MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $71,055 in grant funding to bolster hunting heritage outreach and habitat stewardship projects across 36 counties in Pennsylvania.
“Ensuring the future of hunting and our shared outdoor way of life is a vital part of RMEF’s conservation mission,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Twenty-seven of the 30 granted projects are directed toward youth camps, hunter and outdoor education, shooting sports and conservation-related activities and events.”
Three additional projects focus on wildlife habitat. One of them, in Cameron County, seeks to enhance and expand habitat in State Game Land 14 through a combination of noxious weed treatments, clearing stumps and woody debris, implementing seeding and fertilizing, and creating new forage openings that benefit elk and other wildlife. Another, RMEF’s first in Potter County, improves elk habitat in the Susquehannock State Forest.
The grants provide funding for projects in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Potter, Schuylkill, Somerset, Sullivan, Venango, Warren and Westmoreland Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit.
“Without the dedication of our volunteers, hosting fundraising banquets, recruiting of members and holding other special events, these grants would not be possible,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We are grateful for them and the ability to make such an impact in their backyards throughout the state of Pennsylvania.”
There are nearly 13,000 RMEF members and 28 chapters in Pennsylvania.
Since 1991, RMEF and its partners completed 425 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Pennsylvania with a combined value of more than $25 million. These projects protected or enhanced 26,907 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 10,152 acres.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.