The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation takes pride in being THE conservation organization devoted to protecting elk and elk country. In fact, RMEF’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat, and our hunting heritage. Carrying out that mission is a 7-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year venture, and it’s been that way since four elk hunters founded the RMEF 30 years ago.
Making things happen in elk country is a total team effort! That team features more than 203,000 RMEF members, 10,000-plus RMEF volunteers who provide the firepower for more than 500 chapters across America, wildlife agencies and professionals, and conservation-minded partners like SITKA Gear. “The RMEF continues to hit pivotal milestones in conservation efforts,” says Jonathan Hart, SITKA founder. “It’s great to be there with them to share it.”
In 2013 alone, RMEF enhanced or protected 112,760 acres of land toward an overall lifetime mark of more than 6.4 million acres, opened or secured public access to 62,027 acres toward an overall lifetime mark of 707,000 acres, completed 562 of 8,651 lifetime projects, and provided 357 grants in 44 states for hunting heritage and conservation outreach that directly reached more than 184,000 children and adults.
Continuing support from Sitka assisted RMEF with two significant land transactions in 2013 that greatly benefited hunters, hikers and those who enjoy the outdoors. The first was the Red Hill project in central Montana. RMEF purchased a mere 40-acre tract of land surrounded by huge private ranches south of Lewistown, but a 30-foot common boundary with a corner piece of public land greatly improved access to nearly 18,000 acres of the Lewis and Clark National Forest —prime habitat for elk, deer and other wildlife. RMEF offered the land to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks which opened the door there for hunters just in time for the 2013 general rifle season.
Two months later, RMEF finalized years of hard work with a successful collaborative effort that permanently protected and opened access to 13,082 acres in the Headwaters of the John Day River in northeast Oregon. The transaction also secured and improved access to tens of thousands of acres of publicly-owned National Forest System lands. The acreage was a vast checkerboard ownership pattern of alternating private and public sections but is now consolidated into one mass block of public ownership under management of the U.S. Forest Service. It is located in the Strawberry Mountains on the Malheur National Forest.
Sitka is proud of these significant conservation accomplishments and as a sponsor of RMEF Team Elk television, the Great Elk Tour, RMEF’s national convention, Elk Camp, Bugle magazine and several other RMEF initiatives and programs, continues to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with RMEF in ensuring the future of elk and elk country.
To show our support, any individual that joins the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as a Life Member will receive an exclusive Sitka Gear, RMEF Jacket. This go-to jacket will keep you comfortable in cool temperatures, high winds and everything in between. The WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric is 100% windproof yet breathable and lightly insulated with moisture-wicking micro-grid fleece.