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March River Notes


Snowshoe Capitol Creek Ranch 

Monday, March 9 

Join Pitkin County Commissioner Steve Child and staff from Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and RFC, on snowshoes through the Capitol Creek Ranch riparian area. We’ll wander past beaver ponds and through aspen forests while exploring the history of the property.  

Capitol Creek Ranch, an iconic property that is protected by conservation easement within the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program, was originally owned by the late Bob Child who was integral in many significant conservation efforts in the Roaring Fork Valley starting as early as the 1960s.

This FREE program requires REGISTRATION before 12pm on Monday, March 9.


This FREE program is brought to you by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.



Pitkin County Seeking Comments

North Star Management Plan Open to Public Comment 

The 2015 North Star Nature Preserve Management Plan is the focus of an update in 2020. The draft update is open to public comment through April 1. Find links to the draft plan, an executive summary of the plan and a survey to collect public feedback at

2020 North Star Draft Plan














Adults: Learn to Fly Fish!

Register NOW for 1-day Clinics

I landed a huge one!

Learn to fly fish from the river experts! Spend a day with RFC staff and certified fly fishing instructors to learn the secrets of the river. We'll observe fish habitats, identify aquatic insects and trout species, demystify artificial fly paterns and which fly to use, learn to cast, and then... fish all afternoon!  We'll even provide breakfast refreshments and lunch.

May 2: Women's Only Fly Fishing Clinic

May 9: Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic (co-ed) 

Register soon as these clinics fill quickly (and space is limited)!

Registration and additional details can be found at 




Education Update:

Snow Science Programs

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RFC educators have been deeply entrenched in Snow Science programs since the beginning of this year. Students ranging from 4th graders to adults have enjoyed learning and playing in the beautiful snow that contributes 80% of the water feeding our rivers.

Our Snow to Flow program on McClure Pass, in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service and hosted by The Marble Hub, guided participants through the science behind studying snow pack. We helped unlock the mystery of how to measure the amount of water snow holds and how water managers use this information to make crucial decisions on water use. 

Both adults and school age students enjoy digging snow pits and learning about snow water equivalent with hands-on activities. Students tell us one of the favorite activities is sculpting our watershed in the snow!

Learn more about our Snow Science programs or schedule one with Megan Dean, director of education, at





Attention Business Owners!

Clean, reliable water keeps business booming!

Did you know anglers, hunters, and wildlife watchers spent $144.7 billion on activities nationwide in 2011?*

In the Roaring Fork Valley, the economic impact of angling on the Lower Fryingpan River alone is $3.8 million annuallyaccording to a 2014 economic study.**

Show your clients and customers that you support essential river research, education, and conservation work.

Click HERE to become a 2020 Business Member TODAY!


The Clean Water Rule for Communities | **Lower Fryingpan and Ruedi Reservoir Economic Impact Study






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PHONE: (970) 927-1290

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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