Since 1972 the Crystal River Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) has been fighting for the water, land, air, and rural and wilderness culture of the Crystal River Valley. Although we are a small, volunteer organization with no paid staff, we have an impressive history of fighting to protect the incredible environment surrounding us. CVEPA stopped the development of an alpine ski area above Marble, helped to oversee the reclamation of a major coal mine, helped prevent a proposed dam from destroying the upper Crystal River Valley, and continuously works to ensure public access to public lands around the valley.
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Photo by Molly Briggs
The origins of CVEPA began back in 1970 when a handful of Marble residents and others in the Crystal River valley, decided to form a group to oppose the development of a proposed major ski area in Marble, which also included a massive surrounding residential development. J.E. Devilbiss, a Carbondale lawyer who later became District Judge, drafted the charter for a non-profit to oppose it and named the new group the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA).
Jack Roberts was a well educated artist who loved western history. One of his other passions was the Crystal River Valley.
He used his artistic talents to help spell doom and increase public interest for not only the plans for the Placita Dam (West Divide) project, but also the Marble Ski Area proposed development. Mr. Roberts created many cartoons that tell the story of CVEPA’s battles on behalf of the Crystal Valley, depicting the characters and situations in uniquely pointed ways. CVEPA is fortunate that Jack Robert’s son, Gary Miller, made these cartoons available for our website.
When Ferdinand Hayden’s team of surveyors entered the Crystal Valley in 1873, they noted the existence of a “hardened trail” running from the summit of what is now known as Schofield Pass down to the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers.