RMEF Grants for Montana Conservation Projects

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wolf-related research on elk productivity and survival in the Bitterroot Valley, plus a variety of forest, weed and habitat management efforts, headline a slate of projects selected for 2011 grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The new RMEF grants total $210,705 and affect Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Gallatin, Granite, Missoula, Lewis and Clark, Powder River, Powell, Ravalli and Sanders counties. [Read more…]

Arkansas Elk Habitat Improved Via RMEF Grants

MISSOULA, Mont.—More than 10,400 acres of public land in Arkansas have been enhanced for wildlife as part of a slate of conservation and education projects receiving funding by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

Two habitat projects affected the Ozark National Forest and Buffalo National River in Marion, Newton and Searcy counties. Two education projects had statewide interest.

Together, the grants from RMEF totaled $49,680. [Read more…]

Youth Education Headlines RMEF Grants in Illinois

MISSOULA, Mont.—Wild elk haven’t roamed the Illinois landscape for more than a century but the species remains an inspiration for conservationists active in Illinois chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Since 1988, Illinoisans have raised over $2 million for RMEF elk habitat projects, mainly in the West, while keeping almost $80,000 for conservation and education initiatives at home.

In 2010, RMEF and its Illinois supporters are funding a variety of outdoor skills programs for youths, women and the physically challenged across the state. Seven projects were selected to receive grants, affecting Cass, Clinton, Henderson, Menard, Mercer, Perry, Pope, Sangamon, Warren and Winnebago counties.

An additional project has statewide interest.

“Illinois is home to thousands of conservationists devoted to ensuring the future of elk and elk habitat. While they’re at it, they’re also supporting worthy causes right in their own backyards,” said David Allen, president and CEO of RMEF. [Read more…]

RMEF Education Grants for Maryland, Delaware

RMEF Education Grants for Maryland, Delaware

MISSOULA, Mont.–Conservation education projects in nine counties in Maryland and one county in Delaware have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding for Maryland, totaling $7,315 will affect Allegany, Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Garrett, Harford, Montgomery and Wicomico counties. An additional project has statewide interest. [Read more…]

RMEF Announces Conservation Grants for Pennsylvania

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wildlife conservation and public education projects in 18 Pennsylvania counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $115,580, will affect Armstrong, Bedford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Fayette, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga and Washington counties.

Other projects have statewide interest. [Read more…]

Wyoming Conservation Projects to Receive RMEF Grants

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wildlife conservation projects in 12 Wyoming counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $335,500, will affect Albany, Big Horn, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Sheridan, Sublette and Teton counties.

“These grants are possible because of the successful banquets and fundraisers staged over the past year by our Wyoming volunteers–most of whom are elk hunters as well as devoted conservationists,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Since 1984, our annual grants have helped complete 408 different projects in Wyoming with a combined value of more than $40 million.” [Read more…]

Maryland Events, Projects Draw Elk Foundation Grants

 

 

MISSOULA, Mont.—Wild elk haven’t roamed the Maryland countryside in over a century, but the species remains an inspiration to the state’s Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation members. These devoted conservationists raise money to ensure the future of elk in other states—and fund public education efforts at home.

Nine Maryland counties including Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Garrett, Hartford, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s are slated for conservation education events using $10,158 in new grants from the Elk Foundation.

Four additional projects have statewide interest.

David Allen, president and CEO of the Montana-based Elk Foundation, said, “Our volunteers and members in Maryland helped drive the 2008 fundraisers that made these grants possible. This is where Elk Foundation banquets, auctions and other events transform into on-the-ground conservation and education work, and its part of the payday for supporters who are passionate about giving something back to the outdoors.”

RMEF grants will help fund the following Maryland projects, listed by county:

Anne Arundel County—Sponsor Kids & Cops 2009 Youth Field Day in Pasadena to introduce youths to safe hunting and fishing.

Baltimore City—Sponsor Upper Bay Greenwing Youth Event hosted by Ducks Unlimited in Baltimore to build interest in conservation and outdoor recreation.

Caroline County—Sponsor Maryland 2009 National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor in Henderson to introduce the public to hunting, fishing, sport shooting and conservation.

Cecil County—Sponsor Northern Chesapeake Sportsmen for Kids 2009 Field Day in North East to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, sport shooting and conservation.

Charles County—Sponsor Patuxent Sportsmen for Kids 2009 Youth Field Day in Waldorf to introduce youths to conservation and outdoor recreation.

Garrett County—Sponsor Cecil County Forest Conservancy college-credit conference in Sudlersville for high school students interested in a career in forestry or natural resource management (also affects Montgomery and Garrett counties).

Hartford County—Sponsor Mason-Dixon Outfitters 2009 Youth Hunt Day in Pylesville to introduce youths to conservation and hunting, including an actual bird hunt.

Montgomery County—Sponsor Maryland 2009 National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration in Germantown to introduce the public to outdoor recreation and conservation.

