, a community gathering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 30.
For the full article click here.
Join the Forest Service to learn about efforts in Summit County to protect Safe Passages for Wildlife:
- Learn how the Forest Service, CDOT, the county, and towns are working together with local stakeholders from across the community to restore important connections for wildlife movement.
- Become engaged in our efforts to construct wildlife crossing and protect habitat so that healthy wildlife populations can continue to thrive.
When: Wednesday, July 26. Please come anytime from 5:30-8:00 pm. There will be a brief presentation at 6:00 pm.
Summit Daily News covers new Executive Director, Megan Vassar and FOLBR’s current focus’ keeping them aligned toward their mission of sustaining the lower Blue River Valley. This article touches the environmental, safety and educational issues such as FOLBR’s ongoing efforts towards improved cell service, additional wildlife crossings and the potential for expanded community presence. For the full article click here.
Until recently, most of the Lower Blue Valley between Silverthorne and Heeney has been a no-man’s-land, outside of any fire protection district.
In about 2006, whole subdivisions were invited to join Lake Dillon Fire District, if there was unanimous agreement of owners. Then, 6 years ago, individual owners were invited to join, even if their neighbors declined to be included. Now, of 185 possible No-Man’s-Land properties, 73 are officially included in the Fire District—about 40%. The others have hesitated, primarily because of the associated increase in property tax, now $71.64 per $100,000, actual value.
We have a wonderful fire department, which has showed even more interest in the Lower Blue, since our owners have started joining. FOLBR strongly encourages everyone in “No-Man’s Land”, not already included in the Fire District, to join now!
The application process has been simplified—1 page. The application fee is now $100 for individual properties.
Click here to print out the application form with directions on the back.
The Lake Dillon Fire Rescue is reinstituting the highly visible address numbers project.
In the Lower Blue Valley, we have long had a problem with emergency responders being able to find certain addresses, especially in the dark or in bad weather. Several properties have had nearly impossible to read address numbers or none at all. The Fire Department is willing to offer installing your address sign for owners that are willing to purchase their sign. For those that are interested in an address sign we have some easy steps to follow to get your sign installed.