MISSOULA, Mont. –-(Ammoland.com)- Florida was never home to wild elk, but the species remains a true inspiration for conservationists active in Florida chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Since 1984, Florida elk enthusiasts have raised over $1.2 million for elk habitat projects mainly in the West, plus thousands more for conservation and education initiatives at home. To date, these initiatives have helped instill a stronger outdoor ethic in more than 13,000 Floridians.
Elk Foundation banquets and other fundraiser events, billed as “Great Times for a Great Cause,” are coming up in Fort Myers, Vero Beach, Dania Beach, Jacksonville and elsewhere in Florida. To learn more, visit www.elkfoundation.org.
“Florida is home to thousands of conservationists who are fascinated by elk and devoted to ensuring the future of elk habitat. While they're at it, they're also supporting worthy causes right in their own backyards,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.
A 2008 grant from the Elk Foundation helped fund the recent Florida 4-H Shooting Sports Classic Shootout. Previous grants funded Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops, 4-H marine ecology, archery, habitat evaluation and shooting programs, and activities and events for outdoor newcomers and youths.
A committee of local Elk Foundation volunteers and staff awards grants each year.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has already conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.4 million acres a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. Most work occurs on public lands. More than 570,000 acres have been opened or secured for public access including hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK
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