The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.
RMEF conserved or enhanced more than
6.2 million acres of habitat since 1984
For 25 years RMEF has been a leader in permanently protecting the most vital
wildlife habitats. From crucial elk winter and summer ranges to calving grounds
RMEF continues a focus on conserving the best of elk country. Additionally, RMEF
funds and conducts a variety of projects to improve forage, water, cover and space
components of wildlife habitat.
Membership in RMEF swelled to an all-time high of 196,079 as of December 31,
2012, marking the fourth consecutive year of record membership.
RMEF will accelerate efforts to open and secure more land accessible to the public.
RMEF already opened up more than 642,000 acres of long off-limits elk country
for the public to hunt, fish and enjoy.
RMEF completed successful elk restoration programs in Kentucky, Tennessee, the
Great Smoky Mountains, Wisconsin and Ontario. In 2012, RMEF assisted with
efforts in Virginia, continued efforts to augment elk herds in Missouri and Wisconsin,
and funded a feasibility study for a possible reintroduction into Maryland.
Predator Management and Control
In 2013, RMEF will maintain its vigilance in monitoring and advocating predator
management and control efforts. RMEF will fund continuing research projects,
work with Congress and state agencies, track legislative matters, educate hunters
and the public, and rally members on predator-related issues so all wildlife
populations can be sustained forever.
Hunting is Conservation
RMEF celebrates the vital role hunters play in conservation. Early leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold shaped a set of ideals now known as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation that declares wildlife belongs to all of us, that each citizen is entitled to hunt and fish, and that science-based, state management would drive and fund wildlife conservation. Through license sales and excise taxes on equipment, hunters and anglers provide the vast majority of funding that allows state wildlife agencies to successfully manage our wildlife resources.