February 23, 2013
RMEF Board of Directors to Welcome Long-time Wildlife Biologist, Researcher
MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to welcome Larry Irwin to its board of directors.
“Larry brings decades of on-the-ground work to the table,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “His studies on elk, other wildlife, and habitat further strengthen RMEF's resolve to acquire more science-based research and knowledge.”
“I am ecstatic about serving on the RMEF Board of Directors,” said Irwin. “I believe the RMEF is well-positioned to be among the top tier of leading conservation organizations, because of great foresight by its founders, development of a successful business model, and to a tremendously energetic and dedicated staff and outstanding leadership.”
Irwin earned a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology, a Master's degree in Wildlife Management and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science. He worked at the university level as a researcher and professor for more than 15 years before transitioning to duties as wildlife program manager and principal scientist forthe National Council for Air and Stream Improvement. Over his career, he published more than 120 different scientific articles.
“My interests and strongest experiences lie in the arena of land and conservation policy, as well as technical side of topics such as habitat and population management,” added Irwin. “I hope to contribute toward various issues such as promoting hunter access on de-facto refuges that are off-limits to hunters, private, state, and federal land management policy, and setting priorities for an integrated series of efforts targeted at elk habitat restoration and improvement.”
Irwin lives in Stevensville, Montana, where he chases elk with a bow, rifle and a camera. He also used capture-guns and net traps to get his hands on them, attach radio tags and let them go.