|RMEF Board Chair Chuck Roady (left)|
amd Lands & Conservation Committee
member Dwight Fielder
Staff and board members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation visited Washington, D.C. September 13-15 to attend the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation annual banquet and to visit with key members of Congress to advocate for passage of land management and sportsmen provisions before the Energy Conference Committee. RMEF visited with six members of the conference committee including Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) as well as senior staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Natural Resources Committee.
Board Chair Chuck Roady and board members Jerry Pionessa and Fred Lekse made the trip with Lands & Conservation Committee member Dwight Fielder, Chief Conservation Officer Blake Henning and Government Affairs Director Mark Lambrecht. RMEF asked the conferees for forestry reform, wildfire funding reform, litigation relief, Land & Water Conservation Fund reauthorization, sportsmen’s bill language and wolf delisting to be included in the final conference committee report. It appears there will be no energy conference agreement before Congress recesses until after the November elections, though negotiations are ongoing.
RMEF also visited with key officials from the US Forest Service, the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to discuss ongoing and planned conservation projects, congressional issues, national monument designations and management options for wild horses and burros.
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|Fielder, Roady, Board members Fred Lekse & Jerry Pionessa, Government Affairs Director Mark|
Lambrecht & Chief Conservation Officer Blake Henning (left to right)