The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and their hunting heritage.
LAND CONSERVATION AND ACCESS
Conservation of priority elk habitat and quality public access maintains healthy elk herds. RMEF seeks to permanently protect quality elk range, migration corridors, winter range, calving areas and other landscapes vital to elk and other wildlife. Conservation tools include land acquisitions and exchanges, conservation easements, contributions and other means. RMEF also seeks to open and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities. Access tools include land acquisitions and exchanges, access easements and contributions. To date, RMEF protected 1.3 million acres of wildlife habitat and opened or improved access to more than 1.3 million acres of public land.
RMEF brings focus to the importance of quality habitat in sustaining healthy elk herds and other wildlife. Stewardship tools include prescribed burning, forest thinning, weed control, establishing water developments, aspen restoration and other treatments. To date, RMEF enhanced more than 6.8 million acres of wildlife habitat.
RMEF engages in wildlife issues of local, regional and national concern and ensures the scientific integrity of mission programs. Inclusive of this effort is addressing critical wildlife issues and hunter interests such as disease, predator management, population dynamics, elk ecology, migration corridors and winter range. Additionally, RMEF collaborates with partners to support scientific research to broaden the knowledge base for elk and elk habitat. RMEF also works to support eastern elk populations, particularly where successful restorations occurred.
RMEF aims to ensure the future of our hunting tradition by seeking to increase engagement in hunting and other outdoor activities. It does so by providing grants for hunting heritage and conservation education programs such as the National Archery in the Schools Program and other recreational shooting sports organizations, camps for youth and adults, hunter safety education and similar programs. Additionally, RMEF supplies funding and scholarships for budding wildlife management professionals.
ISSUES & ADVOCACY
RMEF works with Congress, federal and state agencies, the judicial system and state legislatures to track and engage on legislation, regulations and litigation. RMEF continually accelerates its vigilance in monitoring and advocating for land and wildlife management and conservation-related issues. RMEF educates hunters and rallies members on these issues for the benefit of elk, conservation and our hunting heritage.
HUNTING IS CONSERVATION
RMEF celebrates the vital role hunters play in conservation by supporting the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation through population management, science and funding generated by license sales and excise taxes on equipment and donations. RMEF owns the license and trademark to Hunting Is ConservationTM.
To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, visit RMEF.org.
This program served to educate the community about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its local chapters in Clark County. Wendy spoke with Las Vegas Chapter Chair Brittney Skadowski about what the organization does to protect wildlife and conserve land both locally and nationally. Brittney talked about the history of the organization and its effort to date to stop the loss of open space. Brittney also invited the community to the chapter’s upcoming fundraising banquet at Sams Town Hotel, which will include a live auction, raffle and silent auction. Brittney gave detail about what members can expect from the event and how to register. She also gave detail about how the funds raised will help the organization’s efforts.
Original Air Date: April 17, 2022.