What is LoVa?
LoVa, the Lower
Valley Trails Group, arose in 1999 from a group of citizens,
public officials and business people concerned about quality of life
and recreation opportunities in Garfield County. It is a
non-profit, primarily volunteer, organization composed of civic
and naturalist minded citizens of Garfield County. Numerous citizens
and public agencies throughout Garfield County support LoVa's
mission. LoVa has also received support from agencies of the State
of Colorado and the federal government. Governance of LoVa is via a
Board of Directors and a paid Executive Director who convene monthly
in meetings open to the public. LoVa is funded by private
individuals, business contributions and governmental grants.
LoVa has ambitious goals, as expressed in its mission and vision
statements. LoVa also has the unique long-term outlook necessary to
accomplish the very far-reaching and meaningful objectives it has
established. When its work is complete LoVa will have profoundly
benefited the citizens of Garfield County, and of Colorado, by
acting to preserve, protect, and make available to all, one of our
greatest natural resources, the Colorado River and its environs in
Dragon, LoVa's Executive Director, has visions of
commuting to work by bicycle along the beautiful
Colorado River. A 23-year valley resident, Larry is also
a professional mediator.
Larime, of Glenwood Springs, is a retired
businessman and LoVa Communications volunteer. Mike, and
wife Barbara, are outdoors people who want to make a
lasting contribution to their community.
O'Brien, a ten-year New Castle resident, is a
charter member and LoVa's Treasurer. Kevin is a senior
information technologist and avid cyclist, hiker, rafter
Tibbetts is a founding member, the LoVa Board
Chairman, and Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Silt. As an
avid biker, he sees this trail system as a valuable
local asset for both recreation and transportation.