2017 National Convention – RMEF Tops One Million Acres in Public Access Projects

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The number-one concern we hear from our volunteers, members and other sportsmen and women is the all-important need for access to quality landscapes to hunt.

The quest to open and improve public access lies at the core of our conservation mission.
Last year alone, RMEF worked with its partners to open or secure access to more than 165,000 acres of public land.

And that pushed us to a noteworthy milestone of 1,000,000 acres in lifetime public access work.
Blake Henning


That new milestone is how many acres the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has opened or improved access to over its lifetime. If you do the math, that’s 84 acres per day, every day since its founding way back in 1984.

But how do we wrap our minds around that?

That translates into:

Square Miles


Football Fields - End Zones Included

RMEF’s first public access effort was the 16,440 acre Robb Creek project in southwest Montana. It remains open to the public today as a popular wildlife management area for hunters, hikers and others to enjoy.

The most recent project –the one that pushed us beyond the 1,000,000 acre mark – is the Alamocita Creek Project in west-central New Mexico. It not only permanently protected and opened public access to nearly 5,900 acres…but also improved access to 35,000 acres of surrounding public lands.

In between those transactions, RMEF worked with a wide range of conservation partners to successfully complete scores of projects across 23 different states with wild, free-ranging elk populations.

The bottom line is simply this…RMEF is committed to doing much more.

RMEF’s Access Elk Country Initiative aims for an annual goal of 50,000 acres of new or improved access per year…over the next three years…or 150,000 more acres by the year 2019.