Photographer John Fielder talks Yampa River in Avon |

Photographer John Fielder talks Yampa River in Avon

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Photographer, adventurer and activist John Fielder speaks as part of the High Country Speak Series on Friday, April 10.
Gary Soles | Special to the Weekly |

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What: John Fielder presents “The Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild Forever” at High Country Speaker Series.

Where: Avon Public Library.

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Cost: Free.

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AVON — The High Country Speaker Series draws to a dramatic and picturesque conclusion on Friday with local wilderness champion John Fielder presenting his take on mountain culture and the environment through imagery from his experiences on one of Colorado’s most divisive resources.

“The Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild Forever” will be the focus of Fielder’s presentation at the Avon Public Library. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Join Colorado nature photographer Fielder and river rat Pat Tierney as they photograph and write their way down the entire 200-mile length of the river from the Flat Tops Wilderness to the Yampa’s confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Between Fielder’s sublime images of mountain tundra wildflowers, eagles and elk, and the various canyons of the Yampa, and Tierney’s human and natural history text, you will feel like you are rowing along with the authors

Colorado’s Yampa River today is a delicately balanced bio-physical system that offers sustainable food and water for wildlife and humans alike. Upon closer examination, the Yampa is the result of at least 30 million years of geological processes, 300,000 years of biological evolution, 5,000 years of Native American utilization and only 200 years of Anglo exploitation. Yet the Yampa and its interconnected resources still function almost as they have for eons; a wonderful anomaly in an otherwise river-whacked Colorado River Basin. But conservatonists believe there are proposals to undo this evolutionary masterpiece, all in a matter of 10 years, to support unsustainable population growth on the east slope of Colorado.

Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space and wildlands during his 33-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. More than 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He lives in Summit County and operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children. His latest book is “The Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild Forever” available June 1.

Eagle Valley Library District and the Walking Mountains Science Center are co-sponsors of the High Country Speaker Series. For more information, visit partner websites or

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