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Friday, June 6, 2014

Giving Thanks to a Long-time RMEF Friend

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently said “thank you” to a friend of elk, conservation and our New Mexico volunteers and members. Dale Hall rode off into the sunset of retirement after a lifetime of service to fish and wildlife.

Below are the words of James Lucero, RMEF’s New Mexico state chair:

Dale started with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) back in 1989 with the Hunter Education program. Since that time, he started the Bowhunter Education portion of Hunter Education. After that Dale moved to the fisheries department and then the Landowner-Sportsmen program. He also supervised the start-up programs of Outfitter-Guide registration and Wildlife Depredation. In 2001, he started up the Habitat Stamp program—an effort to think on a landscape level in terms of the needs of wildlife, giving sportsmen ownership and maintaining past investments. 

Dale was instrumental with getting RMEF involved with habitat improvement projects across the state including the placement of water storage tanks, catchments umbrella and guzzlers or trick tanks, removing old and decadent exclosures and rebuilding them with a lower maintenance schedule than past exclosures. RMEF’s New Mexico Project Advisory Committee monies have been awarded to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service, NMDGF and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) as our partners in these projects making our money even more powerful. Dale organizes work projects with these various agencies and makes sure the job gets done.

Dale will still be dabbling in work projects from time to time and will keep the New Mexico volunteers informed when the next work project will take place.

On May 29, 2014, representatives from RMEF, BLM and NWTF made a presentation to Dale in honor of his hard work and commitment to wildlife. There were about 20 people that attended this very informal presentation. The BLM-Socorro Field Office dedicated a wildlife drinker in Dale's honor. It is named the Dale Hall Wildlife Water Trick Tank.

Thank you Dale!

James Lucero
RMEF New Mexico State Chair

Dale Hall receives plaque.
RMEF volunteers include Bob Nordstrom (second from left), Jim Davis (third from left) and James Lucero
(center with cap on backwards).
BLM, Forest Service, NWTF personnel and other friends and citizens also attended.

1 comment:

  1. Dale - a professional recognized for his dedication and commitment to wildlife management, conservation and education. Thanks for all your hard work, including your hours dedicated to the New Mexico Hunter Education Program.

    Lyle Petersen