THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION
As the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation looks to advance conservation with its 2022 mission work, it looks back on a year of conservation accomplishments.
“From completing the first phase of a landscape-scale conservation and access project in Oregon to conserving nearly 12,000 acres of tule elk country in California, while also protecting and enhancing habitat nationwide, the bottom line is we put real dollars on the landscape that make a real difference for elk and other wildlife,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “In doing so, we remain resilient and financially strong despite the ongoing challenges during these unique times.”
RMEF also provided more support for wildlife management, scientific research, advocacy issues on behalf of its mission and worked to maintain and improve America’s hunting heritage.
2021 conservation highlights
Surpassed 8.3 million acres in lifetime mission accomplishment
Completed 183 habitat stewardship and wildlife management projects that enhanced 138,276 acres of habitat
Committed an additional $2.2 million that leveraged $22.4 million in partner dollars (1:10 match) toward future projects
Opened or improved public access to 31,205 acres of public land in eight states
Completed 15 projects in 11 states that protected 26,276 acres of wildlife habitat
Maintained a membership of 225,000+
Allocated $670,000 for scientific elk research that leveraged $5.5 million in partner dollars (1:8 match)
Completed 209 hunting heritage projects
11,000+ volunteers generated mission funding & completed on the ground projects
“We greatly appreciate our volunteers, members, partners and supporters for strengthening and standing with us in ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” said Mark Baker, RMEF Board of Directors chair. “We cannot do it without them and looking forward, our aim is to accelerate that mission in 2022.”
RMEF created an infographic highlighting its 2021 and lifetime conservation accomplishments.