sustain and enhance the environmental and rural character of
the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River valley
through education, restoration, and stewardship
Phase I of River Enhancement Project is complete!
The Lake Fork Valley Conservancy (LFVC) recently completed Phase I of the Henson Creek and Lake Fork River Enhancement Project. The project begun last fall at the town irrigation ditch headgate, and continued down Henson down to the Henson Creek RV Park.
The main goals of the project include: increasing public river access from existing walking trails for fly-fishing and recreation, stabilizing banks to prevent erosion of adjacent private properties, creating trout habitat, and mitigating future flood risk.
Partnering with Hydrologist Brett Jordan, of HydoGeo Designs in Grand Junction, and Lake City's own, WEBCO team, we were able to design, and implement river channel improvements for the rest of Phase I, which concluded Friday, October 31st at the confluence of The Lake Fork River and Henson Creek.
One of the most noticeable improvements made this fall, aside from the newly placed rock boulder structures to channelize the river, is the brand new confluence park! The project at the confluence took about two weeks to complete, and serves to extend the reach of Memorial Park, and increase Public Access to the river at a point that was previously highly eroded, and not easily accessible.
~These sequential photos show the evolution of the new public space. If you're in Lake City - come down and see for yourself!~
3rd Annual Frozen River Film Festival
February 6th-7th, 2015
Friday Night: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday afternoon: 1-4 p.m.
Saturday Night: Doors at 7; 7:30 - 10 p.m.
300 N. Silver Street, Lake City, CO
LFVC Advisory Group Meeting
Open to the Public!!
Thursday, December 4th
9 a.m. Coursey Annex
311 North Henson St, Lake City, CO
Hearts and Spades Community Garden Board of Directors Meeting
TBA November, 2014
5:30 p.m. LFVC's Office
206 N Silver Street, Lake City, CO
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The LFVC recently published a 15-year summary newsletter, to highlight the dramatic successes of the organization since it's inception. Around the Alpine Loop, the LFVC has participated in 7 mine clean ups-most recently the Hough Mine on Engineer Pass, which previously contributed over 90% of heavy metal contamination to Lake City's drinking water source, Henson Creek.
In addition, the LFVC has conducted water sampling for 12 years, helped conserve 156-acres of land surrounding Lake San Cristobal, restored 3,300 feet of river, and planted more than 1,000 trees to revegetate our river banks. Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible 5,000 hours of time contributed by our many willing volunteers!!
Lake Fork Valley Conservancy 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.
Check out the article in SilverWorld
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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.