January 22, 2009
Elk Foundation Leads Bailout on Quarter-Million Acres
MISSOULA, Mont.—In a year remembered for economic woes, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation led a bullish 2008 bailout that protected or enhanced more than a quarter-million acres of habitat for elk and other wildlife.
Without our stewardship efforts, those lands would have spiraled into weed-choked meadows, overgrown forests, developments or other forms of elk-country bankruptcy.
The 2008 totals bring the Elk Foundation’s lifetime conservation impact to over 5.5 million acres.
“We had a great year, especially when you consider the economic climate,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We funded 456 projects, mostly habitat projects in elk states, as well as education and hunting heritage projects across the nation. In all, 40 states benefitted from the efforts of our volunteers and supporters.”
Land protection projects, including a landmark exchange that added 61,000 acres of elk habitat to the state forest system in Washington, impacted 99,348 acres. Habitat enhancement projects like weed treatments, forest thinning and prescribed burns touched another 161,551 acres. Combined acres totaled 260,899.
Education and hunting heritage projects helped over 200,000 students and adults learn more about conservation and America’s sporting heritage.
A few RMEF highlights from 2008:
The Elk Foundation finished 2008 with over 150,000 members and 10,000 volunteers. Along with hundreds of partners, supporters and donors, the organization enters 2009—the year of RMEF’s 25th Anniversary—with energy and enthusiasm.