The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received the Boone and Crockett Club’s third Conservation and Stewardship Award for exemplifying excellence in conservation and wildlife and land stewardship.
RMEF recently surpassed 7 million conserved or enhanced acres of elk habitat. It also recently topped one million opened or improved public access acres.
“Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a consummate example of hunters who conserve,” said Tom Price, chairman of the Club’s Habitat and Multiple Use/Sharing Committee. “They have become one of the most effective and efficient species conservation groups in the U.S. Thanks to their efforts, wild, free-ranging populations of majestic elk have been restored to historic ranges in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. They are certainly deserving of this honor.”
RMEF co-founders Charlie Decker and Bob Munson accepted the award at the 82nd annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Spokane, Washington.
“We are truly honored to receive this recognition,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It is a tribute to the hard work and sacrifice of Bob and Charlie and their wives during RMEF’s early days. It is also a reflection of the continuing efforts of our dedicated volunteers and members as well as a reminder that although we have carried out significant on-the-ground work in elk country, there is still much more to do.”
Photo info: (left to right) Bob & Vicki Munson, Yvonne & Charlie Decker, David Allen, Tom Price (Boone & Crockett) & B&C President Ben Hollingsworth