The year 2018 marks the centennial celebration of the reintroduction of elk into Michigan. The Capitol Area Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation marked the occasion by presenting Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with a special plaque during its big game banquet.
Seven elk were reintroduced into Michigan near Wolverine in 1918. Today, biologists seek to maintain a population between 500 and 900 animals.
Since 1990, RMEF and its partners completed 153 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Michigan with a combined value of more than $5.3 million. These projects protected or enhanced 5,745 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 877 acres.
Photo information: RMEF Capitol Area Chapter Chair Joel Korson & Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh (left to right)