RMEF Attends White House Gathering Touting Conservation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as well as other conservation groups, state and federal agencies recently attended a White House briefing focused on conservation, the environment and leadership.

President Trump and other cabinet members or invited guests touched on a number of subjects including public lands, active forest management, wildfires, energy and the economy, ecosystem restoration and other issues.

“[The Department of] Interior (DOI) has also been focused on strengthening the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, which is the best in the world,” said DOI Secretary David Bernhardt. “The model was originally conceived by American hunters and anglers, who were the first to crusade for wildlife protection, and retain some of today’s most important conservation leadership.”

Bernhardt also said the since January 2017, the DOI opened or expanded hunting and fishing access to 385,000 acres of refuged lands. It also recently announced plans to open or expand an additional 1.4 million acres in national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries for new hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.

(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)