Virginia to Receive Grants from Elk Foundation

Virginia to Receive Grants from Elk Foundation

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

MISSOULA, Mont. –-( A trio of conservation education and hunting heritage projects in Virginia have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $1,500, will help fund regional and statewide programs.

“Elk have always been an inspiration to our volunteers and members in Virginia, even before elk restoration was making local headlines.

Since 1996, RMEF banquets and fundraisers have supported many kinds of conservation projects all across elk habitat, in western as well as eastern states, plus some 30 different projects in Virginia with a combined value of more than $150,000,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.

RMEF grants for 2010 have been awarded to:

  • Virginia Sportsman Reward Fund (VSRF)–An RMEF grant will help fund rewards for individuals who call-in tips concerning wildlife crimes to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Crime Line. The VSRF board of directors manages public donations for rewards, reviews reports from conservation officers and determines amounts to be rewarded. RMEF will have a seat on the board and a voice in this process. As Virginia moves forward with an elk restoration program, RMEF participation in this program will help to encourage protection of the developing resource.
  • Virginia Hunter Education–A grant will support the Virginia Hunter Education Association and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Hunter Skills weekend at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, Va., October 1-3, 2010. The event offers a variety of classes from habitat management to rifle skills for both new and experienced hunters. The grant helps establish an RMEF scholarship program to allow disadvantaged individuals to attend.
  • Virginia Hunters for the Hungry–This RMEF grant will assist with distributing venison to needy families, elderly citizens and children. In 2009, a record 405,340 pounds of venison was processed and distributed in Virginia, and demand has increased. The grant will offset the cost of processing and distributing venison across Virginia.

Projects were selected for grants by a committee of RMEF field staff and volunteers.

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 5.8 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.