| To All Friends of Grizzly People
"To All Friends of Grizzly People"
It's hard to believe that Tim's been gone since October 2003, but with a lot
of effort, things are falling into place. Thanks to everyone who has stepped
in to honor Timothy's life and work before and after his death, Grizzly People
has become a unique voice for bears and wildlife throughout the world. With
your help, Grizzly People has a future, and the chance to continue the work
of Timothy Treadwell.
For those of us who knew Tim, his work was magical, inspirational, and enlightening.
This work can continue through Tim's legacy of film and slides, and though
his unique ability to observe and document the lives of grizzly bears.
Harsh issues face the grizzly and it is vital to their survival to show them
in a beautiful and positive light. Another immediate goal is to re-structure
our website, so that it can be a place to view Timothy's intimate videos and
photographs of bears as well as become a forum for all grizzly issues, especially
Timothy believed protecting grizzlies from poaching was an integral part of
his mission. On several occasions poachers threatened him, but during his
time in Katmai, no grizzly was known to have been killed. In August 2004,
nearly a year after his death, five bears were poached in Katmai National
Preserve. After his death, Timothy was criticized for claiming there were
active poachers in Katmai. Alaskan conservationist and filmmaker Joel Bennett
said, "The recent poaching of bears in Katmai National Park shows that Alaskans
should never be complacent about the protection of their treasured wildlife
resources. Tim Treadwell's vigilance may well have saved other bears from
the same fate." The good news is that in May 2006, two men have been charged
in federal court for poaching four of the bears, and two juveniles have been
prosecuted for killing the fifth.
Man, a Discovery Docs./Lion's Gate documentary film directed by Werner
Herzog and produced by Erik Nelson premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film
Festival. Leonardo DiCaprio's
production company Appian Way has teamed up with Sony/Columbia Pictures to
develop a film on Timothy Treadwell.
Grizzly People is a 501c3, Grizzly People Inc., complete with a Board of Directors.
Louisa Willcox, Joel Bennett, Roland Dixon, Marnie Gaede, Louise Leakey and
Jewel Palovak. Environment Now, a
part of the Grizzly People family for many years, has been generous enough
to house Grizzly People in Santa Monica, giving us a prominent spot in the
environmental world. Organization of Timothy's materials for our new educational
campaign and work to set up the next phase of Grizzly People takes time and
money. We hope you will help.
Timothy Treadwell loved bears, foxes, and all things wild. He had a wonderful,
positive vision for their preservation. Tim had a passion to share the beauty
of wild animals, living wild lives in wild places. Many of you shared that
vision and I am asking you to help Grizzly People continue with Tim's work.