Three Rivers Historical Museum seeks donations for bear-proof trash enclosure

Three Rivers Historical Museum

It’s going to be a hallelujah moment when the new public restrooms at the Three Rivers Historical Museum open to the public. Finally, there will be a place for visitors to pull over and… well, you know. And there are thousands of them annually that stop in and ask to use the restroom.

Tom Marshall, president of the Three Rivers Historical Society, which is overseeing the restroom project on Museum property, hopes to have the facility open by June 1. But there is one final detail that needs to be attended to: a bear-proof trash can. Three Rivers Historical Museum

This would be a great way for the Three Rivers business community to get involved and support the restroom project. After all, local businesses will now have a place to direct people who need to make a pit stop.Three Rivers Historical Museum

Three Rivers Historical MuseumBear-proof containers are a cost-effective way to responsibly store garbage and other bear attractants. The Historical Society is committed to reducing human-bear interactions in Three Rivers. That is why the nonprofit group’s wishlist currently contains a secured trash can, similar to what is utilized in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and at Cobble Knoll Recreation Area (Lake Kaweah).It takes

The Bearsaver brand receptacle — complete with tax, shipping, and installation — will cost $2,000. That should be a cinch for a committed community to pay: about $1 per person if every woman, man, and child pitched in. Three Rivers Hist

Here are some ways to donate—

Online store (preferred):

Credit/debit card: (send your phone number to be contacted for credit/debit information) or call 559-561-4085 (Tom Marshall’s temporary home office) 

Check: Make payable to TRHS; mail to TRHS, PO Box 162, Three Rivers, CA 93271

Keeping garbage and other attractants away from bears

It takes a village. The key to creating a bear-safe community is to eliminate the food and waste that lures bears in. Three Rivers Historical MuseumThree Rivers Historical Museum

Experience has shown that it is much easier to keep human food sources away from a wild bear than it is to teach a bear that has been rewarded by human food/waste to stay away from that easy, high calorie source. Three Rivers Historical Museum

Bears love garbage. Access to garbage makes it easy for bears to get the calories and nourishment they need without expending much energy. Consuming large quantities of digestible food allows bears to store large amounts of fat to survive the denning period. Since dumps, compost piles, and other human garbage sources contain concentrated sources of calorie-rich foods, they are extremely attractive to bears, especially in the fall.

The most important way to minimize human-bear conflicts is to keep garbage away from bears. Unsecured garbage storage areas and food storage/preparation areas attract bears. Once a bear gets a taste of human garbage, they will return regularly in search of food.

Won’t it be nice to know that restroom users will never pull into the parking lot to find a dumped trash can and garbage strewn about the property? That’s not a good look for a park gateway community.

See information above on how and where to donate toward a bear-proof trash enclosure.

Three Rivers Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (IRS 77-0308206e). All donations are tax-deductible.storic Threl Museum

2 thoughts on “Three Rivers Historical Museum seeks donations for bear-proof trash enclosure

  • April 10, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Thank You Sarah for the article. We are receiving emails with donation question. I have set up a special entry in our on-line store to donate for the bear box. Four ways to donate:
    2. Call in a credit/debit card to 559-561-4085, we will call you back for cc information.
    3. Mail check payable to: TRHS
    P O Box 162, Three Rivers, CA 93271
    4. Email and we will contact you.

  • April 15, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Tom
    I just donated to the bear garbage can.
    I wanted to share a thought with you. Have you reached out to the park to see if they may have one they are taking out of service? Might just need a new coat of paint. Just an idea.
    Sue Schwarz


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