Queen Anne’s County—Sponsor Maryland 2009 Junior Hunter Field Day in Sudlersville to provide youths with opportunities to learn from Maryland Department of Natural Resources professionals (also affects Montgomery and Garrett counties).

Statewide—Sponsor the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, which assists the Maryland Legislative Caucus in advancing issues related to hunting, fishing, sport shooting and conservation; sponsor Maryland Natural Resource Police Wildlife Display, a mobile exhibit that will appear at fairs and other events to educate the public about native species; sponsor Maryland National Archery in the Schools for 2009-2010 to introduce students to archery; provide support for redesigned Maryland RMEF Web site as a resource for hunters and conservationists.

Since 1984, the Elk Foundation and its partners have completed more than 54 education and conservation projects in Maryland with a value of more than $440,000.

Partners for 2009 projects in Maryland include the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, local sportsmen associations, retailers and conservation organizations.

Support from Maryland RMEF members helped reintroduce elk into parts of their historic range in Kentucky, Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Those herds are now expanding into Virginia and West Virginia. Pennsylvania also has a thriving elk herd. Funding from Maryland is currently helping to build a new Elk Country Visitor Center in central Pennsylvania, which will be the largest elk viewing and conservation education facility in the eastern U.S.

Elk Foundation Grants to Benefit 13 Pennsylvania Counties

 

 

MISSOULA, Mont. Thirteen counties in Pennsylvania are slated for conservation education and wildlife habitat projects using $146,996 in new grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The 2009 RMEF grants will affect Armstrong, Blair, Clarion, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Jefferson, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mercer, Potter, Sullivan and Washington counties.

Three additional projects have statewide interest.

Our volunteers across Pennsylvania helped drive the 2008 fundraisers that made these grants possible. This is where Elk Foundation banquets, auctions and other events transform into on-the-ground conservation work, and its part of the payday for supporters who are passionate about giving something back to the outdoors, said David Allen, Elk Foundation president and CEO.

Elk Foundation grants will help fund the following Pennsylvania projects, listed by county:

Armstrong County Sponsor Armstrong County Sportsmen and Conservation League Youth Field Day to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation; sponsor Keystone Junior Sportsmen’s Club project to develop forage plots to enhance wildlife habitat.

Blair County Sponsor Blair County 2009 Youth Field Day to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation.

Clarion County Sponsor Clarion County 2009 Youth Field Day to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation.

Elk County Assist with funding for Pennsylvania Elk Country Visitor Center (under construction), a $12.4 million partnership project between the commonwealth and RMEF; plant forage plots to enhance wildlife habitat at the above site; assist with St. Mary’s Area Middle School 2009 Helping Hands for Habitat with habitat stewardship projects for elk.

Erie County Sponsor Erie County Youth Field Day to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation.

Fayette County Sponsor Fayette Gun Club 2009 Shooting and Conservation Program to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation.

Jefferson County Sponsor Camp Friendship Fishing Derby to introduce youths to outdoor recreation and conservation.

Lehigh County Sponsor Camp Compass Academy 2009 Shooting Program to introduce youths to outdoor recreation and conservation.

Lycoming County Sponsor Muncy Creek Sportsmen 2009 Youth Outdoor Education project to introduce youths to outdoor recreation and conservation (also affects Sullivan County).

Mercer County Sponsor Mercer County 2009 Youth Conservation Camp to introduce youths to conservation and related outdoor issues.

Potter County Sponsor Keith Kelligan Kids Fishing Derby to introduce youths to outdoor recreation and conservation.

Statewide Sponsor Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education Teacher Workshops to educate teachers about wildlife, habitat and conservation; sponsor Pennsylvania 2009 Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus to education lawmakers about conservation issues; sponsor Pennsylvania Hunters Sharing the Harvest which provides hunter-harvested venison to underprivileged families.

Sullivan County Sponsor East Lycoming and Sullivan County School Districts 2009 Outdoor Education to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, shooting and conservation (also affects Lycoming County); sponsor North Mountain Sportsmen’s Association 2009 Youth Field Day; sponsor Sullivan County High School 2009 Shooting Sports.

Washington County Sponsor Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors to provide hunting and fishing opportunities for disabled veterans; sponsor Allenport Rod and Gun Club Children’s Annual Fishing Contest; sponsor Roscoe Sportsmen’s Association Junior Trap League and Roscoe Sportsmen’s Association 2009 Youth Field Day; sponsor California Hill Gun Club 2009 Scholastic Clay Target Program.

Since 1984, the Elk Foundation and its partners have completed more than 175 education and conservation projects in Pennsylvania with a value of more than $14.4 million.

Partners for 2009 projects in Pennsylvania include the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Richard King Mellon Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Thoresen Foundation, Safari Club International, Eastern Chapter Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and many individual donors, local sportsmen associations, landowners and conservation organizations.