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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What Does $1 Billion Look Like?

[bil-yuh n] 

noun, plural billions (as after a numeral) billion.

1. A cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 9 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 12 zeros.

2. A very large number:
I've told you so billions of times.

3. Equal in number to a billion.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently topped $1 billion in total value of its lifetime efforts. That work includes land protection and access, habitat enhancement, wildlife management including elk restoration, research, and hunting heritage and conservation outreach projects. The land work itself permanently protected or enhanced more than 6.7 million acres of vital elk habitat.

But how do you fully realize and appreciate $1 billion when it is such a large amount? In other words, what does $1 billion look like? Let’s break it down through some staggering statistics.
  • If you stacked 1,000,000,000 one dollar bills, they would reach 358,510 feet in height or nearly 68 miles.
  • If you laid 1,000,000,000 one dollar bills end-to-end, they would extend 96,900 miles which would wrap around the earth almost four times. 
  • The area covered by 1,000,000,000 one dollar bills measures four square miles or approximately 1,936 football fields.
  • If you lived to be 80 years of age and you wanted to have $1 billion, you would have to save $34,000 each day of your life.
  • A shopper spending $20 per second would need 1,585 years to spend $1 billion.
Okay, now let’s apply what we have learned to RMEF.

One billion seconds is equal to 31.6888 years. If you do the math and turn the calendar pages back to the day RMEF officially began on May 14, 1984, you realize the organization is approximately that same age at 31-plus years. That means the RMEF accumulates roughly $1 of value per every second of our existence! 

RMEF: $1 Billion By the Numbers
One second = $1 of accumulated value
One minute = $60
One hour = $3,600
One day = $86,400
One week = $604,800
One month (31 days) = $2,678,400
One year = $31,536,000
One decade = $315,360,000

The $1 billion total is derived by the dollar amount contributed by RMEF plus the partner dollars leveraged by RMEF for its various projects since the organization’s founding. RMEF reached the milestone by carrying out 9,738 projects with a multitude –although not quite a billion– partners. Among them is the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state wildlife agencies from across the nation, private landowners, universities and many other governmental, tribal, civic, wildlife and sportsmen groups. 

We cannot thank our partners enough. Successful working partnerships are both vital and mandatory in bringing about significant on-the-ground conservation success. We are also grateful for the long-time and continuing support of our members, volunteers and sponsors who believe in our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. To all our RMEF supporters, we are thankful a billion times over!”

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