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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pennsylvania Wildlife Reclamation, Elk Monitoring, Hunting Heritage Projects Receive RMEF Funding

Below is a complete listing of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2016 grants for the state of Pennsylvania. Find more information here.

Armstrong County—Provide funding for the Armstrong County Sportsmen and Conservation League 2016 Youth Field Day that offers education about and outdoor skills including fishing, archery, trapping, wildlife identification and calling, compass reading and hands-on instruction with shooting muzzle loaders, shotguns and .22 rifles.

Bedford County—Provide funding to purchase equipment and teach archery skills to all students in grades 8-12 enrolled in the Northern Bedford County School District; provide funding for the Everett Sportsmen Junior Rifle Club which promotes safety, education and instruction for indoor competitive rifle competition; and provide funding for the Everett Area High School rifle team to help offset the cost of ammunition.

Blair Country—Provide funding to support the Keystone Sportsmen for Youth’s 2016 Youth Field Day that offers the opportunity for youth to learn outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, shooting, elk and elk habitat.

Centre County—Fund reclamation work on 10.5 acres of wildlife habitat on State Game Lands #100, adding to an approximate 260 acres of recent or ongoing reclamation projects in the same area which is home to an expanding elk herd; and award an RMEF elk education trunk to Centre Hall Potter Elementary School for the school's Science Night and throughout the year for educating youth about elk and conservation in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Chester County—Provide funding to purchase training supplies for the Main Line Trap Academy, a competitive youth program designed to develop skills in clay target shooting with emphasis on safety, teamwork, personal responsibility and fun for boys and girls in grades 5-12.

Clearfield County—Host a SAFE Challenge event at the Glendale Sportsman’s Club to teach safe and responsible firearms use and proper firearms cleaning techniques. Participants will experience hands-on range target shooting with .22 rifles and/or pellet guns.

Crawford County—Provide funding for the Lake Edinboro Sportsman's League's Youth Clay Target Shooting and Development Program which introduces competitive clay target shooting to youth and teaches safe and responsible firearm handling, coaching and instructing sub-junior, junior and senior teams for competition at local, state and national venues. 

Dauphin County—Provide funding for the annual Capital Area Sportsmen for 2016 Youth Field Day that offers youth education in a wide variety of outdoor activities including archery, fishing, shooting, fly tying, boating safety, canoeing and a Cherokee Run obstacle course. RMEF's volunteers staff a wildlife tracking and sign learning station using a program developed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and items from RMEF's Elk Education Kit.

Elk County—Provide funding to purchase of 12 GPS collars which offer more accurate data on elk use of habitat as well as reduce staff time and fuel commitments while standardizing locational data collection to better determine annual survival estimates, habitat selection and population estimation (also benefits Cameron, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton and Potter Counties); and provide funding for the Elk County Sportsmen for Youth annual Youth Field Day which offers hands-on instruction in various outdoor activities including .22 rifle and 20-gauge rifle shooting, trapping, camping, wild turkey identification and calling, archery and fishing.

Fayette County—Provide funding to assist the Fayette County Sportsmen's League in training Fayette County youth weekly for six months in preparation for the regional and statewide Pennsylvania Youth Hunter Education Challenge competitions.

Forest County—Provide funding for supplies benefiting the Forest County 2016 Youth Field Day which offers educational and experience opportunities in fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities to youth.

Greene County—Provide funding for the Hunting Hill Hawkeyes, Greene County's Scholastic Clay Target Program team, formed in 2009 which promotes and teaches youth the fundamentals of gun safety and the value of wildlife preservation.

Jefferson County—Provide funding for a free, family-friendly event hosted by the Jefferson County Sportsmen for Youth that features shooting sports, archery, demonstrations, fishing and canoeing in Reynoldsville.

Lycoming County—Provide funding to assist the Muncy Creek Sportsmen Club in its quest to involve youth in outdoor activities including fishing, camping, shooting and conservation. The funding will help stock streams and maintain trout (also benefits Sullivan County).

Philadelphia County—Provide funding to assist the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program which builds a corps of knowledgeable citizen volunteers who provide education, outreach and stewardship toward the conservation of natural resources within their communities (also benefits Bucks, Chester, Lancaster and Berks Counties).

Sullivan County—Provide funding to assist the Sullivan County High School Shooting Sports Team participate in various disciplines of shooting sports by purchasing targets and uniforms, and assisting with travel fees and other expenses. (Morgan Craft, a former club member, shot in the International Skeet category in the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro); provide funding to benefit sixth grade students in East Lycoming and Sullivan County School Districts to receive hands-on instruction in shooting and archery, and learn about Pennsylvania's elk herd, water conservation, wildlife identification through tracks, scats and skulls and Native American culture (also benefits Lycoming County); and provide funding to assist the Sullivan County High School shooting team and Youth International Shotgun Training Coalition Association with ammunition and targets for youth and young adult shotgun competitors to allow them to compete in national junior Olympic and international competitions (also benefits Bradford and Lycoming Counties). 

Washington County—Provide funding for the Roscoe Sportsmen’s Association youth trap shooting league that teaches firearms safety, etiquette, ethics and teamwork as well as help cover the cost of materials and supplies and provide volunteer manpower.

Westmoreland County—Provide funding for the Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen’s Club 2016 Youth Field Day which offers hunters with instruction in field safety and small game hunting as well as archery, skeet shooting and other outdoor activities.

Statewide—Provide funding for the Wildlife Leadership Academy and its mission to empower high school students from across the state –selected for their academic performance, community service experience and interest in wildlife biology and conservation– to become ambassadors for wildlife conservation in order to ensure a sustained wildlife legacy for future generations.

Partners for the Pennsylvania projects include the Pennsylvania Game Commission and various sportsmen, civic and other groups.

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