Our Board

Daniela Kohl


Daniela Kohl gained valuable hands-on experience working with a Florida bear protection advocacy group where she learned about the positive impact that raising awareness and retrofitting trash cans could have on reducing human-bear conflicts. She founded Roaring Fork Bears in 2019, and has consistently been working on innovative ways and solutions to get the public more engaged to coexist peacefully with our beautiful black bears. The work of Roaring Fork Bears happens in many ways: connecting with local government agencies, endorsing proper enforcement and finding effective waste management systems that keep bears protected and people safe. Daniela has found that residents and visitors are more easily persuaded to change through education about bear behavior and biology, and learning about best practices when living and recreating in bear country. As an organization, Roaring Fork Bears is committed to helping community members through education and by working with them, helping them find solutions that work in their individual neighborhoods. 

Perry Will


Perry Will comes from a farming and ranching family in Southeast Colorado. In 7th grade he was inspired by a book about wildlife management, earning a college degree in wildlife biology. He worked as a game warden for over forty years. Public service was also important to him and he is now the ranking member of the Energy and Environment committee in the Colorado Legislature, where he is a champion for rural Colorado in an urban dominated organization, representing western slope values and way of life working to protect our future and our children’s future by focusing on our heritage.

Jeff Marley


University of Guelph
Agricultural Background
Founder/GM Margo Supplies
Specializing in non-lethal wildlife deterrents
Extensive experience in exclusion electric fencing of carnivores, ungulates, and other wildlife.

Frosty Merriott


Frosty and his wife Carly have moved to the Valley in early 1998. He maintains his CPA office in River Valley Ranch. He term limited after 10 years as a Carbondale Town Trustee and also served 4 years on Planning and Zoning. Frosty currently serves on the Environmental Board and the Chamber Ex Board in an effort to give back and stay involved in our community.  He was named an Everyday Hero by the Colorado Chapter of CPAs for the work he did on the Wildlife Crossings Zones Bill a decade ago which along with CDOT and DOW to get the fencing initiative started. Frosty is fond of saying he will always give wildlife a seat at the table and considers wildlife as one of our most valuable assets.

If you would like to support our efforts, please donate to our cause today.

Send checks to P.O.Box 932, Carbondale, CO 81623.
Or call Daniela directly for more information.