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…]

Weed-killing Bugs to Improve Wildlife Habitat

MISSOULA, Mont.–Some 3,000 weevils are scheduled for an Aug. 12 release into areas of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest near Anaconda, Mont. If the bugs establish breeding populations and hold true to their species’ habit of boring into and killing spotted knapweed, a noxious plant that displaces native grasses and forbs, this “bio-control” project over time will improve significant habitat for elk and other wildlife.

The project is receiving funding and volunteer manpower from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, along with partnership and expertise from the U.S. Forest Service.

The weevil species to be released, Cyphocleonus achates, is known for laying eggs at the base of spotted knapweed plants. Developing larvae bore into the taproot, damaging weed tissues and eventually killing the plant. [Read more…]

Win a Dream Hunt with Cameron Hanes

Winner will hunt with Cam Hanes in 2011 with 2 travel days (an 8 hour horse-back ride to and from Camp) and 5 days of hunting. Travel to and from the outfitter will be the responsibility of the winner. Hunt to be filmed for the Elk Foundation’s Elk Chronicles Television Show on the Outdoor Channel-RMEF Team Elk. [Read more…]

RMEF Calls on Congress to Reform Endangered Species Act

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is calling for immediate Congressional review and reform of the Endangered Species Act following a judge’s decision yesterday to reinstate full federal protection for gray wolves.

The Aug. 5 ruling means state wildlife agencies no longer have authority to manage skyrocketing wolf populations–even in areas where wolf predation is driving cow elk, moose and elk calf survival rates below thresholds needed to sustain herds for the future.

RMEF says the judge has opened a door for perhaps the greatest wildlife management disaster in America since the wanton destruction of bison herds over a century ago. [Read more…]

Henning to Lead RMEF Lands and Conservation Programs

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has announced the promotion of 10-year employee Blake Henning to the position of vice president of lands and conservation.

Henning will oversee habitat enhancement projects, grant programs, conservation easements, land acquisitions and transfers to public agencies, stewardship contracting and other programs at the center of RMEF’s mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

RMEF has helped to conserve or enhance habitat on over 5.8 million acres. So far in 2010, it has helped to permanently protect over 22,000, and enhance over 16,000, acres. [Read more…]

RMEF Announces Conservation Grants for Minnesota

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

The new RMEF funding, totaling $29,965, will affect Beltrami, Goodhue, Kittson, Marshall, Otter Tail, Roseau and Wilkin counties.

Other projects have statewide interest. [Read more…]

RMEF 50th Anniversary Commemorative Rifle

Caliber: .300 Savage
Capacity: 4 Round
Barrel Length: 22”
Overall Length: 42”
Weight: 7 lbs
Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Your Price: $1250.00

The RMEF is pleased to present a very special offer to our membership, the rare opportunity to own a Savage Arms 50th Anniversary Commemorative Model 110 Classic rifle.  The classically styled short action model is the first ever Savage bolt-action rifle chambered in 300 savage.  With only 1000 rifles produced, our friends at Savage Arms have decided to offer the remaining rifles to RMEF to sell in support of our mission.  These highly collectible rifles MSRP for $1724, but through this special offer to the RMEF membership we are selling them for just $1250 (shipping included) while supplies last!

The special edition rifle features a high luster blued barreled action, a high-grade hinged floorplate with 24-karat gold plating and etch block scroll patterns on both sides of the receiver.  Other details include 24-karat gold plated double barrel bands, 24-karat gold plated Accutrigger and an embossed recoil pad.  The beautiful semi-fancy American walnut stock features a distinctive checkering pattern with wraparound checkering and a shadow line cheekpiece.

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Attention All States- Prepare to be Sued Over Wolves

MISSOULA, Mont.—With their latest petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, animal rights activists are preparing to sue for federally mandated release of wolves in every state, warn officials with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

David Allen, RMEF president and CEO, says animal rights groups have learned that introducing wolves translates to major fundraising, and activists have found a way to exploit the Endangered Species Act—as well as taxpayer-funded programs that cover lawyer fees—to push their agenda and build revenue through the courts. [Read more…]

Conservation Groups Work to Acquire Key Land on Tenderfoot Creek

MISSOULA, Mont. (July 20, 2010)—If you’re even a casual trout angler, you’ve probably heard of Montana’s Smith River. Even if you don’t give a hoot about fishing, the Smith is still a special place, because this blue-ribbon trout stream has blue-ribbon scenery to match. Anyone lucky enough to draw a permit to float it is in for an unforgettable 59-mile trip through the towering limestone canyon carved by the Smith.

Smack in the heart of that canyon, the river is joined by a gorgeous tributary flowing in from the east. Tenderfoot Creek not only provides vital spawning habitat for the Smith’s bruiser browns and rainbows, it’s a five-star trout stream in its own right. Follow the Tenderfoot up through the Little Belt Mountains and you’ll find yourself in the lair of legendary bull elk and buck mule deer. From massive aspen stands to high alpine basins, it’s classic Big Sky elk country.

Now, thanks to an agreement between the Bair Ranch Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Tenderfoot Trust, 8,200 acres along Tenderfoot has the opportunity to be conserved and opened to the public. The land lies in a checkerboard of ownership, with almost 13 square miles interspersed with National Forest land. [Read more…]