From Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
RENO, Nev.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on Sunday wrapped up its largest annual conservation fundraiser with gross revenues topping $2.5 million.
Those dollars will help support many RMEF initiatives to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. RMEF is a major supporter of new elk restoration efforts in Missouri and Virginia. And, by the end of 2011, officials expect to top 6 million acres conserved or enhanced since the organization was founded in 1984.
RMEF’s 27th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo was held March 3-6 in Reno, Nev. Auctions, raffles, donations, exhibitors and attendees, new memberships and merchandise sales contributed to the total raised for conservation.
“Elk Camp always sets the tone for the coming year, and this year’s event had great energy and spirit. I believe we’re off and running toward a year of major milestones for our organization,” said RMEF President and CEO David Allen.
Other Elk Camp highlights included:
- Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler honored during an emotional opening ceremony
- Sneak preview of the new television series “RMEF Team Elk” to air on Outdoor Channel
- RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships
- RMEF’s highest honor, the Wallace Fennell Pate Wildlife Conservation Award, presented to Dr. Terry Sweet of Grand Junction, Colo.
- Numerous awards and recognitions for RMEF volunteers and supporters
- Entertainment by Daryle Singletary, Easton Corbin, Bob Eubanks and Clay Walker
Event sponsors included MidwayUSA, Browning, Budweiser, Cabela’s, Danner, Hunter’s Specialties, Gerber, Leupold, North American Hunter, Realtree, Roper, Aflac, and Bill Barrett Corp.
Allen said, “We can’t say thank you enough to our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for their continuing support. Together, we’re shaping the future of elk country.”
The 28th Annual RMEF Elk Camp and expo will be in Las Vegas, Feb. 2-4, 2012.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.9 million acres—a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.