By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager
This past Thursday, our Executive Director Tehri Parker and other leaders in wildlife and animal welfare met with Colorado lawmakers for the Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare (CLAW) Caucus. Among the lawmakers was First Gentleman Marlon Reis, a well-known animal welfare advocate.
This isn’t the first time Reis has intersected with our work here at Rocky Mountain Wild.
Last August, Governor Jared Polis signed the Executive Order to conserve Colorado wildlife and habitat and plan for the safe passage for wildlife. During the signing ceremony, Polis introduced the concept of wildlife crossings, specifically the State Highway 9 project Rocky Mountain Wild supported by collecting wildlife data using remote-trigger cameras.
Reis was one of the speakers at the signing noting, “We must do everything we can to protect our native habitats and the wildlife that moves through them.”
The First Gentleman has advocated for animals – from wild to domestic, endangered species to farmed – since Polis took office. He has made animal welfare a priority in his role as First Gentleman.
That is why we are happy to announce that First Gentleman Marlon Reis is an honorary co-host of this year’s Denver stop of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival!
The film festival features award-winning environmental and outdoor adventure films from around the world that have been selected for their great visual stories, but more than that, for their ability to inspire and motivate us to continue the cause to keep the Rocky Mountains wild for all our region’s species.
On top of the 12 films we will be screening, the event also features direct actions from local environmental and animal rights nonprofits that attendees can take part in on the spot.
Rocky Mountain Wild will also be presenting the First Gentleman with an award for his advocacy for wildlife protection and habitat connectivity.
Hope to see you there!
Rocky Mountain Wild