We had a fantastic annual member meeting on December 6th. Thanks to all that attended. FHTU was privileged to have a private, exclusive screening of the film, A River's Reckoning. The film chronicles a Colorado ranching family's relationship and stewardship of the upper Colorado River, both in drought years and years of plenty. The film will premiere at the 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The filmmakers, Josh (TU national) and Russ were on hand to share with us the inspiration behind the film, the conservation success that this family has catalyzed in the upper Colorado basin, and the broader conversation that the film is meant to foster. We hope to see A River's Reckoning again at the 5 Point Film Festival, so please spread the word.
In 1937, Colorado's native greenback cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias) was believed to be extinct. Many attribute the greenback's decline to pollution, habitat loss, and predation as a result of intensifying front-range settlement during the late-1800s and the turn of the century. Importantly, in 1873, an old homesteader named Joseph C. Jones set out to strike it rich by developing a hotel and restaurant along Bear Creek (a tributary of the Arkansas River) in hopes of alluring tired travelers hiking a newly completed trail to and from the summit of Pike's Peak. Unknowingly, Jones would become an accidental conservationist.