The first Monday in September is a time for many families and friends to hold that final cookout, campout, vacation or “so long summer” gathering before our kids gear up to return to school.
Labor Day is a federal holiday with roots dating clear back to the late 1800's. It celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers who have done so much to make this country great.
As Americans and members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, I hope we all recognize the toil, sweat, innovation and successful achievement of those who went before us. At the RMEF we take great pride in being the conservation group of the working men and women in North America. It is that work ethic that made RMEF successful in our habitat work, our elk reintroductions and our hunting heritage legacy.
While Labor Day falls just once a year on the calendar, I want to let our volunteers know how much we appreciate your dedication and hard work all year long. You are the engine that powers the RMEF machine. To date, your passion lifted RMEF to some lofty accomplishments: more than 6.3 million acres of conserved or protected habitat, 650,000 acres of land opened for public access and the successful reintroduction of elk into Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia, and Ontario. Plus many of you freely give of your time and money to volunteer at youth and adult camps to better enhance our hunting heritage, and do so many other things to conserve and improve elk country.
But we can’t spend our time looking in the rear view mirror. There is much work still to do. So take a moment, pat yourself on the back and then join me and RMEF members nationwide as we roll up our sleeves and labor together toward an even better future.
M. David Allen
President and CEO