A year ago at this time, I expressed my gratitude for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and all the dedicated volunteers, members and RMEF staffers who carry out our shared mission to ensure the future of elk and elk country. Now that 2014 is about to close, I remain sincerely thankful for those same things.
We have done great things together this past year. RMEF permanently protected and opened or secured public access to tens of thousands of acres of prime elk habitat. We took part in scores of on-the-ground habitat enhancement projects to improve elk country for elk and other critters. We are reaching out to more youth to pass on our hunting heritage way of life. The list of accomplishments goes on and on.
Santa is about to make his annual rounds and we all look forward to that. May I suggest that the best presents we can give this holiday season are the gifts of thankfulness, gratitude and a dedication to standing up for who we are as hunter-conservationists? We owe that to ourselves and the generations that follow. I am thankful for this great and growing conservation organization that is doing so much good on so many fronts from one coast of our great country to the other.
Personally, I cherish my wife and my boys and the life that we share. I am also grateful for my RMEF family. Thank you for all that you do!
I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your time with your loved ones. Express your gratitude to them and to our Maker for the many good things we all enjoy in the outdoors, including the abundant wildlife and habitat resources.
2014 was great but 2015 can be even greater. Let’s make it happen together!
M. David Allen