Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy New Year!

RMEF Family,

Welcome to 2017! Where did 2016 go? It seems the older I get, the faster the calendar pages turn.

Looking back, 2016 was a year to remember marked by several milestones. Just thirteen days ago, we were thrilled to be part of a successful effort to see elk returned to their native range in West Virginia. Also this past month, RMEF reached a major milestone by topping seven million acres in land permanently protected or enhanced through habitat stewardship work. In November, we topped one million acres in public access projects. And in August, RMEF surpassed 10,000 lifetime conservation projects.

These accomplishments did not take place by happenstance. We planned for it. Our conservation mission is carried out by following a series of goals and initiatives we have in place. In 2017, we plan to restore or improve 115,000 acres of elk country, open or secure access to a minimum of 50,000 acres of public lands, continue to do what we can to restore elk to their native range in the East while also protecting and improving elk habitat, and step up efforts to ensure the future of our hunting heritage for our children and grandchildren.

The bottom line is 2017 will be what we make of it. Thanks to you—our dedicated volunteers, members, conservation partners/sponsors and friends– we plan on meeting and exceeding our shared goals and making it a year to remember!


David Allen
RMEF President and CEO

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