Restoring the Roaring Fork

  The Roaring Fork River Valley in western Colorado has a friend - a nonprofit conservancy created to protect the river and its tributaries. From its headwaters at Independence Pass at 12,900 feet, the Roaring Fork flows 45 miles northwest through the booming town of Aspen on its way to the Colorado River. The conservancy, founded in 1996 with a percentage of the gross sales of new home construction in the town of Basalt, now boasts a staff of five, with funding coming primarily from grants and private donations. Director Jeanne Beaudry says they're always looking into new ways to raise money, such as a $1 donation program from river guide fees. Upcoming events include a river festival Aug. 15 and 16; for a copy of the group's newsletter, contact the Roaring Fork Conservancy, P.O. Box 323, Basalt, CO 81621-0323 (970/927-1290), or try out their new Web page: www.roaringfork.org.