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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Marking a Great 30th Anniversary

Yvonne and Charlie Decker
May 14, 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. For the most part, it was business as usual around RMEF headquarters.

Earlier that same week, RMEF completed a conservation project seven years in the making that now permanently protects and provides public access to more than 4,000 acres of prime elk habitat in Washington.

Just prior to that, RMEF announced that so far in 2014 it allocated more than $3.5 million for habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects.In Virginia, elk continue to disperse from the third and final phase conducted last month of a restoration project, funded in part by RMEF dollars and powered by volunteers, that returned elk to their native range. Volunteers also continue to crack the whip by organizing and hosting chapter banquets and other fundraising events around the country to raise money for RMEF's mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

One of the things that made the day special was that so many members, volunteers, sponsors, partner groups, hunters and other good folks went out of their way to thank RMEF for its past, present and future. (See some of them below. Sorry if we missed you as there were so many.). Thank you to all who support the RMEF, elk and elk country!

Bob and Vicki Munson
We capped our work day by hosting a casual reception attended by co-founders Charlie Decker, Bob Munson, their wives, staffers, supporters and many other people throughout the community. It was a good chance to shake some hands, share some stories and just plain enjoy each other's company as RMEF family members.

Earlier that morning, Bob Munson encouraged staffers at a small department meeting to "Keep the pedal to the metal!"

We certainly will Bob!

The Deckers, Munsons, and a framed blanket originally presented to the RMEF in 1988 by Buntz and Bill
Watkins and the Watkins family of Zip Beverage Company (distributors of Budweiser) which was
instrumental in RMEF's Robb Creek acquisition in 1988

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