“We find again and again that these outdoor industry leaders are ‘all in’ on what we’re about. They stand shoulder-to-shoulder in assisting us to carry out our conservation programs that benefit elk and elk country,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.
Current Elk Country Legacy program sponsors include Browning, Winchester, Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak, Cabela’s, Sitka and Grand View Media.
The Elk Country Legacy program focuses on four core RMEF programs:
Permanent Land Protection
RMEF aims to keep the most vital elk habitat wild and open to the public through permanent land protection. We achieve this through acquisitions, conservation easements, land exchanges and land donations. Founded by public-lands hunters, RMEF takes pride in each new acre we conserve and open, retiring “No Trespassing” signs and replacing them with ones that say, “Hunters Welcome.”
RMEF practices habitat stewardship by working with federal, state, tribal and private partners to deliver boots-on-the-ground projects like prescribed burning, forest thinning, noxious weed treatments, water development efforts and other projects that improve essential forage, water, cover and open space for elk and other wildlife.
RMEF works to restore wild, free-ranging elk to their native range from coast-to-coast and to ensure those populations not only survive, but thrive. To date, RMEF assisted with restoration projects in seven states and provinces.
RMEF upholds the opportunity for every American to hunt wild, free-ranging animals in healthy landscapes and works to maintain our proud hunting heritage. We strive to educate the public about hunters’ crucial role in wildlife restoration and habitat conservation in the past, present and future. And we work to instill the passion in tomorrow’s hunters and conservationists.
“Through the Elk Country Legacy program, RMEF is improving and protecting habitat for elk and other wildlife, restoring elk to their native ranges and driving home to millions of people the value of our hunting heritage and that Hunting is Conservation,” says Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of marketing. “We are very thankful to our Elk Country Legacy sponsors. These companies are leaders in our industry, investing in the future of hunting and conservation.”