John and Laurie McBride were made for each other. Both share twinkly eyes, infectious grins, and a ready laugh – not to mention a resounding passion for protecting good land and the wild creatures that share it. Long involved in conservation here and abroad, the McBrides most recently founded a conservation education program in Kenya that brings Roaring Fork Valley youth to experience the magnificence of the African landscape, its people, and its iconic wildlife.
While Western Colorado long ago lost much of its bison, wolves, and grizzlies, and nearly exterminated its elk during the Gold Rush (by 1910 fewer than 1,000 elk were estimated to remain in Colorado due to overhunting), it is still home to its own spectacular landscapes and iconic wildlife. Today, the major threat to these animals comes from the rapid loss of undisturbed, quality habitat.