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River Stewards

River Stewards is an outreach group of the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Its mission is to inspire young river enthusiasts ages 24-40 to explore, value and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. 

Objective: Protect the Roaring Fork Watershed by focusing on water quantity, water quality and riverfront/riparian habitat protection. The River Stewards work to educate young river enthusiasts of the aspects of the Roaring Fork Watershed and encourage them to get involved. 

 

Want to get involved and support the River Stewards?

  1. Learn more about being a member of the River Stewards and its benefits
  2. Join RFC's mailing list and receive River Currents (semi-annual newsletter) and River Notes (monthly email update).
  3. Connect with us on Facebook
  4. Register for an event
  5. Make a one-time donation
  6. Volunteer or sponsor an event 

Steering Committee

Peter Arlein is an analyst with FastG8, a Carbondale-based company that provides digital advertising for companies in the outdoor industry. Peter grew up in New York (the state, not the city!) and attended Colby College in central Maine. After school he quickly moved west. While skiing originally attracted him to the Aspen area, it was the rivers that ultimately kept him in Colorado. He worked as a raft guide and fell in love with life on the water. After a stint in Anchorage to attend business school and explore the Alaska wilderness, he has happy to be back home in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

 

 

Dan Berg first developed his love for the water growing up fishing off the coast of Maine. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where he fell in love with fly fishing and powder skiing. After graduating in 2006 with a degree in Geology and Environmental Studies he quickly moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and started ski patrolling in 2007. Spending a number of summers on commercial fishing boats in Alaska he developed a deep appreciation for fish and fisheries. Always considering Colorado home he decided to give up the nomadic lifestyle to work with Colorado Parks and Wildlife working with our native fishes. He now works as a surveyor in the summers and continues to ski patrol with his avalanche dog Piper during the winter months. Although he no longer works with fish professionally, he still loves to get out fishing and is excited to work with the River Stewards to get our community involved with issues he holds dear. 

 

Colin Cares is an analyst at Backbone Media in Carbondale. He grew up in Boulder, CO,  but always dreamed of living on western slope where the rivers (and fish) tend to be bigger. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colin spent a year in Frisco, CO before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley. When he’s not fishing or taking his old Avon raft down the Roaring Fork, Colin is likely skiing or mountain biking. One thing Colin likes most about the Roaring Fork Valley is how passionate people are about their hobbies, and he is excited to join the River Stewards to engage these individuals in river-related efforts.

 

Jordan Curet is a photographer and journalist for The Aspen Daily News. She grew up in Oakland, CA and studied journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After working for newspapers around the West she was drawn to Aspen and discovered her love of the outdoors. Working at a daily newspaper, Jordan shoots everything from spot news, features and sports- especially adventures in the mountains. In the winter she is on the slopes everyday and in the summer can be found SUPing the rapids or fishing the streams. The River Stewards allows Jordan to help protect the rivers that she loves. She hopes to help others understand how important the river shed is to every aspect of our mountain community.

 

  

Bryn Kelley is an account coordinator at Backbone Media in Carbondale where she handles public relations for various fly fishing brands. She grew up in Denver and moved to the valley after graduating from Brown University in 2016. She guided in Montana during her college summers, and has been lucky to fish all over the world, including Alaska, Argentina, and New Zealand. When Bryn isn’t fishing, catch her running, hiking, skiing, camping, or baking. Her love for rivers runs deep, and she is passionate about protecting the areas that so many of us enjoy exploring.

 

 

Matt Kelsic is a fly fishing guide in the Roaring Fork Valley. He grew up in Denver before heading east for college, where he obtained a BA in Environmental Studies at Salisbury University. Matt has guided in various locations around Colorado as well as a brief stint running a fly fishing lodge in the Bahamas before settling here in the valley. Matt serves on the local Trout Unlimited chapter’s board in addition to his role as a River Steward and truly believes that it is important for him to share his love for the river with everyone that lives in and visits the Roaring Fork Valley. In addition to his passion for fly fishing, Matt is an avid upland hunter and aspiring dog trainer who can be found chasing birds or working with his English Setter when not on the river.

 

Nick Kilbourn is a design engineer with Sopris Engineering.  Nick is originally from Burlington, VT and obtained his B.S.in Civil Engineering from Norwich University. Nick’s appreciation for the mountains began at an early age, skiing and fishing in the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Since moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2005, Nick has had the pleasure of working closely with many of Colorado’s western municipalities, guiding their infrastructure master planning to balance the needs of future growth with prudent water quality practices. He is excited to bring his practical engineering perspective to the River Stewards, and advocate for water quality and environmental responsibility on behalf of RFC.

 

Bailey Leppek is a water resources engineer at SGM in Glenwood. Bailey grew up in Denver and studied environmental engineering at CU Boulder. She has always wanted to live on the western slope, and she finally manifested her destiny by moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in June of 2016. Whenever possible, she is out hiking, backpacking, skiing, rafting, cycling, and extreme picnicking on sunny rocks. Bailey is excited to be a River Steward because she strongly believes that our rivers are our lifeblood - our drinking water source, our playground, the keystone for agriculture and industry, and a point of connection for our communities. 

 

Meaghan Lynch is a Public Relations and Social Marketing Manager at the Aspen Skiing Company.  Meag has a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and post-grad MBA/Masters in Accounting from Northeastern University. After a brief stint in the corporate world with PriceWaterhouse Coopers in New York City, the draw of the mountains was too strong to resist. Meag packed the car and made her way to the Valley and it has been home ever since. Meag can often be found exploring the west with her tiny teardrop trailer in tow. A passion for skiing, paddleboarding, trail running and fishing to name a few has fueled an urge to help protect and raise awareness for the incredible playground that surrounds us – the River Stewards board has served as a wonderful resource of which Meag is proud to be part.

 

Lauren Pierce is the executive director of the Chris Klug Foundation. Raised in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY, it would be difficult to find her out of the water. She attended St. Rose, where she was the captain of the swim team and began working for the City of Albany, graduating in 2005. The mountains started calling her name and after a week long ski vacation, she knew the Roaring Fork Valley was to be her home. Lauren began an 8-year long career with the City of Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House. The highlight of working at the Wheeler was providing a platform for non-profit organizations and advocacy groups to tell their stories and spark conversations. Currently with the Chris Klug Foundation, she is advocating for organ and tissue donation and celebrating those touched by transplantation. You can find Lauren floating and fishing the local rivers with her dog Bear. She is proud to inspire, young and old alike, to respect and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. 


Chris Vaughan
is the Reservations and Revenue Manager for Crestwood Condominiums in Snowmass where he "sells the dream." He has been visiting Colorado since he was a baby learning to ski at the age of 3. He grew up in Grain Valley, Missouri, and after graduating from Baker University in Kansas, where he was a kicker for the football team, he finally got to move to Colorado.  Fifteen years can fly by when you're having fun! The mountains and its rivers have quite the hold on him. Chris feels he must live the dream in order to sell the dream, so he can be found knee deep chasing trout in one of the many rivers the Roaring Fork Valley offers or ripping down one of the mountains on skis or his bike. The River Stewards gives him the chance to help protect the rivers and watershed, along with helping to educate otherson its importance to us and the things we enjoy!

Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy
PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-1290
info@roaringfork.org

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
200 Basalt Center Circle, Suite 120, Basalt, CO 81621

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