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RMEF: 8 Million Acres Strong

      The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation closed 2020 with an impressive milestone: Eight million acres of lifetime conservation work over its 36-year history.

     “This is a noteworthy landmark and one worth celebrating, yet what we’re really talking about is significant, measurable on the ground conservation accomplishment that permanently protects or enhances wildlife habitat across elk country and benefits a majestic and iconic species,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “The trickle down effects also positively impact countless game and non-game species alike, improve public access and benefit our hunting tradition.”

     In 2020 RMEF closed at least 21 land conservation projects in 10 different states. RMEF also collaborated with partners to contribute millions of dollars in grants for forest thinning, prescribed burns, invasive weed treatments, the establishment of wildlife water sources and other habitat enhancement and hunting heritage projects as well as elk-related scientific research.

     “This milestone would not be possible without the support of our volunteers, members, partners and sportsmen and women,” added Weaver. “No matter where you are on any one of these eight million acres, there’s a good chance you will catch a whiff of the unmistakable scent of elk. Because every foot of land we protected, enhanced or opened to public access is elk habitat. And going forward, we have much more to do.”