Rick Noseworthy assumes full-time role at Townsend-based black bear rehabilitation center


Knoxville, TN: April 20, 2012 – Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR), a Townsend-based one-of-a-kind rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured black bears, has named an interim curator after the resignation of its longtime and dedicated curator, Lisa Stewart.

ABR is now in the qualified hands of Rick Noseworthy who helped found the nonprofit organization in 1996 and served as the charter president of the board of directors. Noseworthy will take over the full-time role as interim curator until the organization hires a replacement. A retired professional forester with more than 30 years of conservation and environmental protection experience, Noseworthy has worked for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Gaitlinburg Muncipal Black Bear Habitat, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation Environmental Unit.

“Rick’s dedication and experience will be a great asset to the continued care and rehabilitation of the cubs,” said ABR spokesperson Heather Ripley. “Our board of directors has plans to move quickly in hiring one or two full-time curators. These individuals must be passionate about our mission of rehabilitating orphaned and injured bears for release to the wild and educating the public about black bears and the regional threats facing them.”

He will become a part-time Curator once a permanent Curator has been hired.

Heather Ripley, FletcherPR
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