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Robert Woods Named 2014 River Conservator
After serving as the Chairman for Aviation Operations (which was associated with security) for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles ,  a much needed vacation to Aspen was planned for the summer of 1985.  Robert was an avid fisherman but had never been fly fishing.  One trip on the Frying Pan River with a guide from Taylor Creek changed his life.  That one trip cost him “a lot of money” in that they purchased a house on the Pan, lots of fly fishing equipment and clothing and many trips to Aspen.

Robert retired from Los Angeles Police Department in 1993, having served 33 years in various jobs.  The last 15 years of his career he was Commander of Helicopter Operations.  He and his wife, Sarah, moved to their home on the Pan in 1993 and he started the second half of his life joyfully! Prior to actually moving to Basalt, Robert purchased a sporting goods store, renamed it Western Sports and moved it from Basalt to El Jebel next to City Market.  He sold it in 2001 and finally had time to fish, hunt, ski some and play golf.
Robert became involved in community volunteer work after selling the store as he decided it was time to “give back”.  He was involved in Kiwanis Club and served as their President for 15 years and worked in the soup kitchen for the homeless once a month during that time.  He has been a committee member of Ducks Unlimited also for 15 years and is still on that committee.  For the past 10 years Robert has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District and is presently serving as President.  

In 1999 Robert was asked to be on the Rivers Council Executive Committee.  That was 15 years ago and this is the 15th year for River Rendezvous.  Robert has served as the logistics manager of the event and has watched the event change over the years and assisted in it becoming what it is today….considered one of the best events in the valley.  His efforts are endless when it comes to time that must be dedicated --- layout of where the tents must go, setting up generators so the “lights stay on” and the food can be cooked, building ramps that are needed, etc.  When asked what he does for River Rendezvous his reply was, “my task is to design and construct those facilities necessary to stage the annual event.  Fifteen years ago, we started with two small tents, some tiki torches and a home electric generator.  It has certainly changed and all for the better.”


River Conservators

Past receipients of the Robert Billingsley River Conservator Award

Robert Woods

Dorothea Farris

Mark Fuller

Peter McBride & 
Jonathan Waterman

Rachel Richards

Ken Neubecker

Carter Brooksher

Tim Heng

Ken Kendrick

Cindy Houben

Paula Fothergill

Bill McKee

Stephen Ellsperman

Bob Lewis

Andre Wille &
Mike Wilde

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