sustain and enhance the environmental and rural character of
the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River valley
through education, restoration, and stewardship
LFVC HELPS conserve 156-acres of Lake San Cristobal's Wetlands
A 15 year process of collaboration has come to fruition this past year, as the conservation easement has gone into effect for the Lake San Cristobal Conservation and Fishing Access Project, known locally as the Plauche Conservation Easement Project. The Project has permanently protected a 156-acre property at the inlet of Lake San Cristobal; a property that is Lake San Cristobal's visual centerpiece and a unique ecological haven. A tapestry of historic channels, beaver dams, open water, and wetlands support wildlife ranging from American Bald Eagles to moose.
The project has been in the works since 1998, when the LFVC's precursor, The Lake Fork Land Trust, took up the cause. It took massive inter-organizational collaboration between the LFVC, Trout Unlimited (TU), Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Open Lands (COL), and the Plauche Family.
“Lake Fork Valley Conservancy’s Project Director, Camille Richard, invited Colorado Open Lands to take the lead on the project in 2011, which has taken off due to our strong partnerships," stated COL's Director of Conservation Operations Dieter Erdmann. "We are especially thankful for the vision and generosity of the Plauche family, who are committed to ensuring that this scenic property is preserved and accessible to the public forever. Fundraising for this project would not have been successful without the dedication and hard work of Trout Unlimited and the LFVC. ”
The project partners, and the Plauches collaborated with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to formalize permanent public access for fly-fishing along 0.62 miles of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River that flows through the property.
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Hearts & Spades Community Garden
Hearing Hinsdale Listening Party
TBA September 2014
Hinsdale County Museum
130 N Silver St, Lake City, CO
Hearts & Spades Community Garden Board of Directors Meeting
TBA September, 2014
5:30 p.m. LFVC's Office
206 N Silver Street, Lake City, CO
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The Hearts & Spades Health and Food Security Survey has closed. We used the survey to collect data from May 15-August 15, 2014.
The survey’s 32-questions were designed to collect data about the lives of Hinsdale County residents that is frequently inaccurate or missing from other data sets, including cost of living, nutrition and exercise, household income, hunger, and access to fresh, healthy food.
“This information will guide the Hearts & Spades Community Garden's work, indicating how we can create relevant, effective programs to improve health and reduce hunger.,” says Katherine Daly, OSM/VISTA with the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy and Board Member of the Lake City Community Garden Group. “Moreover, these responses could open the doors on new funding sources and help local organizations pinpoint the needs of specific segments of our community.”
Hearts & Spades is in the process of compiling the data, and coordinating an event this fall when we will present our findings to the public. The community will have the opportunity to think about this data, and make decisions about what actions to take going forward.
The Hearts & Spades Community Garden was founded in 2010 with the mission of improving local access to food that is healthy, affordable, and produced in Hinsdale County, to educating the public on sustainable growing practices, and to increasing our community's self-sufficiency by supporting a resilient local food system. Hearts & Spades Community Garden has created public growing space next to the Lake City Area Medical Center. The Hearts & Spades Community Garden is a project of the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy.
Youth Reporters Interview Locals for Hearing Hinsdale Radio Project
Hearing Hinsdale, a youth radio program created in collaboration with KVNF Community Radio in Paonia, Lake City Community School, the Hinsdale County Historical Society, and Lake City D.I.R.T., is now in it's fourth week!
This means that our seven, local youth reporters were dispatched to the field. Using their new skills in interviewing and recording technology they practiced for last three weeks to collect oral histories from residents who have connections to Hinsdale County's mining legacy.
This new, multi-media education program enables our youth to help preserve and share local history while learning radio production skills, evolving as writers, and developing soft skills such as tactful interviewing.
The interviews were recently aired on KVNF Community Radio, and will be able to be heard by Lake City Residents at our upcoming listening party. Stay tuned for details about the upcoming Hearing Hinsdale listening party, which will take place this fall at the Hinsdale County Museum.
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Join us in the preservation of wild resources for future generations, in being a part of the beauty that surrounds us, and in conserving one of Colorado's last frontiers.
We envision the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River drainage as a healthy watershed, defined by a balance of resource conservation, economic opportunity, recreational activities, and community values. We envision a broad-based partnership of an educated citizenry, nonprofit groups, and governmental entities that sustains, protects, and improves the health of the watershed.