MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation celebrates National Volunteer Week by saluting the heart of its nearly 36-year-old conservation organization – its volunteers.
“Our mission success is a product of the time, effort and talents put forth by our volunteers,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “They raise critical funding and perform hands on work that allows us to carry out our mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Beyond raising funds and delivering mission, our volunteers are true champions in representing everything RMEF stands for in towns all across America.”
RMEF volunteers in more than 500 chapters nationwide host banquets, membership drives and other events. They also take part in on-the-ground habitat enhancement work such as fence pulls, noxious weed treatments, building wildlife water sources, planting seedlings and other projects that enhance elk country.
Additionally, they freely give of their time for archery and firearm shooting teams, outdoor youth camps and seminars, and other activities that educate boys, girls, men and women about the importance of conservation and the role hunting plays in it.
“In this unique time in history we especially honor and recognize our volunteers. The COVID-19 pandemic struck in the middle of our fundraising season yet our volunteers remain energized while looking out for the well-being of their families,” continued Weaver. “They are working diligently to reschedule banquets and even creating new and innovative ways to support our mission. For that and much more we say, ‘Thank you!’”
Since 1984, RMEF volunteers helped to protect or enhance more than 8 million acres of wildlife habitat, open or improve access to 1.3 million acres, complete more than 12,400 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects, and assist with the successful reintroduction of elk in seven states and one Canadian province.
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About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded more than 35 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 8 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™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.