Kea and Ian Hause – River, Riparian and Restoration Fund (R3)

kea fund logo2The Kea & IAN Hause – river, riparian and restoration fund (R3)

Donations to the Kea & Ian Hause River, Riparian and Restoration Fund (R3) will be used for river restoration and habitat improvement, protection of riparian areas, preservation of natural aquatic characteristics, and the promotion of the ethical use of our rivers.

The goal is to promote the health of local rivers and riparian ecosystems. Fund proceeds are dedicated exclusively to projects on Kea and Ian’s home rivers – the Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers.

Check out this collaborative project between AVLT, the R3 Fund and Colorado Rocky Mountain School – featuring reflections by Ian Hause.

Funding Considerations for Potential Projects

1. Protect or enhance trout habitat and/or riparian areas
2. Maintain or enhance river ecosystems
3. Provide mitigation to impacts on fisheries
4. Responsibly manage human river access in favor of riparian area protection
5. Provide public education focused on outdoor etiquette and ethical use of waterways
5. No increase in the potential damaging impacts of commercial uses
6. No undue placement of infrastructure, industrial uses, or other non-compatible uses

aspen valley land trust: water/Riparian conservation efforts

Since 1967, AVLT has worked to permanently conserve the open spaces that make our central Rocky Mountain area special. During that time, AVLT has protected more than 90 miles of river and stream frontage that maintains natural riparian areas, clean water, and healthy rivers. AVLT continues to embark on projects that protect and restore river systems for fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and to provide a natural outdoor educational experience that promotes learning and respect for our rivers.

*Funding of projects is subject to the approval of AVLT and a representative of the Kea & Ian Hause – River, Riparian, and Restoration Fund (R3)*

To make a donation to the 

Kea & Ian Hause – River, Riparian and Restoration Fund (R3)

fill out the form below or send a check to:

Aspen Valley Land Trust
RE: R3 Fund
320 Main Street, Suite 204
Carbondale, CO 81623

about kea Caldwell HAUSE

March 2, 1961 – March 22, 2015

Kea with rainbow trout 1988-2-square

Kea C. Hause was named after Mauna Kea; rising 33,000 feet from the ocean floor, this Hawaiian marvel earns its reputation as the world’s largest volcano- a fitting name for this iconic man.  His mother Adele, who still resides in Carbondale, chose his name while climbing the volcano when 7 months pregnant with Kea.  In 1962, Kea moved to Carbondale with his parents and siblings, spending summers in the Rockies, Wind Rivers, and Pacific coast- as far North or South as the family VW bus would take them.  He learned to live off the land with trout as a primary source of protein and summertime clams, mussels and berries a happy addition to the menu.

Kea grew up amidst a legendary group of skiers, mountaineers, boaters, artists, ranchers, hunters and fly fishermen who all played a part in forming the unique man Kea became.  The stories of pioneer recreational adventurers strongly influenced Kea’s same passions for river running and skiing.  Additionally, Kea spent hours watching his artistic father Ken, at work and became an artist in his own right, crafting cartoons with his childhood friend Scott Stricker for the young Valley Journal- Carbondale’s first newspaper.  He became a prolific graphic artist and many of his logos still inhabit the valley.

A long time Coloradoan, Kea fished and made a living by first starting a worm farm, then tying flies, and later as a ‘Shop Rat’.  His grandfather worked for Grainger and designed the machine that mechanized the process of splitting cane.  Accordingly, Kea fished Grainger Specials, often with a live hopper, red wiggler or live stonefly.  He spent his life including people on his varied outdoor pursuits and started adventuring commercially as a full-time fishing guide in 1980, working with Taylor Creek, Roaring Fork Anglers and Alpine Angling.  Kea amassed more hours on the oars than most guides and, in combination with wade guiding, ranked among the top guides in the US.  Guiding was his gift; ethics and etiquette were his passion.  Respect for the rivers was his primary pitch to anyone who would listen.  Kea’s clients included everyone from his younger brother Ian to Hollywood Icons and accomplished outdoorsmen.  It was imperative to Kea to be properly prepared and ten minutes early to meet clients for whom he provided memorable lifetime experiences while promoting a deep respect for the rivers, his mentors and his peers.

Kea started his own fly fishing business in 2012 and surrounded himself with a small crew of guides who he taught the value of bringing the ethics of continued care for our rivers and streams back into guiding. His western heritage framed his focus on a quality fishing experience for his following where he imparted his passion for the valley he loved; number of fish caught was a secondary goal.  Any time off the river was spent skiing, camping, hiking and playing in our Elk Mountains and surfing on the Pacific Coast.

Kea regarded himself as having been fortunate to guide and to have been guided by the old and new masters of the fly-fishing industry.  He had strong beliefs about paying it forward and happily donated time and trips to worthy causes, encouraging his peers to do the same.  In essence, Kea was a very humble man whose renowned reputation was forged largely by teaching the importance of preserving our rivers and helping others find fulfillment in their own lives and fly fishing experiences.


June 24, 1965 – July 21, 2019

Ian Hause
Our beloved Ian Hause passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of July 21st at the age of 54 while among friends in Colorado Springs pursuing a course in personal growth. He was born in Santa Barbara, California on June 24th, 1965 and spent most of his life in Carbondale where he will always be remembered as a funny, kind, generous, intelligent and loyal friend. Ian had a great passion for fly fishing, skiing, music and his work. He leaves his legacy through various land development projects and his commitment to preserving the natural beauty in the Roaring Fork valley he called home. During his last year his love for the beauty of mountains and rivers exploded. His enthusiasm and energy was boundless. He loved his family and his many friends. Please send your love and well wishes but mainly the family asks you to hold the good moments you had with him dearly in your heart.

He is survived by his parents Ken and Adele Hause, his step-mother Laurie Hause, his sister Heather Froelicher, her husband Franz, their children Weaver and Eric and his brother Eric Hause, his wife Karen, their children Ginger and Mary and grandchildren Hendrix, Wilson and Otto and, last but not least, his loyal dog Makee, a Chihuahua/ Beagle mix . He was predeceased by Kea Hause, his wonderful older brother and his step-father Lester Bickel. A Memorial will be held in his honor on Friday, October 18th from 4-7 p.m. at Spring Creeks Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado.

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