As you probably know, we are STILL running generators to provide power for the animals.
The refrigerators need to run full time and we are only able to run the well part time, so we are still filling bowls, buckets and bottles of water for the animals instead of them having automatic waterers.
In order for the power company to install our power, they need a permit to cross a few feet of US Forest Service land. We applied for this permit about two years ago and still don’t have it.
We think there is a light at the end of the tunnel….
The most recent delay is that US Forest Service re-surveyed much of the land in our area 30 years ago. They re-marked the new boundaries and apparently people have had issues all through this area with boundary disputes.
Three years ago when we installed our fence, we used Forest Service boundary markers to determine the property line. That was a big mistake.
Apparently some of the survey markers that we used were the OLD markers – we never found new ones. Now parts of our 8’ perimeter are over 30’ on National Forest property!
US Forest Service won’t issue the permit for power until this is corrected.
Will you help us fix this problem and get permanent power to the animals?
[important] Here is what we need:
- We have agreed to pay a surveyor approximately $5,000 to GPS our boundaries and stake our property line so we know exactly where the fence needs to be and which parts need to move. The survey should be complete by next week.
- We need to pay abut $1,000 for additional fencing materials to keep our perimeter secure while we take down and move the fence we installed 3 years ago. We plan to begin moving fence immediately upon competion of the survey.
- We still don’t have the amount that the buried power main will cost us, but it is expected to be expensive. We are hoping that the permit to run power will be approved quickly once the fence is moved. [/important]
We have a special fund established to pay expenses related to obtaining power and running on backup generators until that is accomplished.
Please help us with this expensive startup expense so that we can get on with habitat expansion and preparation to open for guided tours.
Thank you for helping the animals settle into their new home!