FOLBR - Friends Of the Lower Blue River

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Let's Talk About Wolverines

Wolverines are going to be reintroduced into the Colorado environment. Planning is underway to achieve that goal. What's involved? What does it mean for you? What is the timeline for reintroduction? Join Friends of the Lower Blue River for an evening conversation with Dan Gibbs, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Get the answers to these questions and more from the source.

The event will be at the Silverthorne Pavilion on Tuesday, June 4th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. A cash bar for beer and wine will be available. Admission is free, but donations to Friends of the Lower Blue River are always welcome and accepted.

FOLBR Highway 9 Clean Up Day June 1st

CDOT is reportedly planning more roadwork on Highway 9 this summer north of mile marker 113. Depending on the condition of the highway, the annual FOLBR Highway 9 Clean Up is set for Saturday, June 1st.

This will be Lynn Amstutz's last year leading the highway clean up. So we are looking for a new project leader for this annual event. Everyone is meeting at 9:00am at the corner of Highway 9 and Ute Park Road. (Not Ute Pass Road). Be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots. Also bring work gloves, a hat and sunscreen.

The clean up area will be between mile markers 111 and 113. Donuts and orange juice will be provided. The project should be completed by 11:00am. If you are interested in participating, please contact Lynn Amstutz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If weather is bad, Sunday June 2nd is a back-up date. We will keep you posted about CDOT as we get closer to the date.

Breckenridge Fly Fishing Film Tour

The annual Breckenridge Fly Fishing Film Tour is on March 22 at the Riverwalk Center offering a traveling roadshow of the best fly fishing films in the world. This is the 18th Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), offering a top notch selection of short films that are sure to get you fired up for the season ahead. The F3T is the original and largest fly fishing film event of its kind.

While the event is a collection of great cinematography, the BreckF3T aims to create community and kick-off the 2024 fly angling season right by supporting disabled veterans, high school stream ecology education and local conservation efforts.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children and students 3-17 years old. For tickets, click the link below. Doors open at 5:30pm with live music from KelLee Abdella, food, drink, and mapping out the Raffle Corral for when your winning ticket gets drawn. Films start at 7pm.

https://tickets.breckcreate.org/Online/seatSelect.asp?createBO

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Announces New Wintering Awareness Initiative

Emily Gutierrez--Sky Hi News

During the winter months big game wildlife head to their winter ranges as they try to find vegetation and grazing areas not buried by snow. Seasonal closures are often instituted to help protect these animals as they forage for food beneath the snow.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife partnered with outdoor recreation organizations to help protect wildlife when they’re most susceptible. Animals like elk and deer are most vulnerable to human disturbances in the winter season when they come down from high elevations to low lying valleys.

Winter Wildlands Alliance and Colorado Mountain Club will be working with Parks and Wildlife to share new educational resources with Coloradans to help winter recreationists understand and lessen impacts on the state’s wildlife.

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FOLBR Special Event: Water 101


On February 26, FOLBR held ..."Colorado Water 101"... As an introductory water education event to local and state water information. Convened at The PAD in Silverthorne, the event covered water development history, water rights basics, water administration, and duties and responsibilities of water commissioners.

Speakers included: Patty Rettig, Head Archivist, Water Resources Archives, CSU Morgan Library; Caleb Foy, Assistant Division Engineer, CDWR Water Division 5; Troy Wineland, CDWR Water Commissioner, Water District 36; Scott Hummer, former Water Commissioner and FOLBR Board Member. Their information focused on both the Blue River and the Colorado River.

The audience of about 50 people had mixed interests, as evidenced through their questions during the presentations. Participants left the event with an improved understanding of Colorado's most precious natural resource, our water.

Water 101: Understanding the Very Lifeblood of Colorado and the Blue River Valley

Friends of the Lower Blue River continues our event series exploring important topics that affect us all. Join us for an evening of conversation and presentations regarding Colorado's most precious natural resource.

Representatives from the Colorado Division of Water Resources, FOLBR, and the Water Archives at the CSU Morgan Library will be on hand to answer all your water related questions!

When: Monday, February 26, 2024 beginning at 6:30pm
Where: The Pad...491 Rainbow Dr....Silverthorne, CO

Following the Wolves

A new map on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) website allows people in Colorado to know where wolves have been throughout the state in the past month.

The map will be updated with new information released on the fourth Wednesday of every month. These maps collect information on the wolves from GPS collars worn by all 12 collared animals in Colorado.

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CPW Releases 10 Wolves in Summit and Grand Counties

From Colorado Public Radio

Wildlife officials in Colorado have released an additional five gray wolves in the state, bringing the total so far under a voter-approved reintroduction program to 10.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife in a statement Friday said its team had completed an agreement to capture 10 gray wolves in Oregon for release in Colorado as part of an effort to restore a permanent population there. No additional captures or releases are planned for the rest of this year.

The agency said it would "continue working to source additional animals until up to 15 wolves have been reintroduced in Colorado by mid-March 2024.”

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Come Hear About the Effort to Restore the Blue River to Gold Medal Status

Congratulations to our partners The Blue River Watershed Group and Trout Unlimited on major funding to help restore the Blue River to Gold Medal status. The $1,857,570 from the Bureau of Reclamation Water Smart grant program will complete the engineering and design for a project to repair degraded aquatic habitat in the Blue, downstream of the Dillon Reservoir.

This reach of the Lower Blue has been impacted by its proximity to the outflow of the Reservoir, contributing to an un-naturally low water flow. Couple that with below average water temperatures from cold-water releases from the bottom of the Reservoir, and a lack of natural sediment and nutrient transport.

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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.

Advance Ticket Link:

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-folbr-annual-gathering-tickets-666247533307

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