MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation celebrates National Volunteer Week by acknowledging since 1984, its volunteers helped conserve or enhance nearly 8.4 million acres of habitat, open or improve access to more than 1.3 million acres and provided support for wildlife management, research, hunting and advocacy efforts.
“Simply stated, it is because of our volunteers that RMEF is able to carry out and advance our mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. They provide the fuel that powers our conservation engine,” said Mark Baker, chair of the RMEF Board of Directors.
RMEF volunteers head up more than 500 chapters nationwide that host banquets, membership drives and other fundraising events that benefit elk and elk country.
They also take part in meaningful boots on the ground conservation projects such as fence pulls, wildlife water resource installations, elk calf searches and collarings, seedings and plantings, and other hands-on habitat and wildlife improvement projects.
“Our volunteers donate the most valuable personal asset that any of us have to raise crucial funding for our mission, and that’s their time,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We salute them and thank them for their talents, abilities, passion and selfless service. As an organization, we would not be where we are today without our volunteers.”
Go here to learn more about RMEF volunteers, what they do and how to get involved, including RMEF Films productions that highlight their efforts.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded more than 37 years ago and fueled by hunters, RMEF maintains more than 225,000 members and has conserved nearly 8.4 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.