Task Force To Present Bear Education Resources To Town Board, Estes Valley
April to be proclaimed “Estes Cares About Bears” month
The community-led Bear Education Task Force has developed outreach programs and materials for Estes Valley businesses, residents and guests, children and adults. The partner agencies and individuals of the task force will present these resources at the April 9 Town Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. The presentation will be accompanied by a Town proclamation designating April as “Estes Cares About Bears” month. The group’s mission is ultimately to create a better environment for bears and other wildlife, to preserve watchable wildlife in the Estes Valley, and to promote public safety.
Following the April 9 meeting, the task force will promote its resources to the community and follow-up with its efforts through the summer. The task force has developed partnerships with community organizations and businesses, and prepared educational programs, an educational video, printed and electronic materials, hands-on children’s programs, and an interactive pledge and recognition program for bear-responsible businesses.
The Bear Education Task Force was formed after community conversations identified education as one of the critical pathways for improving bear and human interactions in the Estes Valley. Participants represent the community at large, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, YMCA, Bears Are Us, Estes Area Lodging Association, Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Visit Estes Park, Estes Park Visitor Center, Estes Park Police Department, Estes Valley Library, Waste Management, Association for Responsible Development, League of Women Voters, Rocky Mountain National Park, Town of Estes Park staff and its Board of Trustees.
For more information on the Bear Education Task Force, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577-3701.