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.
We hope your mission matches ours. Dues start at $20 per year. Visit our Support CVEPA page and complete the New Membership Form and/or sign-up for our Newsletter.
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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after the winter.
The breaking of branches and the thunder of hooves struck trepidation in my heart. The fading light of December dusk made the scene even more surreal. My girlfriend and I were directly in the path of a stampede of about 50 elk! The snow was so deep and the autumn so cold that the elk had remained on the shady side of Marble Valley where a rancher’s open air hay barn provided unnatural forage. This uninvited grazing is called “depredation.” The Colorado Division of Wildlife, now Colorado Parks and Wildlife, paid farmers and ranchers to feed these distressed ungulates during severe winters.
My neighbor at Prospect Mountain Ranch asked us to block the herd from returning up into the woods where they had camped for weeks. Of course, we agreed. He then proceeded to haze them. He wanted to move them back to the south face of Elk Mountain where they naturally spend winters in their crucial habitat. As the agitated herd charged toward us I was rethinking the wisdom of my decision.