Four Begin New Terms on Elk Foundation Board

Four Begin New Terms on Elk Foundation Board

FORT WORTH, Texas — -( Conservationists from California, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas have been named to new positions on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation board of directors.

Included are:

  • Lou “Shark” Prusinovski, Redding, Calif., director
  • Bill Alexander, Hillsboro, N.M., director
  • Joe Treadway, Ashville, N.C., chairman of the board
  • Mark Tolar, Woodville, Texas, director

All are longtime volunteers for the Elk Foundation. They began their new terms of service during the organization’s 25th annual convention, held March 5-8 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Each will help guide policy and governance for one of America’s premier wildlife conservation organizations. The Elk Foundation’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. Headquartered in Missoula, Mont., RMEF boasts more than 150,000 members and 10,000 volunteers who coordinate over 550 fundraisers annually.

Together with corporate partners, individual donors and other revenue streams, the Elk Foundation has funded more than 6,100 different conservation and education projects.

Habitat enhancement projects include prescribed burns, weed treatments, forest thinning, water developments and more. Land protection work, such as brokering a 2008 land swap that added 61,578 acres of elk habitat to the state forest system in Washington’s central Cascades, preclude development and subdivision. Combined, these efforts have topped 5.7 million acres.

Another major success is the Elk Foundation’s help restoring elk to long-vacant parts of their historic range. Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin are home to wild elk today, thanks to RMEF funding, expertise or facilitation.

Brief bios:

Lou ‘Shark’ Prusinovski, Redding, Calif.
Self employed, construction. RMEF volunteer since 1993. Chairman of RMEF Northern California Chapter, RMEF regional chair, past recipient of RMEF Chairman’s Award, past member of RMEF Building, Lands, Membership and Volunteer Activities, and CEO Advisory committees. Volunteer for American Cancer Society, DU.

Bill Alexander, Hillsboro, N.M.
Owner, Alexander Cattle Co., Mellen Wisc. Inv. Co., Chalex Oil & Gas Co. RMEF life member, Habitat Council member, Trails Society member. Founder of RMEF Montrose (Colo.) Chapter, past RMEF director, past Torstenson Wildlife Center director, past RMEF state chair for Colo. Member: Colorado Division of Wildlife Habitat Partnership Committee, DU, TU, Valley Land Conservancy.

Joe Treadway, Ashville, N.C.
Owner, RP Services, Ashville, N.C. RMEF life member and Habitat Partner. Founding member of RMEF Great Smoky Mountains Chapter, past chair and co-chair of RMEF Merchandise and Arrangement Committee, past RMEF state chair for N.C., past RMEF regional chair, past RMEF director. Member: FNAWS, NRA, NWTF, SCI.

Mark Tolar, Woodville, Texas
Associate pastor, Woodville’s First Baptist Church. Founder and chairman of RMEF Chisholm Trail Chapter, past RMEF district chair, past RMEF district vice chair, past RMEF regional chair, past chair of RMEF regional chairs, member of RMEF Membership and Volunteer Activities Committee.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.7 million acres—a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at or 800-CALL ELK.