MISSOULA, Mont. -(Ammoland.com)- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is the recipient of the Boone and Crockett Club's third Conservation and Stewardship Award.
The award is given annually to the organization or entity that best exemplifies excellence in conservation and wildlife and land stewardship – core values of the Boone and Crockett Club and its founder, Theodore Roosevelt.
Two of the Foundation's founders, Bob Munson and Charlie Decker were recognized at a dinner hosted by the Club in Spokane, Washington, as part of the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
RMEF was founded in 1984 in Montana with the mission to protect and enhance America's most vital elk country and promote stewardship that benefits a wide range of wildlife.
To date, the conservation group has helped conserve 7.1 million acres and completed more than 10,000 conservation, education and hunting heritage projects across 49 states and eight provinces.
When the group began, there were approximately 550,000 elk in North America. Today, there are more than one million wild elk in 28 states.
“Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a consummate example of hunters who conserve,” said Tom Price, chairman of the Club's Habitat and Multiple Use/Sharing Committee. “They have become one of the most effective and efficient species conservation groups in the U.S. Thanks to their efforts, wild, free-ranging populations of majestic elk have been restored to historic ranges in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. They are certainly deserving of this honor.”
Along with securing, protecting and enhancing elk habitat, RMEF has tirelessly worked to expand public access to wild places. The group works with federal and state agencies, private landowners, conservation groups, corporations, foundations and local stakeholders to gain public access to hundreds of thousands of acres of previously unreachable land. The group also grants funds for conservation, stewardship and hunting heritage projects across North America.
“We are truly honored to receive this recognition,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It is a tribute to the hard work and sacrifice of Bob and Charlie and their wives during RMEF's early days. It's also a reflection of the continuing efforts of our dedicated volunteers and members as well as a reminder that although we have already carried out significant on-the-ground work in elk country, there is still much more to do.”
About the Boone and Crockett Club:
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana.
For details, visit their website.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 220,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.7 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage.
Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation” on their website or 800-CALL ELK.