This is such a wonderful time of the year. Many of us are fresh off spending time in the backcountry, mountains or the woods chasing elk, deer or other game. Those outings strengthened relationships with family and friends as well as our ties to scenic landscapes and the wildlife we all cherish.
2015 was a year to remember for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. RMEF permanently protected and opened or secured public access to tens of thousands of acres of prime elk habitat. Thanks to our passionate volunteers, dedicated members and our partners, we financed and helped carry out scores of habitat enhancement projects to improve the countryside for elk and other critters. We also reached out to more youth to pass on our hunting heritage way of life.
Shortly, Santa will make his annual rounds and we all look forward to that, right? May I suggest that some of the best gifts we can give and resolutions we can make are to be grateful for our blessings, give thanks to those around us and resolve to be better hunter-conservationists. I am grateful to be a part of this growing conservation organization that does so much to carry out our shared mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, our habitat and our hunting heritage. Thank you for all you do! I am also extremely thankful for my wife and my boys.
I want to wish each of you a 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 things we all enjoy in the outdoors, including the abundant wildlife and habitat resources.
M. David Allen
RMEF President & CEO