Elk NetworkDC Trip a Productive One for RMEF

Conservation | September 20, 2019

Core to the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is advocating for issues that benefit elk country. With that in mind, a RMEF delegation recently took a productive trip to Washington DC.

RMEF President & CEO Kyle Weaver, Board Member Nancy Hadley, Government Affairs Director Mark Lambrecht, Lands Director Jennifer Doherty and Federal Affairs Representative Mike Williams traveled to Washington, D.C. the week of September 9-13, 2019, to visit agency and administration officials, members of Congress and attend events associated with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) annual banquet.

The trip that included meetings with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, Deputy Assistant to the President Michael Williams, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment James Hubbard, Deputy Chief of the Forest Service Chris French, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. James Risch (R-ID), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID), Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Michael Hacker—Senior Adviser to Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC).

RMEF engaged officials in discussions about wildlife migration corridors, chronic wasting disease, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, digital mapping of federal lands, predator management and wolf delisting, wild horse and burro management, elk restoration, forest management reforms, conservation easement regulations and many other RMEF priority issues. RMEF also attended the CSF luncheon featuring a speech by Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and dinner with a keynote address by Interior Secretary Bernhardt.

RMEF also participated in the Sportsmen’s Roundtable discussion at the Interior Department where Secretary Bernhardt led a discussion on chronic wasting disease, wildlife corridors and hunting/fishing access.

(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)

Top photo: Doherty, Weaver, Hadley and Lambrecht (left to right)